Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, graduate training case study

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Which Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi divisional training programme are you enlisted on?

Interest rate derivative trading desk (Derivative Trading Group)

Which subject did you study for your first degree, and at which


Economics, Banking and Finance, University of Aix-Marseille, Marseilles,


Did this include any quantitive subjects? If not, did you study

anything quantitive at 'A' level?

Yes: Statistics, Econometrics, Microeconomics, Mathematics, Applied Statistics and Econometrics, Financial Mathematics, International Financial Markets, Financial Modelling and Risk Analysis, Strategic and Financial Engineering, Corporate Treasury Management, Treasury Management for Financial Institutions, Corporate Finance

Please briefly list the subject areas that you have covered so far

during the graduate training programme.

Corporate Finance, UK Financial Institutions and Markets Regulation (SFA

exam), Compliance, Cultural awareness, Sexual harassment, Capital Markets

Instruments Pricing, Political Macro-economics, Accounting, MS Excel and

Access and we have had exposure to all the departments of the firm

Which subject has proven the most challenging?

Accounting, because it was something that I wasn't familiar with it.

Which subject has proven the most interesting?

Capital Markets Instruments Pricing. This is not something that you do normally cover in a degree course and it was an interesting new subject.

How have you been taught (ie. in classrooms, remotely, through mentoring)? Why has this been stimulating (or not)?

Classrooms and mentoring. Because the programme is limited to 2 graduates, there has been a lot of stimulating interaction with the tutors.

Has the training programme reinforced your interest in the area that you applied to, or have you become aware of other (more) interesting divisions of the bank?


Have you spent time at offsite training centres? If so, how did this differ from being on a university campus or hall of residence?

The only offsite training we got was for the SFA and instead of being focused on teaching us something, like at university, it was more about cramming the exam.

Is the training programme proving more or less of a challenge than the final year of your degree course?

The second part of our training, that is spending more time on specific desks, has indeed proved more challenging than the final year of my degree course.

Is the training course what you were expecting? If not, how does it differ?

It has had an even more personalised touch than I had thought possible.

What would you recommend about Tokyo Mitsubishi's graduate training course?

I am quite confident that we get far more time and attention from TM's staff than most graduates in any other bigger institutions do. At the end of the classroom training period, we get more time in up to three departments, however if one of the departments wants to hire us, the rotation stops there.

Was the provision of training something that you took into account when you applied for a graduate position at Tokyo Mitsubishi?