Access All Areas, All Firms Through one SEO application, students can reachmore than 35 partner financial service firms and be considered for multiple industries. No other application provides such breadth and depth of opportunities.
Pre-interview Coaching SEO applicants will receive extensive support fromthe programme before their interviews commence, including refining and improving their CV, interview skills coaching and access to SEO commercial awareness guides specific to the area and firms they are interested in.
Orientation and Training SEO interns will receive between 60-100 hours of pre-internship training from SEO both on campus and in London before their placements commence. They will receive overviews of their summer internship business areas as well as participate in workshops to enhance their professional skills. Each training programme is individually tailored to the business that the student will be interning in and what are agreed as the student’s priorities for professional development (based on both their own feedback and also that of those that have interviewed them).Training sessions will include business overviews from industry experts, presentations skills training conducted by professional coaches, interactive skills workshops focusing on the work that they will complete during the summer, mock interviews and Q&A sessions with SEO alumni working in the same area. Those entering investment banks and professional service firms will additionally
be required to complete online e-finance training modules that no other interns they will be competing against will have access to.
Seminar Series & Graduate Fast Tracks The acclaimed SEO Summer Seminar Series offers interns exposure to the highest level of management. Partner firms host seminars and receptions allowing interns to meet CEOs, presidents, managing directors, partners, senior managers and recruiting officers. Many partner firms subsequently host fast track graduate applications specifically for SEO candidates, dramatically improving the success rate of the SEO class in securing multiple graduate full time job offers.
From Interns to Employees Of course, the goal of the SEO scheme is to help our interns land highly competitive jobs. At the beginning of the summer, every intern’s resume is included in the SEO CV Face-book, which is distributed to all of our partner firms. SEO’s involvement continues through end of summer workshops, where interns learn how to turn their internships into jobs through interview training and sessions on how to deal with multiple offers.
Compensation The rewards of a career in the one of SEO’s programme areas begin during the summer internship, with salaries up to £900 a week depending on the industry in which you are placed. The industries that SEO provides placements are the most financially rewarding for those leaving university, with starting graduate salaries ranging from £28,000-£58,000 per annum.
Mentoring and SEO Network Access We want our interns to have the best possible experience during their internships so they will be the top hiring choice at their firm at the end of the summer. Integral to an intern’s success during the summer is the support network of mentors. SEO provides every intern with access to four outstanding mentoring resources – (1) an independent SEO alumni mentor working in the same business at another leading firm, (2) a SEO ‘buddy’ that completed the same internship at the same firm in the previous year, (3) the general SEO alumni community at the firm they will be interning at and (4) the full time SEO support staff made up of ex bankers, lawyers, consultants and traders. This network gives SEO interns access to a huge cadre of people who have already succeeded in these highly competitive fields. Interns can speak with mentors about how to turn their internships into jobs, how to navigate through the industry, specific job challenges, career advice and personal questions.
Ongoing Career Support SEO support is for life. It includes ongoing mentoring from senior alumni, career enhancement and MBA education events, accessing supporters and career opportunities in industries and firms alumni are keen to gain exposure to, etc. With a global alumni pool of more than 8.000 based in more than 40 countries, SEO represents one of the strongest and most enduring
professional networks in the world.
From the moment I learnt about the SEO programme at my university, I was convinced that that SEO is the passport to help me get a foot in the Financial industry spanning Professional services, investment banking and consulting. To say I received valuable help from SEO would be an understatement. The application process was straightforward and once I was on the other side, the amount of information, opportunities, guidance and help was overwhelming and more than any prospective intern could have wished for. As a result of all this support, I sailed through the recruitment process and once the offer was made, it is then that I realised about the full SEO Advantage. Rather than laying back on this success, I was put through the bigger challenge of preparing to ace my internship and come out with a graduate offer. Through interactive online business courses, I learnt so much about the industry and the main indicators to keep track of. I was also allocated a mentor within the same industry and a buddy within the same firm which enabled me to get up to speed in my role long before my induction day for my internship. I communicated regularly with the SEO team through networking sessions, social events and emails. Applying to SEO is one of the best decisions I have ever made and by the time I start my graduate job, I hope to be a part of SEO as much as SEO will be a part of me.Kushal Ramma SEO Intern Profesional Services 2011 Class, Warwick University