The GDST works closely with a range employers to offer exclusive career insight days to Sixth Formers at our schools.
Insight days offer an early opportunity for students to get a foot in the door and to see the inner workings of some of the UK’s leading companies in sectors as diverse as finance, engineering and the arts. Those companies include Aberdeen Asset Management, Rolls-Royce, PwC and the Royal Opera House.
In 2015, 31% of graduate roles were filled by recruits who have already worked for their organisation, so it should be considered an essential part of sixth form life to attend at least one event.
Every event is different, but common themes include an introduction to the sector, the chance to ask questions to employees at different levels, a tour of the business and a career development workshop, such as the application process, presenting or commercial awareness.
Previous career insight days
In 2016, Nomura hosted an Insight Day for around 40 GDST Year 12 students, held at its headquarters in London. The day offered a varied programme helping students get an overview of banking, see the work place including trading floor, and learn about vital employability skills, applications and CVs.
Here is what a number of students said about the Introduction to Banking Day:
"I thoroughly enjoyed the day and wish to participate in similar events like this to come. The hospitality and presentations were absolutely fantastic. Thank you once again for the great opportunity".
"I highly enjoyed the day, learning numerous skills as well as being able to meet interesting people who are passionate about their financial career".
As a follow-on from the Introduction to Banking Day, First-Step is an intensive one day event, open to students in Y12 or Y13. The program is open to students across the UK (not just GDST schools) however Nomura reserve a number of places for GDST each year. This special scheme is aimed at giving students a fuller understanding of all areas of the business, as well as developing vital transferable skills.