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JOSH HOPKINS

BNP PARIBAS SECURITIES SERVICES

Sales and Business Development Trainee

Graduate

Why do you enjoy your job?

I work with the business development team in Market Financing Services (MFS), having spent my first six months in the business management team within client development. During these roles I have been involved in a plethora of initiatives including; strategy, sales support, management information reporting, pipeline management, pipeline prospecting, market research and project coordination.

I have been given a great level of support by my immediate managers and by the in-house programme leader. The level of training has been of a good standard with training provided for Excel and soft skills. More specific and technical training would round off the experience and provide more substance for my CV.

How did you get into your job?

I applied to be part of the trainee Investment20/20 scheme in June 2013. I was finishing a six week internship with an asset manager in Singapore and felt that it was the right time to move back to London. I did not know of BNP Paribas Securities Services before applying for the scheme. However, after doing some research, I felt that I would fit in with the culture and that they could offer the chance to gain some real world experience and may provide the opportunity for future career progression.

How would you sum up your Investment20/20 experience?

I have been surprised by the amount of responsibility and trust that my managers have given to me throughout the programme. This has spurred me on further to deliver and perform. I think this is one of the biggest and most important benefits of such a scheme as it gives one a sense of confidence that cannot be undone.

Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with BNP Paribas Securities Services. I have been involved in projects that have tested my knowledge and utilised my skills from past vocational experience and from my academic career.

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