Success story: Callum & the Unipol Graduate Internship Programme

Callum Munro, a final year physics student has been successful in getting on to the six-month graduate internship programme with Unipol, the Italian insurance company in Bologna.

The programme runs twice a year, with start dates in February and September. Work is carried out in English so no prior knowledge of Italian is required.

 I asked him to give a bit of background to why he chose it  – and the application process.

Being in my final year of uni I have been looking for employment in finance. It’s something I’ve been interested in and I had an internship last summer. I found the role on MyCareerHub via the University of Edinburgh Careers Service website which is really great and gave some really clear information on what exactly the role was, where it was, a bit of background on the company, remuneration and so on.

 I sent off my CV and cover letter and they got back saying they would like to further my application and organised a telephone interview. The interview started with them asking about which part of the business I would like to work in and my experience of insurance and finance in general. 

 During the call they said that they would like to offer me the post and started talking about when I would be able to come, having an introductory week in July and whether I would be prepared to do some training. It starts properly in September but they said they will have me over for a week in July to get an idea of what I’ll be doing. Thanks again for the discussion we had at the Careers Service, it helped me out a lot.

The archived vacancy on MyCareerHub

The six-month programme consists of two three-month rotations in the corporate finance division. Interns may choose to work in any two of the following areas:

• M&A
• Debt Capital Markets
• Strategic Planning
• Investor Relations

Daily tasks will vary based on the needs of the management and department. They could include:

• Market analysis on the financials and business models of our Italian and European competitors within both the insurance and banking market;
• Conducting financial and economic valuations of potential investments, disinvestments and partnerships;
• Scouting and studying new M&A and Business Development opportunities to raise with senior management;
• Tracking the international financial media and producing daily reports;
• Monitoring and updating financial models, tables and balance sheets;
• Attending meetings with senior management and external stakeholders including investment banks;
• A personal research project tailored to the interests of the intern.

The requirements are as follows:

• Candidates must have achieved, or are on course to achieve, a minimum 2:1 in Economics, Finance, Mathematics, or a similar degree;
• Basic knowledge of finance;
• Strong analytical, organisational, communication and time management skills;
• Candidates must be self-starters, able to work well individually and as part of a team;
• Experience using Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint;
• Knowledge of financial databases (Bloomberg, Datastream, SNL) would be a benefit.

Work will be carried out in English so no prior knowledge of Italian is required.

The programme runs twice a year, with start dates in February and September.

Wanted: mathematical and programming expertise with problem solving ability

Standard Life Investments (SLI) are keen to highlight to physicists a vacancy they have for a Multi Asset Risk Analyst to provide mathematical and programming expertise with problem solving ability to support the management of portfolios, enhance existing tools/technology/infrastructure and assist in new research initiatives.

They have said that the position is likely to be a good fit for an individual with a recent postgraduate qualification and programming experience but will consider applications from a broader range. Experience with higher level languages such as MATLAB, Octave, R or a similar package is desirable.Programming experience in one lower level language such as VB, C/C++/C#, Java, .Net would be beneficial.

Have you developed a lot of programming experience through your degree and/or in additional activities or projects? More details of the vacancy on My CareerHub

Edinburgh Graduate Recruitment Fair

Poster of the Edinburgh Graduate Recruitment Fair

Edinburgh Graduate Recruitment Fair  #EGRF16 is on next week with over 60 exhibitors. It’s a good opportunity to explore opportunities.Find out more here.  However:

  • If your palms get sweaty at the thought of talking to employers
  • If you have limited time
  • If you simply don’t know how to make the Fair work for you

watch our ‘Prepare for the Fair’ video here  to get the most out of the event.

Wondering about Careers in Business/Finance?

Our work impacts at the highest level of global business and builds confidence in economies worldwide, and has a positive effect on the societies in which we all live.

Join EY for a short presentation open to all years about what it takes to become part of a global leading professional services organisation. They advise some of the world’s most important companies on the issues of today that are shaping tomorrow.Come for a session aimed at King’s Buildings students and learn about:

  • what they do
  • programs they offer  students & graduates
  • and meet their people with various backgrounds like Physics, Engineering, Maths…

When: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Where: Lecture Theatre A – JCMB, King’s Buildings.

Sign up:




Technology career opportunities

Careers in IT fair2016

Want to explore summer placements & graduate jobs available to you in the Technology sector? Then come to Careers in IT, where you can meet around 40 companies looking to recruit UG and PG physics students. Sponsored by    sponsored by craneware

There are a range of companies attending, including SMEs such as KAL, AviIT and Edge Testing and larger organisations such as Microsoft, Amazon and FanDuel, so don’t miss out on the chance to meet these organisations face-to-face (for the full list of exhibitors, visit MyCareerHub)

Other organisations recruiting physicists include: Avaloq Innovation Ltd, AlphaSights, TMVSE (Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems Europe, Ltd), Codeplay Software Ltd, Imagination Technologies, think-cell Software GmbH, Standard Life Plc,   The MathWorks Ltd, Version 1,    Bloomberg, UL Transaction Security – UL TS BV

No sign up is necessary for the fair – just bring your student card to the Informatics Forum between 1pm – 4pm on Wednesday 3rd Feb.

Attend our Prepare for the Fair session on 28th Jan to give you that extra confidence boost and help you develop your networking skills in advance of Careers in IT. Or if you can’t attend the session, get some hints and tips from our Prepare for the Fair video.

We’re also running a Careers in Computer Games Panel and Networking event later that same evening which you can sign up for now via MyCareerHub.

We look forward to seeing you on 3rd Feb!