Bright Network member Ali secured a Spring Week at Rothschild. Now he's completed his week at the firm, he shares his experiences and top tips with everyone keen to follow in his footsteps.
What did you get up on your Spring Week?
The programme had a unique structure to it and was packed with a number of exciting and challenging activities. There were several opportunities to meet employees of the firm, from analysts to directors, through the networking lunches set up by the Recruitment Team. Everyone was keen to talk to us about their job and answer any questions we had on finance. I even had the chance to go for coffee with the analyst that interviewed me!
Did anything surprise you about it?
On the first day of the programme, we were given a tour of the archives at New Court. For those interested in the Rothschild family, it was an incredible opportunity to view part of their personal collection of books and artefacts and learn more about their long and eventful history. We were told about the philanthropic endeavours of the family and at a later stage in the week spent a morning at a charity supported by the firm.
What was the most enjoyable part?
The Spring Class was very well looked after by the Recruitment Team and the tasks we were assigned, although not contributing to the operations of the firm, were taken seriously. The main project we were given to work on during the programme allowed interns to collaborate together in small teams and then pitch to a panel of senior bankers at the end of the week.
What advice would you give to other Bright Network members embarking on an internship in Banking?
I would definitely take the time to develop a good foundation of technical knowledge before the programme as it will allow you to contribute more to group discussions and ask well-thought-out questions to fill gaps in your knowledge.
What’s next for you? Are you planning to explore other careers?
I was fairly certain that I wanted to enter a career in the financial services beforehand, but the programme definitely reaffirmed this. This was thanks to the shadowing sessions as I was able to chat with analysts about the sort of work that I would do should I be hired by the firm.