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Emily Fontana Business School

Emily shares the steps that helped her secure a placement at Bloomberg.

 

"I felt that Greenwich was the university that would have probably allowed me to really, make something out of my ambitions and goals for the future."

Emily Fontana

BA Hons International Business with Language

Why did you decide to study at the University of Greenwich?

The real reason I decided to join the University of Greenwich was because during an Open Day, I attended a couple of introductory lectures and one of these focused on the Greenwich Employability Passport scheme and the activities that the university encouraged students to take part in.

This really attracted me and I felt that Greenwich was the university that would probably allow me to really make something out of my ambitions and goals.

What activities did you get involved in while you were studying your degree? 

I got involved in many of the activities that were suggested by the Greenwich Employability Passport scheme, such as open lectures, volunteering and attending networking events.

Genuinely, anything that I had never done before and things that I thought could give me the extra skills that I was looking for. 

One of these activities was the Bloomberg Aptitude Test, and this prompted me to learn more about my current employer.

You did a placement at Bloomberg.  How did you secure this opportunity?

In my first year I had the chance to take the Bloomberg Aptitude Test on campus. I was absolutely fascinated by it and decided to go back home afterwards and research the company that had developed it more in-depth.

I had the chance to attend a Bloomberg Office tour and also discuss the opportunity of becoming a Campus Ambassador.

After the ambassador experience, I spent my summer working with the Bloomberg Institute team, getting involved in different projects, including the recruitment of the campus ambassadors for the next academic year. 

At the time I knew that Bloomberg didn't offer placements but I told myself that nobody ever died from asking, so I decided to ask my manager: "Would it be possible to spend a placement year here at Bloomberg?". The first response I received was negative.

So I thought, 'Okay, I'll go back home (Italy) at the end of my internship, when I return I'll finish my third and final year at university and then apply for an Entry Level position at Bloomberg'. After only being back in Italy for a day, I received a call asking if I was still interested in doing a placement year because the recruitment team was looking for someone to join them. I was really excited about the offer, even though I'd never thought of working in recruitment before. 

I am amazed at how the experience in recruitment has actually given me many transferable skills that I will be able to use in my graduate role. That's basically how I managed to get a placement at Bloomberg.

What advice would you give to students who are seeking a placement?

Never be afraid of asking for what you want because employers might be looking for some very bold and ambitious students and you might just be the right person at the right time!

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