UCL graduate Marcus filled us in on life at T. Rowe Price, where he joined as an Associate Analyst after finishing his economics degree this summer. He first came across T. Rowe Price on their Investments Internship last summer – read on to hear how he secured the opportunity and what it’s led to for him!
Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I hail from the north-east of England but chose to come down to London for university. At UCL, I developed a passion for investment management through the investment society there. I knew I wanted to go into this area, so when I saw the Investments Internship opportunity at T. Rowe Price on Bright Network’s website, I knew I wanted to be involved.
Why did you choose T. Rowe Price and the role in particular?
I’d heard of T. Rowe Price before, as they’re an industry leader and deliver proven results. So it was the reputation really, as well as their culture, that drew me to T. Rowe Price. It’s a great place to work and the depth of knowledge that they have about investing is a huge strength. As for investing, it appeals to me because of the variety of skills required, particularly analysis and commercial awareness. I enjoy researching businesses and the market to understand how stocks move in relation to them. It’s like solving a puzzle!
What was the hardest part of the application process?
At the Assessment Centre we had to pitch a stock with no experience. This was challenging but a nice reminder that T. Rowe Price value your skillset, resilience and curiosity to learn. These are all much more important than what experience you bring at this stage.
What are your top tips to Bright Network members looking to follow in your footsteps?
- The financial services are extremely broad and varied, whereas investment management specifically requires a particular skillset. It’s vital to be clear on your motivation to work for this industry specifically.
- I always tried to think ahead to what questions might be asked of me at Assessment Centre/Interview so I could be as prepared as possible.
- On the other hand, I tried not to be too daunted by questions that I couldn’t answer. T. Rowe Price really value integrity, so I was honest if I didn’t know the exact answer.
What was the toughest question you faced at interview?
How many tennis balls are used during the Wimbledon Championships?
Congratulations, Marcus! If you want to follow in his footsteps, you can find out about live roles at T. Rowe Price below.