On Friday the 22nd of February, I attended what I would describe as an insight day at Goldman Sachs. This event gave girls who are currently doing their A levels an opportunity to find out what Goldman Sachs is all about. The event was held on two separate days with the first one on the 15th of February. I would say there was possibly more than 50 girls that attended the one I went to and we were all placed in one huge room on tables so we got to interact with each other. I was immediately impressed when I got there because it was the first time in ages where I have been somewhere and my name has been spelled right :)
|Goldman Sachs building|
This was our agenda for the day:
It was very well organised and as you can see we had a lot to do throughout the day. The day consisted of numerous presentations, a networking lunch and my favourite part, the trading game. Firstly, we had to take part in an ice breaker activity where we each given a sheet with a number of facts on them and we had to go around the room and find people who related to those facts. It was a great way to get everyone relaxed for the day ahead. After the ice breaker we sat through a number of presentations and I guess it'd be beneficial if I share some of the things I learnt :)
- An investment bank acts as an intermediary between potential investors and those who seek capital
- Look after large companies and governments
- Enthusiasm and interest in the industry
- High academic achievement
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Thinking and problem solving skills
- Demonstrated leadership and teamwork capabilities
- Evidence of hard work and commitment
- Determination to succeed
- Strong understanding of your own interests and work style
I could go on and on about all the things I learnt and found out about but I advise young people to take up these opportunities and go to loads and loads of insight days because I have definitely learnt a lot from attending this event.
We were all given a number of other things such as a booklet about internship/ experienced hires opportunities, a pen, a notebook and a wallet. If anyone is interested visit the Goldman Sachs careers page http://www.goldmansachs.com/careers/ and there are numerous opportunities for undergraduates, graduates and experience hires not only in the UK but across the world.
Apart from this event that I applied to I also applied to Bank of America for a two-day programme and HSBC's one week work experience programme.
I will also be applying for:
- Morgan Stanley's three-day programme and open day
- JP Morgan's insight day
- Deutsche Bank/ Windsor fellowship internship
Following on from HSBC's work experience programme I got through to the interview stage and I will be having my telephone interview this week which I might do a blog post on it to give advice and to share how I dealt with it if it will be of any importance to others.
There will definitely be more blog posts to come!!!