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Exploring the world of finance on a work placement

BSc International Management and Modern Languages student Edward talks about his work placement in Frankfurt, where he's secured a full-time graduate role.

Edward on campus.
Bath's connections with leading employers was one of the things that attracted Edward to the course.

Choosing the School of Management at Bath

I was attracted to studying International Management and Modern Languages (German) due to the broad composition of the course. It ranges from financial statement analysis to German history, while developing fluency in German and associated cultural knowledge. The course also ensures the development of practical, real-world skills like giving presentations and teamwork.

Bath puts a lot of value on work placements. It has great relationships with leading employers, both in the UK and abroad, which is very important for future employment prospects.

Gaining practical skills and future contacts

On placement, I had the opportunity to discover two departments at PwC in Frankfurt, Germany. First, I was in the Transfer Pricing department, where I analysed value chains and helped multinational firms comply with global tax regulations.

In the second half, I was in the Valuations, Modelling and Analytics (M&A) department. Here I helped to value several firms for M&A, tax and restructuring purposes. My placement was an excellent way to get a look inside some of the biggest firms in the world as well as develop practical skills.

My placement will be extremely beneficial for my future. I was able to develop practical skills such as those in financial modelling and presentations. I also had the opportunity to network with a wide variety of people both inside and outside the company. I'm very excited to return to my placement company for a full-time role.

Feeling supported by staff and students

The best experience of my course has been chatting to my coursemates about their experiences on placement. I've learned about their companies and roles, what they did and didn't enjoy, and how they found living in Germany.

The placement team was also very helpful, from arranging mock interviews to setting up meetings with potential future employers. The placement team also helped us get our visas. It’s safe to say that the course would not be the same without the work placement.

My placement was an excellent way to get a look inside some of the biggest firms in the world.
Edward Emmett BSc International Management with Modern Languages (German)

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