• Role: Credit Sales Analyst
  • University: Cambridge
  • Degree: Politics, Psychology and sociology
  • Organisation: Royal Bank of Canada

Fiona Stewart

It has been over a year since I joined the graduate programme here at RBC and I currently work on the European Credit sales desk on the trading floor. I came onto the graduate scheme after doing a summer internship at RBC on the same desk during my penultimate year at university. Following the internship I was offered a position on the graduate scheme, and after such an enjoyable summer with an excellent team, how could I refuse it! What I really liked about RBC was how genuinely friendly and approachable everyone was. I felt like a valued member of the team and everyone always had time for my ‘stupid’ questions.

What does your graduate scheme entail?

The graduate scheme started with regulatory exams, followed by four weeks training in New York, then rotations across the trading floor for three months before being placed onto my current desk. As a junior salesperson in credit sales I help out with pretty much anything and everything. As the bank is relatively small, you get excellent exposure to areas you wouldn’t otherwise as a junior, including clients, products and responsibilities.

What are your responsibilities?

On a typical day I get in before 7am (luckily credit has a relatively late start by trading floor standards) when I start preparing the morning comment for the desk and for clients. My other daily tasks include writing midday and end of day commentaries, preparing axes, writing research summaries and last but not least, servicing the all-important client enquiry.

What do you enjoy most about the graduate scheme?

As a politics student I love that I get to spend my day keeping up with what is going on a world, and you can’t beat the buzz of the markets. I always feel a small win after completing a trade, particularly if it is something I have been working on with a client for a while. There are fresh challenges everyday so I am always developing plus I enjoy the pressure, the multi-tasking, and crucially, being able to talk to clients.

What’s the social aspect of working on a trading floor like?

Working at RBC has also given me a chance to get involved in lots of things outside of the trading floor as well. As part of our fundraising efforts for Great Ormand Street hospital I have taken part in the Great River Race and completed two Tough Mudders. I have also played in the RBC softball team for the interbank league and competed in a six aside football tournament amongst other events.

Fiona’s timeline

2010-2014:

  • Studied Politics & Economics at the University of Cambridge.
  • Temporary Administrator at Fisher German LLP during the holiday periods at university.

2012:

  • Equities Summer Analyst at Credit Suisse.

2013:

  • Attended McKinsey & Company’s Discover Programme.
  • Summer Analyst at RBC Capital Markets from July to August.

2014-2016:

  • Credit Sales Analyst at RBC.
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