Analysis of local institutional and retail asset management markets with a view to identifying addressable opportunities for Janus and determining the firms’ growth strategy in those markets. Identification of key market participants, mandate types and sizes by sector and prospect to determine a reasonable conversion rate of addressable assets and apply this for the purpose of P&L/Cash flow forecasting.
Worked directly for Managing Director of Zurich office and Head of Netherlands for Nordic and Benelux plans. Reported directly to COO of EMEA and finance director.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my internship working for a top asset manager in London.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
As part of my internship, I was part of an international, group wide team analysing growth opportunities for the firm. As such I was made to feel as important as the rest of the employees working on the project and made to feel that my views were not not only welcomed but encouraged.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support and guidance offered by City Internships was fantastic. They were always on hand to offer help and advice and organise networking events. The support I received at my firm were also very good. They appreciated my initial lack of awareness surrounding my role, however they were very helpful in bringing me up to speed and always on hand to answer any questions I had.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was very busy on a daily basis. The growth plans we were working on had a strict deadline so the work often required late nights but this was not a problem - when you are working on such a large project that actually make a difference to a company you are more than happy to work hard.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given quite a large part degree of responsibility during my placement, something which was initially a bit daunting but I came to really enjoy as my contributions really mattered.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I developed will definitely help me in my future career. I significantly developed my soft skills such as speaking professionally on a telephone ( a skill which is quite often overlooked), presentation skills, analysing investment markets. Through the management team at city internships I also significantly imporved the look of my CV, developed an awarness of the role of business psychology and learned how to network effectively.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There was a very good atmosphere in the office. Everyone was available to have a chat when the opportunity presented itself. The team was very good and organized some fund activities during the Olympics.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was extremely well set up. As previously stated, I was given a very large degree of responsibility for a project with a top asset manager. The team at city internships were great in helping to organize accommodation for international interns like myself. The were also very helpful in organizing networking events.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
City internships invested a lot more in my personal training and development than I had expected. They regularly organized networking events, seminars in areas such as business psychology, and other extra curricular activities aimed to foster leadership and team work. The firm I was working for also organized in house networking and all the team members offered help and advice through out the course of the internship.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Although I would relish the opportunity to work for such a firm, unfortunately due to the economic strains on the industry the future employment prospects do not look very good.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene at the firm was quite good - we went out with several managers on completion of the project. Social activities organized by the city internships team were fantastic, with events at prestigious landmarks in London such as the former agricultural trading house and HMS President.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living was quite similar to that of Ireland where I am from. The cost of socializing was slightly cheaper
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife in the City lives up to its reputation.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?