Students of the MSc Global Finance for both January and September sessions had a successful visit to the UK base of the International Investment Bank Goldman Sachs. The event, which took place on the 10th December 2014, was an excellent opportunity to link theory and practice, as well as getting useful information about future career prospects.
Goldman Sachs, which is recognised as one of the top investment banks in the world, has its principal UK address at Fleet Street, in the City of London, UK’s financial hub. Upon the arrival, we were led to a conference room with astonishing views of London landmarks and refreshments kindly provided by GS. Mr. Marco Quirico, a senior associate, introduced us to the Goldman Sachs’ history, culture and business structure. He pointed out that although the bank’s headquarters is in New York City, due to the importance of London in the financial services industry, the UK office is considered as important as the US base. Mr. Quirico also provided students an inside view of the current situation of financial markets, and despite his busy agenda he cordially answered different questions raised by the students.
Subsequently, Ms. Jessica Offer, from Human Capital department gave us an insight into career opportunities within the Bank different areas, and then took students on a tour around Goldman’s trading floor and facilities. For instance, Goldman’s employees can enjoy a full equipped wellbeing centre, providing doctors and gym at subsidized fares. Contrary to the typical idea of an Investment Bank trading floor, in spite of its magnitude, Goldman’s was surprisingly calm. Finally, Ms. Offer also answered student’s questions regarding the application process. Although we were not permitted to take pictures inside the buildings, all students were thoroughly impressed with the whole visit. The visit truly enhanced our experience while studying at Westminster bringing up practical aspects of modern banking. Nonetheless, we would like to express our gratitude to Dr. Kristina Vasileva, our Behavioural Finance module leader, who made possible this constructive visit. Students certainly left Goldman Sachs with an extremely positive impression and motivated to pursuit a career in Financial Services.
By Course Representatives MSc Global Finance 2015 Leonardo Rehm and Roshni Dadhaniya
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