Deutsche Bank, who recently held an exclusive networking event on campus with Aston Business School students, recruits significant numbers of Aston students each year - in 2014/15, Aston students were successful in gaining 11 of the 15 available Placement Year places, which is a fantastic achievement.
The bank employs 2,000 staff at their Birmingham office and were recently placed 62 out of 300 in the Guardian UK 300 top graduate employers in 2015 to 2016. The bank was shortlisted in the Target Jobs awards 2015 as one of the best graduate recruiters in the investment banking and investment sector.
These stories from students recently returned from their third year placement show how valuable the experience is for students lucky enough to be selected for the Deutsche Bank placement year.
Ashna Gadhia, a BSc Economics and Management student now in her final year, says the placement gave her "some amazing experiences over the year".
"The placement year provided a fantastic opportunity into the financial industry and I think I have learnt a lot. The year also taught me that in order to progress in such a large company, it is really important to network"
Through networking with London colleagues, Ashna was the only placement student given the opportunity during the year to work for some time in the London office.
Ashna worked in two different teams during her placement: Foreign Exchange Prime Brokerage and Listed Derivatives Client Service, which she says should prove very useful in her final year module in Derivatives.
Andrea Anastasiou, a BSc International Business and Spanish student, has also recently returned from a Deutsche Bank placement but this time in Madrid. Andrea worked as a Market Information Assistant for the bank, researching technical topics such as legal changes, european initiatives and tax changes affecting non-resident investors in the Spanish stock market. She describes the challenges of the role as "very motivating", allowing her to use her own initiative while knowing there was always help available if she needed it.
"My work experience with Deutsche Bank has without a doubt been the most valuable year of my life. [...] It has provided me with an excellent work ethic, business knowledge from both a local and international perspective, confidence and fluency in Spanish."
Aston Business School recently held a third annual networking event with Deutsche Bank, giving current students interested in either placement or graduate opportunities with the bank, the opportunity to network with employees and gain insight into the bank and its recruitment process.
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