Hello, my name is Dom and I am currently a Management Science student at Loughborough University. As part of every business related course at Loughborough, students are strongly encouraged to do a year in industry, in order to make themselves more marketable when it comes to stepping out into the big bad world. What I came to realise is just how invaluable the experience was for me personally – not just my CV.
Since meticulous planning is not a key characteristic of mine, my criteria for deciding where to do my placement year were twofold: it needed to be related to finance, but it also needed to be people-oriented. This led me to Anson McCade, and more specifically, the Capital Markets team.
The people aspect of recruitment is self-evident, however, what soon became clear upon joining, was the deep insight into quantitative finance that you gain during even just one month here. This was also the biggest challenge about being part of the Capital Markets team at Anson McCade – having to quickly familiarise yourself with a plethora of industry terminology, and get to grips with the varying roles within the sector. You are working on the same roles , and given the same amount of responsibility as your colleagues that have been there much longer, so you really are thrown in the deep end and do need to be prepared for that. However, the environment in which you are learning could not be better – it is one of support, encouragement and laughter. Although independence and autonomy is encouraged, you are able to ask anyone for help if you need it.
When I placed my first candidate at a top hedge fund, it became clear that the best part of the job is the feeling of both pride and relief that comes with a successful placement. It takes a lot of work to get to that point, but it is all worth it when you get that first offer accepted. For these reasons, I would recommend anybody doing a placement year to strongly consider Anson McCade.
Coming to the end of my one year (and one month) at Anson McCade felt odd, as I could not be with everyone in the office on the final day. However, it has all been really enjoyable, with amazing colleagues and some great experiences. From the regular office treats and the odd pizza if we ended up staying late to the team drinks, Halloween and Christmas parties and the Winner’s Lunch, it really has been a memorable year!