• The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my exprience at Nomura. I was an intern in the Global Markets division, and thought the combination of desk work, group projects, networking and a final individial presentation worked together to provide a really good program! The business were extremely accomodating, and I got exposure to many senior members of the bank (at my own request). I would say everything is there at your disposal. How you actually utilise those things is entirely up to you.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Everybody had very unique experiences on this front. I personally felt like the business were investing in me and wanted to see me get the most out of the experience. I think once you get to the point of doing the internship everyone wants to see you do well. In terms of what you can actually do for the desk will vary by team, but I think aslong as you offer up your help, the team still appreciate that even if there's not a lot you can do.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I had really strong support networks within my team, and felt very lucky on that front. If there was ever something I asked to discuss my team were always incredibly accomodating. If they weren't available at that time we would schedule for later. That's not to say everything always went ahead as planned. People are busy and things come up! I think its important to be understanding of that, and not to get offended if something has to be rescheduled.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Super busy! Following the 1st week I think I worked on average 12-14 hours per day. I don't think the actual job will be this heavy and I know that every intern did not have this experience, so I wouldn't let it put you off. There is always work available for you to do via desk work/ networking/ group presentations, its really about how much time you want to dedicate to everything. Noone is clock watching and most managers are gone after 5pm, so its all on you.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • In terms of acutal responsibility not a lot. I did do the daily comments for my team, so that was real exposure. But outside of that it really varies from desk to desk. Because its harder to add value or get responsibilities from some teams than others due to the nature of their work, HR put a lot of time in for our group projects, so it was never like there was nothing to do.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I genuinely believe this internship was an invaluable experience. Even in a virtual environment, I was shocked by how much I developed in such a short space of time! In terms of communication and networking, the virtual environment almost forces you to do this more, because otherwise noone will actually know who you are. I also gained a lot of technica/ industry knowledge which I just don't think university could really give you. The best way to learn about this industry is to do an internship, and talk to the people who are already in it.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • When I was there for the Women's Immersion Programme, I liked the office atmosphere. Everyone was very approachable. However, given that my internship was virtual in Summer 2020, I didn't get to experience the atmorphere. What I can say, is despite having to do things online, everyone was still incredibly accomodating, and the culture at Nomura still really came through, with regards to how much effort staff made with interns, and how they made time to talk to us.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Extremely well organsied. Due to COVID this was the first year the bank ran a virtual internship. There was quite obviously so much work put into organising the whole internship in order for interns to get the most out of the experience. Of course there will always be tech issues etc. that come into this, and create problems that wouldn't normally be there, but that's just the nature of how the internship ran this year. Everything was very well planned and I was super impressed with the job HR and the teams done.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • A lot! Nomura put so much into the personal development and training of its interns! You normally can't get a graduate role at Nomura without completing the summer internship, so they really want to invest in you at that point so they can give people a job. This is apparent from HR perspective, but also from the desks. If a desk has a space and wants to hire, then they obviously want interns to perform well so they can offer them the job. Everyone is very much there to assist you on this front.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Financial Bonus

    Working from home


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I would be incredibly happy to begin my career within Nomura's Global Markets division. The company have quite fast routes for progression, and being a smaller bank you get more opportunities and responsibilities as a junior, which is incredibly appealing to me. The company culture again is something that aligns with my own ideals, and something that has stood out during my whole process. I believe that beginning a career in banking at a bank like Nomura would be a brilliant opportunity.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • 3/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • 3/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • 3/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • 3/5

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Internship (1-4 Months)

Greater London

August 2020

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