Morgan Stanley

6Morgan Stanley 2023 graduate opportunities

Company Company Profile

Morgan Stanley is a leading financial services firm. Our vision and goals can only be achieved through hiring, training and rewarding the best people. Morgan Stanley is a true global citizen, with offices around the world filled with talented, passionate people bringing excellence and integrity to everything we do. As technology links us closer together, the firm is in a unique position to address the increasingly global needs of our clients.

Our attention is on the future, even though we draw strength from our successful past. We are focused on new ideas and ground-breaking financial products. We believe capital creates change and that it can be channelled in such a way that we do well in business while also seeding goodness in the world. This is why we are working with visionary businesses and individuals to generate funding to finance innovative ideas for a better future.

There is no typical person at Morgan Stanley. Our employees represent globally diverse backgrounds and interests. What they have in common is that they are all high achievers who share integrity, intellectual curiosity and the desire to work in a collegial environment. We prize individuality and encourage our people to be themselves. What you are interested in and how you approach the world will determine your individual career path with us.

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Case Studies

  • Name: Toks Afolabi-Ajayi
  • Role: Investment Banking Analyst
  • Degree: Physics

“Despite my physics background, I was always more interested in business than science. I picked investment banking, and Morgan Stanley in particular, because the people I met at careers events were interesting and very, very sharp. I was also attracted by the strength of the brand and the company’s reputation in the marketplace.

My relationship with Morgan Stanley started with a summer internship in my penultimate year at university. It was a great introduction to the organisation and the world of investment banking as a whole. And on the strength of it, I then applied for the main graduate programme.

I now work with the team in mergers and acquisitions - an incredibly talented bunch of people. As an analyst, I support the senior people in my team who are dealing directly with the clients. It’s my job to go through financial statements with a fine-toothed comb and work out what the financial impact of the transaction – whether it’s an acquisition, restructuring, or divestiture – will be.

The thing I love most about my job is the variety. You come into the office in the morning and think you know what the day will bring. But all it takes is one phone call to throw your plans completely. It’s not right for everyone, but that unpredictability gives me a real buzz. And it means that I learn something new every day.

The most challenging part of my job is definitely the long hours. On occasions, we have to work 16 hours a day for two or three weeks straight. So I don’t get quite as much sleep as I did when I was student. And sometimes my social plans have to change at short notice.

The best advice I can give anyone who’s thinking of a career in investment banking is to do your homework first. Go to all the careers fairs, and as many presentations as you can. Also, spend time talking to the people at each event because it really helps you to get under the skin of each organisation.”

Training & Profiles

Morgan Stanley offers Graduate Programmes in Investment Banking, Sales & Trading, Research, Investment Management, Credit Risk Management, Technology, Finance and Operations. Opportunities in other divisions can arise, so we strongly advise visiting our website on a regular basis.

Profile Sought: The strongest candidates are those who excel both inside and outside the classroom, with strong academic performance and extra-curricular activities, and who show strong motivation and superior interpersonal skills.

Grads Sought / Degree Discipline: Morgan Stanley accepts applications from all degree types. We are looking for candidates with a keen intellect, excellent communication skills, analytical aptitude and high dedication to their professional responsibilities.

Application Procedure

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Morgan Stanley offer the following work experience opportunities to undergraduates:

Summer Internships – 10-week summer internships designed to attract, develop and assess the kind of people we feel are likely to succeed at our firm. These well- structured programmes include training, seminars and social events designed to give interns a unique experience in the financial services industry and provide a summer that is enjoyable and intellectually rewarding.

Industrial Placements – These six or 12-month Industrial Placement Programmes in Technology, Finance, Operations and Prime Brokerage provide classroom and on-the-job training and valuable career experience. Candidates will be working alongside experienced colleagues and will gain exposure to all levels of professionals within the division. They will receive regular mentoring and coaching from senior colleagues, as well as regular evaluation to ensure progress is developed.

Spring Insight - We also run Insight Programmes that offer a great opportunity to increase your commercial awareness and learn more about building the skills and confidence you will need to be successful through the assessment and interview process.

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