UP - Uncovering Prospects in the city
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About us

UP – Uncovering Prospects – is an annual event for high potential students of black or Afro-Caribbean heritage, held in Central London in October 2019. Students will be graduating in 2020, 2021 or 2022 and will be interested in exploring internship opportunities in Professional Services and Banking & Finance in London. Through informative presentations, panel discussions and informal networking, the event offers attendees the chance to learn from professionals working at seven of the world’s top City firms. It is a unique opportunity for students to come along and find out what it is all about and discover the graduate programmes and penultimate year internship opportunities available.

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Who should attend

Graduate and internship opportunities are competitive and extremely challenging; in order to attend this event you must have a strong academic background. All attendees should:

1. Be on track to leave university with a 2.1 (or equivalent)

2. Be open and enthusiastic about exploring an internship in Professional Services, Banking & Finance.

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UP – Uncovering Prospects is organised by our parent company Stafford Long & Partners. In the run up to the event, we’ll be collecting certain data about the people attending. To register for the event all we need is your name and email so we can let you know when applications are open. We’d also love to keep you posted about other events that might be of interest. So make sure you tick the box that says you’re happy for us to stay in touch.

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Meet the firms

UP gives you the chances to engage with experienced individuals at renowned firms and begin to form an idea of where your potential careers may take you.

Every firm participating is a globally recognised organisation. Together, they work to make a positive impact and actively strive for equality and diversity in their respective fields.

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With a presence in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for more than 90 years and offices in 19 countries, Bank of America Merrill Lynch combines local knowledge and global expertise to offer products and services to Global Corporate and Investment Banking, and Global Markets clients.

About Bank of America Merrill Lynch

With a presence in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for more than 90 years and offices in 19 countries, Bank of America Merrill Lynch combines local knowledge and global expertise to offer products and services to Global Corporate and Investment Banking, and Global Markets clients.

Technology touches every part of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and underpins each deal we make. From low latency programming to big data challenges to keep Bank of America Merrill Lynch at the forefront of the world’s financial markets, technology is critical to our success.

Dependent on location, you will have the opportunity to work within one of our technology lines of businesses; Global Banking & Markets Technology, Cyber Security, Chief Data Office & Control Function Technology, and Chief Technology Organization.

Whichever team you join, we expect fresh thinking from our technologists.

We know that our inclusive culture and diverse range of employees, make us stronger and are critical to our company’s sustainability. Our efforts start with young people helping to provide them with the inspiration, tools and confidence to make the transition from school to sustainable employment

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Careers website

campus.bankofamerica.com

Opportunities:

We offer a variety of opportunities including apprenticeships, insight programmes, summer internships, industrial placements/attachments and full time roles.

If you’re at the early stage of your first university degree, an insight programme offers you a general introduction to our businesses. Tailored programming and events help you develop new skills and learn more about opportunities with us in advance of applying for a summer internship.

Summer internships typically last for 10 weeks and attract students in their penultimate year at university who aim to start work full time the following year. The summer internship class is our primary source of hiring into our full time programmes. It is a great way to get a taste of what a full time role in your team of interest would be like and to hone your skills through structured performance evaluations, training, development, and social and volunteering opportunities offered throughout the programme.

In some locations, fixed-term placements such as off-cycle internships or industrial placements take place at various times throughout the year. These range in length according to business need.

Full time analyst and associate programmes are designed for candidates who are ready to start work upon university graduation. The programmes’ format and offering vary by business but all offer formal, ongoing training and development opportunities, structured performance evaluations, mentoring support and networking opportunities to supplement participants’ on the job learning and experiences.

We’re committed to offering the scope and opportunities the very best of graduate talent deserves. Full-time and internship programmes are available in many of the following areas, though it is always best to check our website for the most up to date opportunities: Compliance, Corporate Audit, Corporate Treasury, Global Banking and Markets Wholesale Credit, Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Global Markets, Global Research, Global Transaction Services, Market Risk, Quantitative Management and Technology.

Application Deadlines

Assessments will begin before the deadlines listed on our website we strongly encourage you to submit your application early to avoid disappointment.

BlackRock

We bring together financial leadership and state-of-the-art technology to deliver investment strategies that make a difference for our clients. That’s why investors – and the businesses they work for – entrust us with trillions of dollars, and why global governments come to us for help navigating the world’s toughest economic climates. Join us, and you’ll be joining a firm that was built for these times.

