What degree did you study?
I did a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
What attracted you to the MThree Alumni Graduate programme?
I always had a keen interest in technology and during my internship at Amazon, I realised that I would like to move into a tech role. With a background in economics, I saw the MThree Alumni Graduate programme as a great opportunity for me to do so for three reasons: Firstly, it offered the necessary training in technical skills, such as SQL, Linux and bash scripting, for people with no background in programming and computer science. Secondly, the placement within an investment bank was attractive to me as I had already completed a banking apprenticeship at Commerzbank and had taken some financial economics courses. Lastly, the programme offered a competitive salary and additional benefits like a Gym membership and access to an online learning platform.
What area within the bank do you sit and what is your role? / Can you describe a typical day?
I’m part of the Global Technology Team – Risk Front Office Support. Within this wider team, I’m supporting the bank’s main risk calculators and reporting applications.
A typical day starts at around 8:30, the first thing I do is to check our support chat channel and mailbox to see if any issues or incidents happened during the night and if necessary, follow up on them with my colleagues in Asia. During the day I spend most of my time analysing and solving issues that our business users, bookrunners and traders encounter, which they raise to us via tickets, emails or direct messages. These issues can be actual IT related issues, e.g. an application stops to work or gives errors, or issues caused by incorrect configuration from the business side. Apart from solving issues and incidents, I’m in frequent contact with our development teams and implement changes to the applications in production. During my lunch break, I often meet up with one of the other MThree Alumni Associates. On a normal day with no critical incidents, I leave the office between 5:30 and 6:00.
How has the MThree training equipped you to work in Financial Markets?
I already had a good knowledge of Financial Markets before joining MThree, but the training was a welcome refresher.
What do you love most about your role?
I like solving new problems and issues which I have not come across before.
Working within technology in Financial Services is exciting because…
There is a lot of change happening, within the banking sector as a whole but even more so within the technology departments.
What do you enjoy most about being part of the MThree Alumni programme?
The social events and parties are great. It is always nice to catch up with the associates with whom you trained and to meet new members of MThree.
Do you see much of the other Alumni Associates?
Yes definitely, MThree organises regular events and some of the other associates are in the same office as I am.
Did you relocate in order to join the Alumni Programme, if so, how have you found it?
I relocated from Germany and moved in with my girlfriend who was already living in London.
What are the people like that you are working with?
The colleagues in my team and in the wider technology department are very friendly and always willing to help and explain things to new members. The front and middle office can sometimes be a bit demanding, but in general are also friendly.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to yourself if you were just starting?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions – no matter what role the person has, everyone starts off somewhere!