Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, graduate training case study: Emma Lowe

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On which divisional training programme are you enlisted?

Corporate Finance.

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

Economics, BA (Hons), at Durham University

Did this include any quantitative subjects? If not, did you study anything quantitative previously?

Some econometrics I studied Mathematics at 'A' level.

List the subject areas covered so far during the graduate training programme.

Capital Markets, accounting & finance, economics, SFA (Securities & Futures Authority), corporate finance.

Which subject has proved most challenging?

Accounting & Finance - an area I hadn't covered before and some of the concepts were difficult for me to get hold of in the two weeks we had to cover them. It is, however, something I have picked up as I've done more work with accounts since I have been in the office.

Which subject has proved most interesting?

The corporate finance track, which was of direct relevance to the position I would working in. I find my work within corporate finance interesting due to its varied nature. As I'm in the emerging companies team, this means I deal with a large number of clients in a wide variety of deals.

How have you been taught, i.e. in classrooms, remotely, through mentoring?

We were taught in classrooms with various interactive sessions.

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

The training programme has made me realise that my interest lies in the division to which I applied.

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

Our training took place at off-site in non-residential training centres. This differed from university as the group in which we were taught was small.

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

Less. There's not as much out of hours studying to do.

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

The start of the programme was less biased towards corporate finance than I had envisaged, with more of an overview of the finance world being given.

What would you recommend about DrKW's graduate training course?

It gives a good general introduction, conducted in an informal way with tutors brought in from training organisations not linked to the bank, therefore they are not of direct influence on your career.

Was the provision of training something you took into account when applying for a graduate position at DrKW?

Yes, however similar training programmes were offered by the others banks to which I applied.