1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Shadowing employers at J.P. Morgan and learning about different aspects within the business. My role specifically was learning about all the different asset classes on the trading floors. I spoke to different workers each working on different assets and the information I learnt was used when my team and I did a project in which we had to present to workers within the firm. Most of the second week was spent working on the project.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, I learnt how to research a topic I was unfamiliar about and explain it to an audience; the A-Level subjects which I do, does not require a lot of researching so the project definitely helped develop those skills. I also developed my presentation skills as it is rare for me to present to an audience, especially an audience in a working environment so it was very different but I feel after doing it, I was given good feedback which will help me in the future.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The programme was very enjoyable for me there was always things to do throughout the day, as well as in the evening. Some events were held by J.P. Morgan for the evening which was always useful and fun. The programme could of allowed us to see more aspects of the bank individually, however that would probably not be possible due to timing.
4. How valued do you feel by J.P. Morgan?
The employers at J.P. Morgan were always there to help anyone who needed it and they were all very friendly when I spoke to them.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Clearly a lot of thought has been put into the programme as our working day was very packed, there were many different talks from different people from all over the bank which had clearly taken a lot of time to put together. Perhaps we could of been given more time to be on the floors of the bank watching what they do and learning about it first-hand, also more time for doing our project would of been better too.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Our training providers would regularly come and check on us to see how our project was doing, sometimes they would give us a short talk about a certain topic which we needed help on. They also gave us a lot of feedback after we presented our presentation which will be very useful for the future.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Same as above. There were many people which you could receive help from, being mentor or HR team and the support given was always very helpful.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
N/A, the living costs and eating costs were paid for by the SMF, the 2 week programme did not involve payment.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
N/A, the 2 week work experience did have 2 networking events which allowed us to gain contacts for the future which was extremely useful.
9. Would you recommend J.P. Morgan to a friend?
They are a well established company with strong beliefs embedded within the firm which helps all the workers work well with one another as well as employing people from all different backgrounds. The people within the firm was always highlighted as they are very helpful and friendly.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to J.P. Morgan?
To show as best as possible how passionate you are about learning more about what goes on in the financial sector as J.P. Morgan do a very good job in informing you about what goes on within an investment bank.
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