1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I worked in equity research with the mining team. On the first day I was set the task of creating a table in Microsoft Excel to calculate various figures for my manager to use in the following morning's report. After completing this task, I was set an extended project designed to take me all week where I had to reformat an full Excel spreadsheet to make it easier to read and find data.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I learned lots of in depth tips on how to use Excel and I developed my ability to work with spreadsheets as I previously only had a basic knowledge of the program. I was taught how to speed up my work and several new formulas to calculate different quantities. I also learned some new networking skills in talking to various professionals whom I'd never met.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoyed the program as I was kept busy most of the time and I enjoyed the majority of work I was set. I also enjoyed the other activities organised by J.P. Morgan such as the networking session and the initial icebreaker.
4. How valued do you feel by J.P. Morgan?
I felt very valued by J.P. Morgan because the work I was doing was relevant and important to my manager. Everyone I met treated me with respect and acted as if I was a valuable member of the team. I enjoyed getting to do the same work that my managers were doing because I knew it was important.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It was quite well organised and structured as we had some introductory sessions such as networking and compliance however once we reached our line of business it wasn't as organised as our managers hadn't prepared much work for us and so were coming up with tasks as we went along.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I received a lot of support from my training provider because she organised our introductory sessions. She also offered us support through the week when we had problems with IT or if we needed any help.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My manager was very quiet all week and didn't really speak to me very much. This made the work experience quite boring as I was sat in silence for several hours at a time. He did however offer his support with the work he set if I needed it.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary package met my costs extremely well as travel and accommodation were covered. The only problem was the gap between finishing our employment and getting paid as it took a full week. Also we were taxed incorrectly on our earnings which we then had to reclaim.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There were not that many opportunities outside of work, especially as I worked such long hours and often wasn't finishing until half past 7 in the evening. J.P. Morgan didn't organise any activities outside of work and the SMF had a networking event with university students that we attended however it wasn't very useful as we didn't have very long there.
9. Would you recommend J.P. Morgan to a friend?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at J.P. Morgan both this year and last year. The people I've met have all been very friendly and the internships are both fun and informative. I have not had much experience with other Investment Banks however I can't imagine them offering placements as insightful as those offered by J.P. Morgan.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to J.P. Morgan?
It is vital to apply early to the internships offered by J.P. Morgan as the applications are often judged on a first come, first served basis. Also, they ask for a CV so you must ensure that your CV is detailed, accurate and represents all of your personal skills and abilities. You must take your time with your application to ensure that it is filled out to the best of your ability.
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