• Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • I was assigned a project from the start so day-to-day work generally involved a large chunk of solo project work. This work required a high level of coding so most of my day is spent coding in python. In addition, I would have frequent meetings with my team to provide an overview of their work and they would set smaller projects related to this. Additionally, I would have meetings with different business representatives to get a feel for certain other roles within the bank.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • The main noticeable improvement for me was in my programming skills. Although I was able to code in python prior to this internship, the continued use of it over the past few months has increased the efficiency and style of scripts and allowed me to explore alternative functionality within modules to what I was previously used to. My knowledge of finance has increased generally due to the provided training sessions and constant exposure. Another development which I have found is my ability to solve problems for myself before needing to ask for help. This development has definitely been enhanced by the virtual working conditions.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 3/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • The main bulk of my work was on my own project which was almost entirely self directed. Within this, I was given the freedom to explore particular areas of research which I considered relevant and interesting and attempt to incorporate them into my project. On the other hand, if I were to need help or advice, my team were more than happy to provide assistance. Arranging meetings and networking was also often my own responsibility.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 5/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • As previously mentioned, the work was self-directed but if I required any opinions on what I had done or suggestions on what areas of research to look into next, my team and various other individuals were all wiling to help. I also received much support from the Grad Recruitment team who provided quick responses to any email I sent their way. They would be good at reaching out and keeping us up-to-date with issues such as the work from home guidance.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 5/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Despite the virtual working conditions, the culture within the company was still apparent. When reaching out to new people and to ask to hear more about their work or to ask for advice, everyone was more than happy to have a virtual coffee and chat. When in the office, it was good to see it was a friendly environment. We also heard from multiple of the internal networks around diversity and inclusivity in the workplace, supporting the respectful culture.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 3/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 4/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I have very much enjoyed my internship experience. It has been interesting to explore different roles within the industry and I have particularly enjoyed the project I was set and the ability to explore relevant areas which I found interesting. In addition, despite the general virtual working conditions, the internship has been well organised. I also had the opportunity to work in the office for a few days which was great to finally meet my team and some of the other interns in that setting.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 4/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Nomura
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Nomura to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to Nomura
  • My advice for the applications would be to firstly describe in reasonable detail their relevant experience, be that previous internships or particular modules within their degree that are applicable to the role. For the interviews I would advise preparing general answers to questions such as 'Why this role?' and lookback over any particular details included in their CV. I would also remind them to be approachable and engaging as the hiring managers ultimately want someone they are happy to work with.

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Internship (1-4 Months)

Banking - Investment

Central London and City

August 2021

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