A large amount of the major institutions in the UK now offer rotational graduate schemes within their finance departments, including 3-4 periods of around 6 months each in different specialities or functions. To find out what it’s really like to be a part of such a scheme, we examine reviews from graduates at companies like Sky, HSBC, the London Stock Exchange Group, GE and more…

1. Day-to-day Tasks

‘Completing audits of various departments, meeting with managers of each department to catch up on the latest developments, which is a good opportunity to network and know the mechanics of the whole bank rather than one single department.’
Analyst, Middle Office Graduate Scheme at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International
 
‘Manage the Incentive Scheme appeals process, participate in strategic review project, produce monthly trend reports & ad-hoc MI work.’
Future Leaders Graduate, at AXA
 
‘I work with managers across the business. I complete tasks such as posting bill, balance sheet recs., analysing cost lines in the P&L, reviewing my sector and answering any questions from the managers within my region. Work towards completing project work.’
Graduate Project Officer, Assistant Management Accountant at The Co-operative Group

2. Best and Worst Things About Your Job

‘CIMA qualification, international placement, language lessons, varied work. Don’t get to settle in one place for too long.’
Finance Graduate Trainee, at E.ON
 
‘Getting involved in many different areas and the decision making.’
Finance Analyst, at Santander
 
‘Great access and exposure across the business. Role is adding a real difference to the business.’
Finance Analyst, at Boots

3. Average Working Hours

9am – 6pm

4. Average Salary

£27,000 – £29,000

5. Interview Tips

Application Advice: Work together during assessment centres, don’t see other people as competition. Show your personality and willingness to adapt.
Operations Management Trainee, Technology and Services (HTS) at HSBC Bank Plc
 
Application Advice: Make sure your application is tailored and it is not generic. The group is growing so be prepared to rotate in any company in the group
Interview Advice: Be confident Read about the group and get to know the different areas from the website. Read financial news (e.g. FT)
PMO, Project Management at London Stock Exchange Group
 
Application Advice: Look a great deal into RB before applying, make sure you feel as if you will fit within the company ethos and you will enjoy working within the values
Interview Advice: Be happy to question the interviewer. Show what you’re about, personally and professionally. Try and show you’re the sort of person that fits in with the key values. Make sure you know about the brands!
Supply Graduate, Finance at RB

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