Beginning this year, In the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department, third year students can opt to undertake a six month placement in a sufficiently technical role as part of their degree. This component will be examined by a report, log book, presentation and manager’s report at the end of the placement. To give an example of the companies people are working for – Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Amadeus, ARM, Cambridge Consultants, Fujitsu, Detica and Cisco. Alternatively, students can opt to do an Industry-Led Group Project in the Summer Term.
On Tuesday 2nd April 2013, I started my six-month placement. I’m working in Technology at an Investment Bank (I shall withhold the name here for a multitude of reasons), I’ve never worked in a Financial Institution before so this shall be an interesting experience which I shall attempt to document here.
I’m working in the Emerging Markets, Exotics and Hybrids team as a developer. This first week, has been filled with learning, I’ve spent a lot of time learning C# and some Windows APIs, and learning about some proprietary query languages.
This week I am looking forward to two days of Financial and Business Training, which will be useful to give me an overview of the business area I’m in and the whole financial ecosystem.
In addition to starting work, this weekend was rather busy. The weather finally got over 5 Celsius – which meant it was Barbecue time in our garden! On Saturday I met up with my cousin and went to the British Museum to see the Pompeii and Herculaneum Exhibition which was really interesting. I also realised on my arrival that the Museum is home to the Rosetta Stone – the tablet which held the key to decrypting Egyptian Hieroglyphs. After the exhibition we spent about 5 hours wandering around London and came across the remnants of a huge pillow fight in Trafalgar square!
This week, with all the commuting I’m doing, I’ve managed to get back into reading. So I have two book recommendations for you. One: Paper Towns by John Green and Two: The Fault in our Stars By John Green. (They are page turners so once you start you’ll struggle to put them down)