1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work at JPM, my department is called 3rd Party Derivatives processing. This means that I process back office confirmations on behalf of a client. On a day to day basis I am liaising with other teams within my department as they are highly dependent on one another, I am also liaising with my client and different counterparties' in order to fulfill expectations. I have to review and sign confirmations on behalf of a client and quite often this is not straight forward therefore I have to resolve disputes and discrepancies as well as business as usual maintenance.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
During my role I am continually building and developing my skills. On the apprenticeship side we have to complete exams and coursework, this means that I can develop a holistic view of the financial services industry. Additionally on a more bespoke level I have learnt a lot about derivatives as that is what my department specializes in.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
My program is a rewarding one, my work and study is well balanced and if one is suffering the other can adapt to suit this. The work is challenging yet satisfying and the company offer many benefits for developments of my career in the near and distant future.
4. How valued do you feel by J.P. Morgan?
As an apprentice, I feel valued within my department and amongst the campus. We are given many opportunities by the schools program to get involved in events and projects. As well as this, as an individual we are often given feedback on how to improve in order to gain recognition. This type of feedback and opportunity means that I do feel valued because the company is helping me to be the best I can be.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
At the beginning of the program there is a two week 'boot camp'. This lets us be introduced to other apprentices and feel at ease before we begin our role. Throughout the apprenticeship we study toward three exams where we are given online lectures from an external company. These are a good level of self study and external support.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We are given regular telephone meetings with our training provider who provides all of the support necessary regarding our exams and coursework as well as discussing concerns about your work life. They always have enough time to listen to any problem that you have.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We have regular meetings with management regarding development. This are useful because we can discuss objectives and career path. As well as support from management we also have support from the Bournemouth Schools group who are always there to listen if there are any concerns/worries.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary should meet all of costs if you are living outside of home.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many groups and committees that can be joined outside of work that range from choir practice to running club!
9a. Would you recommend J.P. Morgan to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a well organized and well presented company that can be an extremely efficient gateway to the rest of your career, whereby you will receive support and gain skills and knowledge throughout the process.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to J.P. Morgan? *
Be confident but reserved at the same time, do you research and know your stuff!
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