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Role Description

4 stocks to research, model, write an investment report for and then present a buy/sell recommendation to a panel over an 8 week period.

  1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  2. Overall was an enjoyable and productive experience.


  3. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  4. Except for my buddy/mentors didn't really have any interaction with anyone else in the team. One fund manager came and spoke to us for about 5 minutes across the 7 weeks we were in the office. HR were v.friendly, however, and often came to check up on us.


  5. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  6. Sessions with mentors were excellent, however when they weren't around we were left to get on with work on our own, which had a bit of a 'lost at sea' feel to it.


  7. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  8. Always had projects to get on with, however for the first 2 at least I finished with a few days to go and so spent quite a lot of time going over the work/reading investment notes that were circulated by emails/scrolling through bloomberg. Days definitely went quicker when we had meetings/'lunch and learns'to break up the day.


  9. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  10. None, but this is completely understandable considering the nature of the job. In fact the internship would probably have been much less enjoyable had we been engaged in work that would actually contribute as this would likely have been quite and nondescript and manual.


  11. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  12. No contribution to my degree, however, accounting, equity research, stockpicking, excel modelling, financial analysis and general knowledge/insight into the asset management industry could prove to be invaluable for a career in the industry.


  13. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  14. Everyone was friendly but in general quite a serious, heads down and work kind of atmosphere. Not too much fun/jokes to be had. Sometimes felt like we were disturbing those working around us when we spoke between us.


  15. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  16. V.well organised.


  17. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  18. 1 weeks worth of full training at the beginning of the internship which was particularly useful considering I am from a non-finance based background. One-to-one sessions with mentors were excellent and insightful, wouldn't have been able to do the work we were set without them!


  19. What were the perks on your work placement?
  20. Company Parties/Events

    Above 25 days holiday


  21. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  22. Unfortunately wasn't offered a job. Only 2/6 equity research interns were offered full time jobs which I thought was quite brutal considering how difficult it is to get a place on the internship.


  23. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  24. Was a good bunch of us, regularly went out for lunches and evening drinks. Couple of bigger nights as well.


  25. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  26. London so pretty expensive!


  27. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  28. Lots of men in suits! Generally tried to bolt out of The City for any nights out.


  29. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  30. Had a Charity Day and the JPMorgan Charity run which were both a lot of fun, some evenings drinks and activities organised for after work by HR also.


  31. In addition to these questions, is there any extra information you would like to leave about your experiences on your work placement that other students may be interested in?

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Internship (1-4 Months)

Accountancy, Banking/Finance, Business Analytics, Economics, Financial Management

Central London and City

1st September 2014


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