And the award goes to…!
Whilst it was perhaps not quite as glamorous as the Oscars or as dazzling as the Baftas, I was recently lucky enough to get the opportunity to attend an exclusive awards ceremony. This particular event was held by the well-known employment website, The Job Crowd, and I was helping to represent the international securities business of MUFG, after the firm was nominated as one of the best places for graduates to work. The highlight of the evening came when we were awarded the title of the top banking & finance company for graduates to work for (smaller intake); although, unlike the Oscars, there was no opportunity to give a long and emotional acceptance speech!
Uniquely, this award was based entirely on reviews from graduates, which I think emphasises the fact that the firm provides a great environment in which to start a career in finance.
Whilst considering what it is exactly that makes the company an excellent place to join after university, I decided to look through the reviews on The Job Crowd; after all, it was these that helped us win the coveted award. One key theme immediately stood out: many of the reviewers commented that it is the firm’s supportive culture that really sets us apart from other banks. From the very beginning of the graduate scheme there are so many opportunities to meet very senior managers and everyone in the office is very happy to spend time to explain what it is they do. Analysts are also given real responsibility very early on, so you really feel like you are contributing something of value to the firm. Compared to my experiences as an intern in a larger bank this is a very welcome difference; you are not just a number in a large intake, even as a new starter on the graduate scheme you feel like the firm is really investing a lot of time and money into you as a person.
As such, it was fantastic to see the graduate programme getting the recognition it definitely deserves, as well as a very nice looking trophy to put proudly on display!
Why not read through some of the reviews yourself?
Blog entry by Jonathan Brown (Management Information Group)