Sharpen S.

Operations Analyst
Happy to mentor
Happy to be contacted

About me

Sharpen S.
Politics, Economics and Philosophy
Economics and Philosophy

My employment

Operations Analyst
J.P. Morgan
United Kingdom
Finance and consultancy
Large business (250+ employees)

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A day in the life of a Operations Analyst in the United Kingdom

Full-time job offer received upon completion of the summer internship with J.P. Morgan in London

What I do

During the summer internship I was placed in the Global Credit Risk Middle Office helping three different teams within the office e.g. Treasury Services, Financial Institutions Group and Counterparty Credit Infrastructure and Capital Middle Office.

Skills I use and how I developed them

Communication/interpersonal skills - key to anyone working in any Operations role; being able to communicate with different people across the world. (Be confident and nice, also ask questions)
Analytical and problem-solving skills - essential skills for people working in Risk Management as it requires to process a large volume of data on daily basis as well as identify and solve the risk issues within the systems. (Learn from the basic excel skills as they will be useful when approaching the issues or analysing data)
Attention to details - making sure the importance is understood especially within a multinational bank processing $6 trillion of payments per day.

What I like most

The Operational Analyst Development Programme provides well-organised and valuable training plus three rotations among different teams.

Competitive compensation

What surprised me most

How nice everyone is within the bank

How I looked for work

Attended relevant on-campus information session and the Careers Fair in Oct 2014, and then applied through the company's careers website in Nov 2014.

Finding work in the UK

E.g. the CV standard is different, which requires a different set of information; communication skills or English language.

How I found out about the job

Recruitment event

The recruitment process

After submitting the online application form through its website at the beginning of November in 2014, I was invited to attend an assessment centre roughly two weeks later. The assessment centre lasted about four and half hours, which was comprised of two one-to-one interviews, one case study, one group discussion, one presentation plus a final interview.

How my visa affected the recruitment process

No impact as long as the correct information is provided in advance in the application form.

My advice to international students looking for work in the UK

Make sure you understand the recruiting cycle as well as the requirements specified in the job advertisement. Also ensure the employer can sponsor a visa in early stage.

My advice to students considering work

Do more research into the industry in which you want to work, as most employers do not come to our campus.

My advice about working in my industry

Start to considering applying for work experience opportunities as early as possible e.g. Spring insight day/week or summer internship.

Contacting me

Glad to answer if you have questions

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