1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I manage global headcount and budget for a department within IT called Corporate Technology Services. I am being trained by the company as an analyst. I am responsible to report on all headcount related activity on a monthly basis. My day can vary a lot but I am always on the phone to someone or sorting out where an issue has arised and how I can fix it. I meet with senior management for approval to hire. I also work in Production Services for 50% of my time. Here I do lots of PMO reporting and help to remediate toxic accounts.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed lots of skills since joining Nomura. I started back in 2015 joining on the Level 3 in Business Admin, the natural progression after this was to complete the Level 4 in Project Management. I have also been on excel courses to enhance my knowledge. We have an in house training system with a vast range of courses you can do which are completely free! I have learnt so much this joining and there is still so much more to learn.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme a lot. The training I get is really good and they make it enjoyable so you don't feel as though you are back in school being talked at instead of being talked to. You get treated like the adult which you are and I think that's great because it makes you feel valued. My job is very intense but I do get lots of support should I ever need it.
4. How valued do you feel by Nomura?
I do feel valued by Nomura a lot. With the job that I do there is a lot of reporting and reconciling complicated data and just learning to understand what the data explains is a massive achievement.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
From a Nomura perspective the Programme is structured really well. On the side of the trainer sometimes I feel they could be better in what they do and sometimes are unorganised. I have a mentor through work who is great and is extremely supportive which helps so much!
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I feel that the training provider could be better organised but if I have concerns I can raise them and they get dealt with quickly.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive lots of support from all of my team which is really helpful especially when I am unclear of anything.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I am happy amount of money which I am paid.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are lots of opportunities outside of work. We work with a charity partner for 2 years every year and we aim to raise as much money for them as possible. Lots of events are held throughout the year to raise money for them.
9. Would you recommend Nomura to a friend?
Nomura is a great company to work for but I would like to keep my personal and professional life separate to one another.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Nomura?
Be confident in interviews, a strong handshake is essential. It's been said that someone decides whether they like you within the fist 30 seconds of meeting you. This is extremely important because it sets the tone for the rest of the interview. Ask questions, if you sit there and let the interviewer ask all the questions it's not great in terms of interaction and you will not be able to build any kind of rapport. Personally I found my interviewing a bit more stressful than the other apprentices as I had a full time job previous to being a Nomura employee so taking time off work was difficult. I was given a test to do which threw me off and I was not used to doing exams as I hadn't done any in a long time. I would have like to have known what it was going to be on to give me some time to prepare.
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