During the trek, we visited four different companies, including the Chartered Instituted for Securities and Investment (CISI), S&P Global, TheCityUK, and Bloomberg Inc. We also visited the Bank of England Museum, where we tried to “grab” one of their 13 kg gold bars, and took a guided Financial Walking Tour of the City of London.
On the first day, after checking into the Hotel, we went to the CISI office, nicknamed “The Walkie Talkie” building. We took a few photos outside the unique landmark and, once inside, a CISI representative delivered an interactive presentation about the business and the importance of ethics for finance practitioners and professionals. After the presentation we went to the beautiful Sky Garden on the 35th Floor, where we enjoyed seeing the city of London from above.
The next day, we visited S&P Global in the city’s main financial centre, Canary Wharf. We learnt about Trends in Quantamental Investing, which was followed by a discussion and Q&A session. After that, the group visited TheCityUK, the Bank of England Museum, and also took a guided financial walking tour of the city. In the evening we had some free time, which we spent on activities like exploring the city or relaxing in the pub.
The third and final day of the trek, took us to the Bloomberg offices, where we were given a tour of the building by two employees. Bloomberg has a modern office with huge open-plan work spaces, which very much reflects their working culture. Complemented by a spacious cafeteria, their employees seemed to be enjoying working there!
Finally, we went back to Edinburgh on the night train.
The London Trek was a valuable experience, which I enjoyed so much.