1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I'm titled as a Junior Analyst at Nomura, where I primarily handle managerial reporting.
I'm responsible for producing and maintaining various documents comprising a bi-weekly report that is passed via mail to the department heads and executive directors of the company regarding progress and highlights of global projects in the IT portfolio.
Outside of that I have undertaken numerous requests from other departments to produce further specialised reports on demand, and am about to undertake a Java project for another department in order to develop my skills further.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
In the course of my role so far I have become highly proficient in Excel, including the creation of custom VB macros to generate complex and refreshable weekly reports, I have learn how to use Business Objects, I have learnt the programming languages VB and Java to a rudimentary level, I have worked closely with a couple of team members to overhaul the state of reporting within my department and am loaned out to other departments as something of an SME in the creation of specialised and tailored reports.
Through my training provider I have taken courses in various business skills and practices, learnt SQL and Java, and networking.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I very much enjoy my time here at Nomura, the benefits are extremely good and the people are kind and friendly.
4. How valued do you feel by Nomura?
I feel that I receive recognition where it is deserved and am being utilised as a resource on a regular basis.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Organisation is no problem, but could have been more apparent. Outside of initial orientation organisation consisted primarily of occasional training sessions booked by my training provider (QA) and general work as provided by my manager.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Accessibility, support, and guidance while on course and via email is strong, I have no complaints, and feel well-cared for.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Though I've had no reason to contact HR, I feel that the HR presence at Nomura is strong and quick to respond to personal queries etc.
My mentor is easily contacted and happy to help.
General attitude is very open to support.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Very well, my annual compensation is more than enough to support my expenditure with regards to work and daily needs.
The company provides a travel loan system to ease the financial burden of travel cost.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are often events that are freely joinable as a Nomura employee, social environments are easily accessible and nearby.
9. Would you recommend Nomura to a friend?
Very strong employer, good standing in general, helpful employees.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Nomura?
Appeal to the general professionalism of an international banking organisation, but more than anything demonstrate the will to try.
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