Student story: My QTaster experience

AakankshaAakanksha Verma, 2nd year Economics and Finance

QTaster applications close at 10am on Friday 16th November! Apply here.

Having been interested in the banking sector after attending an Economics Summer School at the University of Oxford and consequently a ‘Young Investment Bankers’ Programme’ at UCL, I moved to the UK’s financial hub to study BSc Economics and Finance (Hons) at Queen Mary. I have attended insights into the world of Investment Banking and Sales and Trading at Goldman Sachs, HSBC and BNP Paribas and managed to attain a position at BNP Paribas’ 2017 Global Markets Spring Week. The week consisted of getting a deeper insight and experience across the Global Markets Division through work shadowing FX Traders and Quantitative Analysts on the trading floor, taking an active role in sales and trading games, analysing case studies and networking with some of the top professionals in the financial services. The 10-hour working days confirmed that this is the career path that I want to follow.

To achieve the goals that I’d set myself, I had to keep actively seeking opportunities to gain more experience in the field of finance. QTaster gave me the opportunity to attend insight days at Barclays, Bloomberg and ASOS and helped me to broaden my understanding about how the businesses function and about the roles available in different divisions. These sessions definitely increased my confidence and commercial awareness along with helping to widen my network across a range of employers.

I currently work as a Junior Associate within the Futures and Options team at Macquarie Investment Bank and the QTaster scheme definitely has had a positive impact in helping me to attain this role. I would recommend everyone to apply to this fantastic opportunity even if you don’t have any idea of the field in which you want your career to advance in because YOU select the companies that you visit thereby easily enabling you to explore different growth sectors.

To find out more, and to apply, visit our website.

The deadline for applications is Friday 16th November at 10am.

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