The unrivaled breadth of our global platform—with more than 10,500 “feet on the street” in 6 continents—gives us better information and sharper insight into today’s rapidly changing and interconnected markets. And our ability to share and compare the information across teams and time zones helps us translate local insight in on part of the world into foresight—and action—in another. It’s part of what makes our people—and our clients—better, smarter investors.

We are One BlackRock. We challenge ourselves—and each other—to collectively raise our game. Diversity strengthens us; our best solutions come from the contributions of a group of talented and smart people, each playing a unique—and critical—role.

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Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base, including corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals.

At Goldman Sachs, you will have many opportunities to make an impact. The unique perspectives that our people bring to the firm and their shared passion for working on projects of great global, economic and social significance, help drive progress and create results.

Goldman Sachs is structured in a series of divisions: Executive Office, Finance, Global Compliance, Global Investment Research, GS Bank, Human Capital Management, Internal Audit, Investment Banking, Investment Management, Legal, Merchant Banking, Operations, Realty Management, Securities, Services and Technology.

About our programmes

From your first day, you will be immersed in a collaborative environment with people of all levels who share the firm’s values. Nearly everyone – from our junior analysts to our most senior leaders – is actively involved in recruiting talented people from a variety of backgrounds, because we recognise that a diverse workforce enables us to serve our clients most effectively and in the most innovative ways.

The diversity of talents and educational backgrounds in our people is crucial to our performance and business success. To that end, we are committed to an environment that values diversity, promotes inclusion and encourages teamwork.

Whatever your background or area of academic study, we value the intellect, personality and integrity of an individual. While an interest in and appreciation for finance is important, one’s personal qualities are key.

Number of employees

c. 30,000

Opportunities

Spring Programme
Students two years from graduation interested in Finance, GIR, IBD, IMD, Operations, Securities, Technology
Summer Analyst Programme
Penultimate year students primarily interested in all business areas

Work Placement Programme
Penultimate year students primarily interested in Finance, HCM, GIR, Internal Audit, IMD, Operations, Technology

Off Cycle Internships
Students needing to complete a placement as part of their degree interested in IBD in European Offices (not London), IMD, MBD, Securities

Careers Website

www.goldmansachs.com/careers

Accenture

As one of the world’s leading consulting and technology organisations, we achieve amazing things for our clients every day – whether that’s increasing profits, gaining a greater market share, redefining strategies, innovating with leading-edge technologies or offering better customer experiences. We partner with more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500, driving innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.

We examine a client’s organisation to solve their toughest challenges, working out how best to improve it using the latest technology and digital solutions, and implement agreed actions to bring about positive, lasting and profitable change. For us, it’s not just about coming up with great ideas, it’s also about successfully delivering transformational outcomes for a demanding new digital world.

To manage the broad spectrum of challenges our clients face, our business needs to be diverse, which is why we’ve set up our organisation across five key business areas. These are Accenture Strategy; Accenture Consulting; Accenture Digital; Accenture Technology, and Accenture Operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries has enabled us to deliver ground-breaking solutions and new innovative technology that impacts millions of lives every day.

There are a variety of ways you can join us as a graduate at Accenture. Whichever programme you join, you’ll enjoy the perfect mix of intensive training, expert support, live project experience and great benefits.

We have a strong Diversity & Inclusion agenda, focussed on enabling our employees to be themselves and use their unique talents to make a difference in the world. As a graduate, you’ll be encouraged to explore your passions, both in and out of the workplace, and nurtured to develop your skills.

Careers Website

www.accenture.com/ukgraduates

 

KPMG

KPMG in the UK is part of a global network of firms that offers Audit, Tax, Consulting and Deal Advisory services. Through the talent of over 13,500 colleagues, we bring our imagination and insight to our clients’ most critical issues.

KPMG’s Audit, Tax & Pensions, Deal Advisory, Consulting, Technology and Business Services programmes offer graduates the chance to work with some of the brightest minds and reach their full potential. KPMG offers a breadth of experience across a range of industries such as Retail, Leisure, Charities, Banking, Government and the Public Sector.

What can KPMG offer you?

We want to offer an inclusive environment where everyone feels empowered. Our Employee Networks help us achieve this. As well as representing specific groups, they help to increase collaboration, share best practice, and make KPMG a more enjoyable place to work. Find out more about our networks here.

