• Skills
  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • First few days were introductions to the firm, presentations from partners etc and the basics of what an investment bank does. Also training provided on Investment Banking and Global Markets - introduction to core basic concepts. Proceeding this we were allocated a specific desk within our division and had to make a project. We were encouraged to network with other members of the firm and go for coffee chats in order to make more connections.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • Definitely! Learned some key excel shortcuts which were really helpful . Also, most of what I have learned is around conducting myself within that environment and having the confidence needed to approach people.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 3/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around personal or professional skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how the knowledge learned has helped you with regards to your career development
  • 4/5

    Business Insight

  • 3. What was it like understanding all about the business and potential roles available?
  • Multiple presentations were given by Managing Directors within the firm. However, jargon was not used and information was presented in a way which was easy to understand.

  • Please rate how insightful you found the insight
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the structure of the insight
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate business leader involvement during the insight
  • 4/5


  • 4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Although the people seemed very nice the hours that are expected are quite long, especially for analysts. It varied throughout the different desks but M&A and GII work for 14 hours or more per day. Was also quite elitist in terms of a lack of people from more underpriviliged backgrounds. It was also noticeable that certain segments had a significant lack of women, especially in roles of management.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 2/5

  • How would you rate the networking opportunities?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how valued you felt during your insight?
  • 3/5

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • I enjoyed the first few days of the insight but I was not prepared for the difficult environment. I think I was unlucky with my desk placement but my manager and buddy did not really allocated much time to me and seemed quite unbothered by the fact that I was present.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on the insight
  • 3/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 3/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Nomura
  • 4/5

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

  • 8. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Nomura
  • Research the firm! This would be a key differentiator for people, look at Greentech and other recent M&A deals that they have been involved. If you can relate this to ESG, even better.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Banking - Investment

Central London and City

April 2022

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