Sophia Xing

Sophia worked as a summer intern at Bank of China, London, after completing the second year of her degree.



This experience game me a clear idea of my future career, helping me to figure out my interests and find out which specific job I really want.

Course: Actuarial Science and Mathematics (3 years) [BSc]

Course dates: 2012-2015

How many internships did you apply for before you were successful?


Please summarise your career progression since your internship and whether it led to further work experience.

I think it gave me a chance to overview the financial industry and figure out in what way my university knowledge comes into practical use. I made use of some of the statistics skills and BMAN courses by working with data and analysing company's balance sheets. For the further work experience, it provided me with a very good background which will be easy to use in other financial fields, such as equity, corporate finance etc.

How do you think the internship has helped you in your degree and future career?

This experience gave me a clear idea of my future career, helping me to figure out my interests and find out which specific job I really want.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of applying to an internship and what skills/experience do you think are necessary to be successful in your application?

Make the most of the university Careers Service. Write a good CV. Applying for internships takes a lot of time and energy, arrange your time well. The most important abilities are communication skills and ability to learn.

Is there anything you wish you’d done before the placement to help you prepare for either the application process or the work itself?

Remember more English words, improve language skills and pay more attention to the financial industry.

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