From Fresher to FCA

Set to graduate this summer, we caught up with Georgia Nicklin as she reflects on her time at the ICMA Centre before she embarks on her career in finance. Read the interview below to find out how she has changed since her return from Venice, and her favourite memories from her time at the ICMA…

Capturing the Student Experience

The ICMA Centre is home to a diverse student populace from all over the world, with different interests, degrees, and backgrounds in finance, and all with promising futures in the working world. We spoke to two such students, Nick Pilkington and Ellis Murley, about what they think sets their degree at the University of Reading…

Unintended Consequences?

During the boom times the Investment Banking industry settled on a process that, they felt, helped them hoover up the brightest and best students before the other sectors got a look in – Spring Insight Weeks for first year undergraduates, Summer Internships between second and third year, the best interns getting offers to join the…

Well I wasn’t expecting that.

The festive holidays have given me the chance to catch up on movies I’ve missed, and rewatch others.  Two of those I’ve rewatched (Quantum of Solace & Thor) were much better than I remembered, one of those I’ve caught up on (Prometheus) wasn’t as bad as I’d been lead to believe. I’m sure that there…

Role Modelling

The milkround is in full steam at the moment, and firms with graduate recruitment programmes are all falling over themselves to have the most attractive stands, campus presentations, freebies and so on in what was known in the Noughties as the War for Talent. It’s 4 years now since I was last on the circuit, and…

Greetings from NYC

I’m just back from a flying visit to New York.  It was my first time there, so in the name of research I went to Wall Street to see what it was like.  I’d already mooched around Midtown & Uptown & had become used to the grid system, the sky scrapers; the picture-postcard view of…

An Early Welcome to ICMA Centre Students

Well September is here again, and as usual I’m really looking forward to meeting all the new MSc, BSc & PhD students that are starting in the next few weeks, and also catching up with those who are returning following their summer holidays. If you’re one of these people, and you are in Reading early, then please…

Get In Early

One thing unifies all recruiters – they want to employ the best.  Luckily they all define ‘best’ slightly differently, or only 5% of the population would have jobs!  When it comes to the graduate recruitment market though, all recruiters want proactivity which has lead to a closing-date-arms race amongst City Firms in particular. It goes…

Summer Fun?

At this time of the year job hunters often tell me that there is no point trying to find work as everyone’s on holiday until September.  I disagree: people without school aged children avoid holidaying in late July and August due to the inflated costs, and even those with children only get 5 weeks holiday to…

Statistical Shenanigans Stun Surveys

It’s the time of year when surveys come out about graduates – there’s lots of surveys, but the ones that tend to get the most reporting are the Destination of Leavers results which come out via the government and are collated by the universities, and the Association of Graduate Recruiters surveys. Both are high quality surveys,…