Nordea Markets Spring Week 2016, part 1

Last week 8 selected students from 5 different universities visited Nordea Markets in Stockholm for one week, during which they got to listen to presentations, network and solve cases. This event is called Nordea Markets Spring Week. Spring Week has been arranged here in Stockholm for several years as a way to offer students studying their first or second year a chance to increase their understanding of what working at Nordea Markets actually implies. We asked the students to summarise the week in two blog posts and below you can find part 1, Monday-Tuesday:

While sitting here writing we can’t believe that 5 days have already passed and Spring Week has come to an end. That might sound like a cliché but it has been a fantastic week and we have met several great and inspiring people. We were eight students who got to experience Spring Week this year, and we come from very different background and universities. The represented universities were Lund Faculty of Engineering (LTH), Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm School of Economics (HHS), Chalmers University of Technology and Uppsala University.

We began our week with an informal breakfast together with the Nordea representatives in charge of Spring Week. The feeling was relaxed and welcoming and it was a great way to get to know the group as well as the other interns. We also received information about Nordea in general and the agenda of the upcoming week. All interns agree the nervousness started to recede at this stage and it was before lunch replaced by sole excitement.

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Next up on the agenda was a tour on the trading floor were we got to see live some of the people whom we were about to meet over the next few days. The tour was followed by lunch at the company lunch restaurant which was surprisingly good. After lunch it was time for the first more formal presentation which was held by the FX team at Nordea. The presentation was followed by a case/trading game which was challenging but also a lot of fun and a great way to finish the first day.

The second day, Tuesday, was focused on FICC (Fixed Income Currencies & Commodities) and we were introduced to the structured product team. The presentations were interesting and we got a much better understanding of what it actually means to work there. The afternoon constituted of different macro perspectives delivered by chief analysts. It was highly interesting as the topics were news related and the group had a lot of questions which soon transcended into deep discussions.

The day ended with presentations from students currently working as part-time employees at Nordea Markets. Their insights were of course very welcome since they have the recruitment process and the introductory experience in fresh memory and they had some great advice what to think about when applying for a job at FICC. One thing to mention before we forget is the steady stream of Fika received during the week. It has been much appreciated and necessary to stay focused during the intense yet interesting days.

//Josefine, Sebastian, Shuayb and Johanna

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