Delivering innovative approaches calls for diverse perspectives; KPMG welcomes a range of personalities, skill sets and degree disciplines. Thanks to The Academy – a unique learning community created to help trainees develop through workshops and networking events – the support trainees receive is as individual as they are. What’s more, the full-time Professional Qualification Training and Accreditation team is also on hand to help trainees to pass professional exams.

To succeed in an ever-changing, and increasingly digital business world, today’s graduates need resilience, curiosity and the motivation for continuous improvement. At KPMG, trainees are rewarded for their contributions with development opportunities and a host of great benefits, including access to preferential banking and cash towards student loan payments.

The rewards of a career with KPMG begin early with Launch Pad, an innovative, streamlined approach to the recruitment process, it allows graduate candidates to enjoy a meaningful experience while securing a job offer earlier than ever.

At Launch Pad, you’ll get the chance to gain new skills, network with existing KPMG staff and senior partners, as well as your peers. It represents the final stage of the recruitment process and should you be successful, you’ll receive a job offer faster than ever before, within two working days!

In short, KPMG is an award-winning employer, where graduates can learn, grow and thrive.

Careers Website:

The recruitment process is conducted on a first come first serve basis. To secure an early offer, apply now, but if the opportunity you are interested in is not currently available, we’d encourage you to sign up to our talent community, The Smart Network, to keep informed of the opportunities.

Visit our website to find out more here.

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Sessions

UP, Uncovering Prospects, will take place in October 2019 at one of the participating firms offices in the City of London. The event is for students of black or African-Caribbean heritage finishing studies in 2020, 2021 or 2022, who are interested in exploring internship opportunities within Professional Services and Banking & Finance. The venue, map, dress code and specific agenda are confirmed to attendees once they have applied and been accepted on to the event. With an interactive and informative mixture of presentations, panel discussions and networking – this is a great chance to meet and learn from business representatives who are already working at some of the world’s top firms. It’s a unique opportunity to discover what it’s really like to work in the City, ask any questions you might have, and explore how you can apply to future insight days and internships before you finish your degree.

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Our Stories

Year attended Uncovering Prospects:

2016

University & course studied:

Economics with Japanese at the University of Birmingham

Which firm did you complete an internship with?

Lazard, Barclays, J.P. Morgan, BNP Paribas and Berenberg Bank

Why did you find Uncovering Prospects useful? 

Uncovering Prospects is a really good event, it allows students to learn first-hand from people in the firms. Not only people who had been working for a while but also the new comers too and how they entered into the firm. Having firms from different sectors gave a direct insight into the different opportunities available within the City and helped me gain clarity into the direction I want my career to go.

What advice would you give students looking to attend the event in the future?

Forget everything you know, that way you will leave the event having learned more than you thought you would. Be humble and ask questions. Make sure you ask different people the same question to get a range of perspectives.

 

Year attended Uncovering Prospects:

2016

University & course studied:

Business Management at Aston University

Which firm did you complete an internship with?

J.P. Morgan (Spring Insight)

Why did you find Uncovering Prospects useful? 

I felt like the event gave students a platform to engage with firms and see representatives in career paths they want. Uncovering Prospects was a chance to understand which career I, or any other individual wanted to learn more about and go into.

What advice would you give students looking to attend the event in the future?

I would tell them to be open to opportunities and capitalise on the opportunities available at the event. If you are given someone’s contact details, follow up with them and build a relationship.

Year attended Uncovering Prospects:

2016

University & course studied:

Business Management at Aston University

Which firm did you complete an internship with?

J.P. Morgan (Spring Insight)

Why did you find Uncovering Prospects useful? 

I enjoyed hearing from people who had similar backgrounds to myself. The way the speakers conducted themselves and spoke inspired me to want to be a part of an investment bank.

What advice would you give students looking to attend the event in the future?

Be open-minded. Do not arrive thinking you know everything, but arrive with the expectation to learn. Don’t limit yourself to one career path, as there are a range of different firms from different sectors at the event.. As an undergraduate, this event is your opportunity to find out more and figure out what you want to do. The more questions you ask, the more you will understand about the firms and their sectors. Make sure that you network effectively, follow up with any contact details you are given, connect with other attendees and business reps on LinkedIn and build those relationships.