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The End of My Placement Year – Raymond Diep

September 13, 2019

Hey guys, It’s Raymond again from Anson McCade. So my placement year (and a bit) is coming to an end and what a year it’s been. The amount you learn is enormous, you aren’t just some intern making tea and coffee, you’re given the same day to day responsibilities as the rest of your colleagues. Skills you learn and develop like communication, time management, research, networking, resilience, analysis, are all applicable to any job you may have and to your studies at university.

One thing I would tell myself at the beginning of the year would be to just go and call someone. I spent the first few weeks away from the phone as I was too nervous to make calls, but once you call someone and start talking it’s not as bad as it seems. Plus it’s more fun talking to people than sending emails.

I work in the Capital Markets, which has been a good challenge. My focus is on Front Office Quant Analyst opportunities with investment banks. Quant Analysts support the traders by developing and implementing mathematical pricing models to help make business and financial decisions. This makes my day to day work slightly different to IT as these people often don’t have time to have a phone call, my calls will either be short to get the key information I need or to “sell” a role I’m working on or to schedule more convenient times to talk often outside of working hours. When I’m not on the phone, I’ll be using LinkedIn or market mapping out the quant teams at different banks. My background in Mathematics really helped me quickly pick up the technical language commonly used like derivatives, stochastic calculus, partial differential equations etc. And also understand how the maths behind the trades work in my own research at home, I’ve considered becoming a Quant Analyst myself.

Of course it’s not just all work, Anson McCade is full of fun. The Summer Party was definitely a night to remember, darts at Flight Club, drinks and dancing. It’s hard work but Anson McCade makes sure you have fun while doing it.

I would like to thank Anson McCade for this experience and for being so patient with me and who knows, maybe I’ll be one of the Quants you headhunt in the future!

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