“What surprised me most was the amount of responsibility I was given throughout my placement – I was directly responsible for completing work which was distributed to clients and I represented the company in many meetings with senior professionals. My aim was to add real value to each team I joined, not just during the time I spent with them but also after my departure, and I feel I achieved this in all the teams I worked in.”
Jake Seabold, BNP Paribas Asset Management
Business Economics with Industrial Experience
Jake wanted to complete an industrial placement to build his knowledge, practical experience and professional network. He now has a greater understanding of his chosen career path and is motivated to excel in his final year of University.
“When looking at undergraduate programmes, I knew I wanted to study a course which would enable me to combine both my interests in economics and mathematics with real life markets and companies. And the Business Economics programme offered at the University of Exeter Business School, although predominantly an Economics degree, provides the foundations and flexibility of modules to do just that.
I chose the With Industrial Experience pathway because I thought the option to join a company for a full 12-months, whilst building knowledge, experience and my professional network, was an opportunity I couldn’t miss.
The University of Exeter Business School has a huge amount of support for students. What I have utilised most is the career support on offer; from CV workshops and practice interviews, to general discussions about potential career choices, the Business School’s Careers Team is always available to help, and provided significant support when it came to applying for placement schemes.
I completed my placement at BNP Paribas Asset Management, in the City of London. I chose my placement here as it is one of the global leaders in asset management. In addition, the rotational nature of the scheme was particularly attractive, giving me exposure to many different divisions, roles and teams within asset management.
Firstly, I joined the Multi-Asset team as an Investment Specialist, assisting with the marketing, development and distribution of the team’s product range. Secondly, I was a Research Analyst in the Emerging Market Fixed Income team, responsible for building automated models using various financial analysis tools. My final rotation was within the Equity Fund Selection team, responsible for Manager Research, where I met with external companies and fund managers, in addition to writing research reports.
What surprised me most was the amount of responsibility I was given throughout my placement – I was directly responsible for completing work which was distributed to clients and I represented the company in many meetings with senior professionals. My aim was to add real value to each team I joined, not just during the time I spent with them but also after my departure, and I feel I achieved this in all the teams I worked in.
The main challenge without a doubt was dealing with the huge amount of information I was given and grasping the knowledge required to be useful, especially when joining a new team. At first it can feel like an information overload, however if you fully apply yourself, commit and ask as many questions as possible, you very quickly become knowledgeable and useful.
I couldn’t be happier with my decision to undertake a placement– not only am I more motivated to excel in my final year at University, but I also have a far greater understanding of where I want to work, the financial sector in general, and what working for a large multi-national company is like. Doing a placement is extremely helpful for finding out which divisions and roles you like and enjoy, and is equally useful for finding out those that you don’t. The knowledge, experience and connections I have gained throughout my placement will no doubt be instrumental when searching for a job after I graduate.”