Not just a number – Sam Smith
I did a summer internship at a large financial institution, and decided very quickly that being a number amongst 500 or so other interns was not the way that I wanted to begin my career.
I came across Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International, a member of MUFG, a global financial group, in a recruitment guide and decided to apply. The training offered was extremely attractive and after spending a day going through the interview process, I decided that this was definitely a group of people I could work with.
Life here did not disappoint and I was immediately given a lot of responsibility. The atmosphere here is different to that which I had previously experienced and that was obvious right away, with people much more willing to help and a lot more welcoming.
Having experienced a number of different roles in the bank, starting off in London, I now work in Product Control in New York. No two days are ever the same and each day presents a different challenge. My hours tend to be from 8ish to 6, so not too bad.
Our daily task is to produce the Profit & Loss statement for the traders, verifying the number that we have come up with to what the traders have predicted the night before. It is therefore vital that we can understand the products that our traders are trading and learning all about these different areas has been really interesting.
Each analyst deals with a particular desk, so you can build relationships with the traders and understand their positions/risks. It is a great way to enhance your technical knowledge of the products and learn about the entire range of products traded within the bank.
Choosing to work here has been extremely beneficial to my career as I have been exposed to a wider range of duties than at a larger bank and have achieved a lot more than I hoped.