Equity research Summer Analyst at Fidelity International

Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
£30,000+
Roles
Banking - Investment

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7.0/10

The Role
7.5
Organisation
7.0

Socialising

6.2

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

It was a fantastic opportunity to see how the asset management industry works and what an equity research analyst does on a day to day basis. While the actual research we carried out was very interesting and I learned a lot, I also realised that equity research is not something I would want to do as a full time job.

7/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

The equity research interns sat together which was good as we all got on very well and were able to help each other. However, we did not have much contact with the graduates and the other analysts.

8/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

The support from the HR team was amazing and they were always there if I needed anything, We also had two mentors assigned to us who gave us a lot of help and advice. Unfortunately, our direct manager was not very approachable and did not seem overly interested in helping us.

5/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

It was completely up to me to decide how to organise my time which meant I could balance my workload and there was no pressure to stay late.

8/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

We had complete responsibility over our projects. Admittedly they were not 'live' projects and did not have any actual business impact, but I had to decide which parts of the company I wanted to analyse, which competitors I thought were most relevant, what time period I was going to focus on, what method I wanted to use to value the company, etc.

9/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

The first week of the internship was completely devoted to training, both at Fidelity and also at an external provider. We also had a chance to spend time with people who have decades of experience in the sector which is invaluable and taught me how companies are valued in practice, which can be quite different from what I was taught at university. Overall, the experience helped me to improve how I organize my thoughts and opinions when I have to present an idea or argument.

8/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

It was the quietest office I have ever worked in - people were very focused on their work and did not seem to spend much time talking to their colleagues while in the office.

5/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The HR team was fantastic - we were given a calendar on the first day with all of the events that were planned for the whole internship so I always knew what was going to be happening. This was very important as it allowed me to organise my work around these events.

9/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

The company paid for a three day training course with an external provider. We also had mentoring sessions with very experienced fund managers whose time must be worth a lot of money!

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Company Parties/Events
5/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Fidelity seems like a good company to work for and has a lot more to offer than just equity research.

7/10

Social

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

We all got on very well and there were a lot of opportunities to go out if you wanted to.

8/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

It was in central London so obviously it was quite expensive.

5/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

It was in central London so there were plenty of choices.

5/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

We all took part in a charity day which was really fun and some people also participated in a charity run.

7/10

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