Cass student, Hang Doan, did a placement year in Canary Wharf with Morgan Stanley. Here she shares her experiences.
What course are you studying?
Why did you choose to study at City University London?
I chose City because it has a very international environment with students from different backgrounds and the academic quality is good.
Why did you decide to do a placement?
I wanted a real working experience to learn more so during my first two years I went to many careers events held by Cass Business School and got to meet professional people as well as students who had done a placement before. They gave me a lot of useful advice based on their experience.
How did City/Cass help you to find your placement?
Careers Service provided us with a lot of support though mock interviews, mock assessment centres, placement fairs, etc. These helped me with the initial company research and different application stages.
Where is your placement and what is your role?
My placement is with Morgan Stanley within the finance department. I’m in the Equity Derivatives team and my role is largely related to controls and analysis such as carrying out month end controls, weekly metrics and daily analysis. No day is the same since I’m in a fast changing environment and different issues always come up which we as a team have to deal with.
What is it like working in Canary Wharf?
Canary Wharf is a really nice environment where you can get everything that you need. There are also a lot of bars/pubs where we always go out for social events/drinks. Many big companies (Citi, EY, KPMG, etc) are based here the area which is also a plus.
What has been the most important thing you’ve gained from your placement?
Over the course of my placement I have learnt many valuable things, but the most important thing I have gained so far is the ability to adapt to new changes. A fast changing environment always demands us to incorporate new control/analysis processes to either improve efficiency or comply with the new rules. I have gradually learnt how to be able to adapt and deal with these changes promptly and I think this is one of the most essential skills now required nowadays the working world.