Twenty five suited, Year 12 aspiring City workers were lucky enough to partake in a trip to London's docklands financial district, where we spent the day at KPMG's impressive Canary Wharf offices. The trip was organised by Ms Silverstone in conjunction with Alexander Gold of KPMG and led by Miss Thumim and Mr Crocker.
The day began with introductory talks from an ex-JFS KPMG consultant, bankers from Barclays Capital and Citibank, and a lawyer from Clifford Chance. We had the chance to discuss what it means to be a religious Jew and work in the renowned financial district. After this, we split off into smaller groups for sessions about careers in Banking, Accountancy and Law, followed by a question and answer session in each one respectively. We had the invaluable opportunity to ask about the intricacies of life in such a high-pressured, high-demand working environment, asking questions about their jobs day to day and what they liked and disliked about them.
After a large kosher lunch, we were given essential advice and useful tips about the presentation and content of a good quality CV, and had the opportunity to amend our own in response. Finally, each of us was subject to individual mock interviews by employees at KPMG, and we then received feedback on how to improve our interview technique as well as how to enhance the standard of our CVs.
Overall, the students found the trip extremely enjoyable, useful and insightful and gave each of us even more of an idea of what it means to pursue a career in Finance or Law.
By Rebecca Moss, 12WO