1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
We’re not your average financial services firm and our unique culture is just one aspect that makes us stand out from the crowd. We offer a supportive environment that encourages innovation and creativity whilst maintaining a healthy work/life balance. We are large enough to offer a wide variety of career opportunities, but flexible enough to treat you as an individual and tailor training and rotations to your needs.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes many such as: Daily monitoring of positions and system maintenance. Disclosures as required across M&G jurisdictions. Authorise Front Office trades on restricted securities. Ensure that all Regulatory obligations are met. Support M&G and Group Shareholder Disclosure initiatives as required
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Throughout the 12-18 month Apprenticeship you will work towards achieving relevant qualifications (including Investment Operations Certificate); develop a wide range of skills and competencies by exploring the way the M&G business is run and by engaging with people across the business; receive on the job training and earn a competitive salary.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The scheme is designed to help people without degrees start their careers within a leading investment management company, straight after sixth form or college. It is not a graduate programme.
While this is a permanent role, you must achieve your objectives and complete the qualifications during the 12-18 month programme to roll off permanently into the team.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Engaging, rewarding, and offering a wealth of opportunities.... these are just some of the things our staff say about their career at M&G. An immensely supportive team. You would never need to feel out of place or confused with the work of the company and if you were it would be totally fine to ask for help.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
The role extends into business areas across the Prudential Group and will provide excellent exposure to many key stakeholders across M&G and Prudential. Good communication skills and attention to detail are a prerequisite and you will be fully responsible for daily tasks requiring a self-disciplined and organised approach in order to be successful
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The scheme will give successful candidates a practical introduction to Shareholder Reporting and an insight into how business units across the Group operate. I can definitely be more confident in what I do in the business world and how I do it. These experiences will not only help me in the work place but outside of work in my day to day life too.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
Throughout your journey, you will gain valuable business experience, receive on-the-job training, achieve your apprenticeship/ professional qualification and personal development whilst also getting a competitive salary.
This is an undergraduate programme, designed to help people without degrees to start their careers within a leading savings and investment company, straight after GCSE, sixth form or college.
9a. Would you recommend M&G to a friend?
M&G is an amazing place to work at. From my first day I have felt valued and supported by everybody. My team are willing teach me so many valuable skills and always willing to answer my questions makes going to work enjoyable and exciting.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to M&G?
Be confident, show how focused/ determined you are and be honest. M&G do not expect you to know the answer to every question but they do want to see the passion and willingness to learn and be a part of a team. Most importantly, have fun and get to know the company