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Role:Assistant Vice-President
Location:London
Division:Deutsche Asset Management
An Do
  • My DB Reason

The work I do has a meaningful impact, socially and personally. Private capital is vital to investment in infrastructure that makes economic growth possible. Seeing and making that transformation is very rewarding. And it satisfies my intellectual curiosity because the opportunities are so diverse

  • What inspired you to join Deutsche Bank?

    Definitely the people. When I interviewed at Deutsche Bank I already had a couple of offers from other asset managers, but I was really impressed by the people here. In my interview I met five people, ranging from junior level to MD. The atmosphere was very different from what I’d encountered elsewhere; although the interview formats were similar, the interviewers at Deutsche walked me through them and let me step back, digest and think for myself, and offered guidance when I needed it. They were also very up front about the pros and cons of the job, and what their expectations were.

  • What are the biggest intellectual challenges you’ve faced?

    The biggest challenge was the steep learning curve when I first joined the team. I studied economics, so I hadn’t done any finance modules at university. I was thrown straight into a deal – the exposure was great, but daunting at first. I did a lot of self-learning, but my team gave me a lot of support and my mentor spent half an hour with me every day to go through concepts I wasn’t familiar with. When I completed a task she’d help me understand how what I’d done fitted into the wider context.

  • What do you find most interesting about working here?

    The work I do has a meaningful impact, socially and personally. Private capital is vital to investment in infrastructure that makes economic growth possible. We’re involved A–Z; we evaluate an investment, acquire a company, manage it and transform it over a number of years. Seeing and making that transformation is very rewarding. And it satisfies my intellectual curiosity because the opportunities are so diverse – I deal with everything from airports to service stations to water companies.

  • What difference do you think you’ve made?

    Of all the deals I’ve done, one stands out. It’s an investment I had been managing for four years; in that time we’ve completely restructured the company, refinanced it, and implemented operational changes. In 2015 we launched a sale process because we’d been able to bring the company onto a stable footing. The sale was very successful, and was voted Private Equity Global Deal of the Year. Surely that has been a highlight in my career!

  • What would your advice be to the incoming class to help them make the most of the orientation and training programme?

    Every job has its ups and downs. I think you have to have the right expectations, and be prepared to work hard and make sacrifices. But if you’re determined, and you build your position in the team, things can go very well for you. The key is to network – build your relationships, and think long term. And if you’ve got a problem, don’t keep it to yourself – you’d be surprised how willing people are to listen and offer advice.

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Benjamin

Role:Fixed Income Trader
Location:London
Division:Deutsche Asset Management
Benjamin Mehouas
Benjamin Mehouas
  • My DB Reason

Our managers are really invested in us; they take time to walk us through the techniques of the role, to challenge us, to give us extra responsibility. We work as one team.

  • What inspired you to join Deutsche Bank?

    I was obviously following the financial market news and I was aware of some of the challenges Deutsche Bank, and other international investment banks were facing. For someone just starting out, I think these challenges come with big opportunities. I very much liked the idea of working somewhere I could help make things better and be granted with responsibilities faster. Also, Deutsche Asset Management specifically has an entrepreneurial-like spirit here in London. I think there’s a lot to be said for an experience like this, rather than working somewhere where processes are very well defined and not put into question.

  • What do you find most interesting about working here?

    The working environment, the team spirit, as well as the integration and cooperation across different teams. Our managers are really invested in us; they take time to walk us through the techniques of the role, to challenge us, to give us extra responsibility. We work as one team rather than one individual and thus never feel alone when facing great challenges.

  • What are the biggest intellectual challenges you’ve faced?

    My current role involves constantly liaising with traders, sales people and portfolio managers covering various products and regions. This means I have to be on top of everything. Although I can’t be an expert in every topic, I can’t ever find myself in a situation in which I don’t know what we are talking about. So I need to be curious, organised and flexible. This is a great challenge!

  • How have you changed during you time here?

    I believe this applies to all but I can’t afford to make any mistakes when trading. I have made great progress to pay attention to any kind of detail and be well organised which I need to work on even more. I also think that the constant link with different roles, backgrounds and levels of seniority helped me to be more open and adaptive to various approach and expectations.

  • What would your advice be to the incoming graduate class to help them make the most of the orientation and training programme?

    Be keen to understand what teams really do and not just what the job title is. The role you like most may not be the one you first thought of. This is even more important as many people start with quite a fixed idea of what they want to do, while paradoxically the graduate programme is all about rotating through different jobs.

  • Can you describe your experience on the graduate scheme?

    It was a very enriching experience. The rotation-based programme definitely helps better understand the entire organization well beyond the graduate scheme. I was quite fortunate to rotate in portfolio management, fund distribution and trading. Those rotations were relevant as the three functions are well integrated in practice. This helps on a daily basis for sure as I am in constant cooperation with those teams.

  • What have you most valued from your training?

    Being able to meet with peers from other divisions and locations. In the very short-term they are most likely to help make connections to their respective team if I need it from a business perspective. They can also be very helpful in the longer term as we move forward in our respective careers.

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Charlotte

Role:Analyst
Location:London
Division:Global Markets
Charlotte Ainsworth
  • My DB Reason

It’s instilled in you from the start that you have the capacity to make a difference and to get to a senior level in the business. It makes you want to work very hard and to succeed.

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Emile

Role:Analyst
Location:Singapore
Division:Global Transaction Banking
Emile Law
  • My DB Reason

After the training program, you dive straight into the business. Your year’s rotational training is a time to experiment and try new things – I gained exposure to a wide variety of roles. To succeed here, you have to be very motivated and want to do things better. I’ve met so many amazing people from so many different places, and it broadens your mind to take in so many perspectives.

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Emma

Role:Investment Advisory
Location:Hong Kong
Division:Wealth Management
Emma Cheung
Emma Cheung
  • My DB Reason

When I was offered the opportunity to join the graduate programme after graduation I jumped at the chance.

  • Why did you join Deutsche Bank?

    I studied business and law for my undergraduate degree at the University of Hong Kong. I interned at a few companies, and in my penultimate year I did the Deutsche Bank Summer Internship Programme in Wealth Management. Compared with other banks I’ve heard about from friends who work in them, Deutsche Bank is very good at reaching out to students. I found that people were really willing to share their experiences. When I was offered the opportunity to join the graduate programme after graduation I jumped at the chance.

  • What is the culture like in your division?

    Wealth Management is all about developing long-term relationships with clients – maybe that’s why the people who work here are so friendly; they’re very willing to share their experiences, and invest their time in training new colleagues. And they have a very broad spectrum of knowledge, which makes them interesting people to be around.

  • What are the biggest intellectual challenges you’ve faced?

    At the moment I’m an investment advisor, working with relationship managers to give clients active advice. In a role like this you’re expected to have good knowledge across different asset classes. I didn’t spend much time on finance during my undergraduate degree – on specific financial instruments, for example. So my biggest challenge has been building my product knowledge as much as possible in a short period of time. But people around me have been really helpful, so it wasn’t a problem.

  • What do you enjoy most about the graduate programme?

    Before I started working in Hong Kong I went to London for the induction. I met people from across world and made some good friends that I still keep in touch with. An experience such as this is something I will never forget and one that I am not likely to experience again. Then there’s the rotation element of the programme, which means being assigned to different desks and teams and developing a real understanding of what your colleagues’ day-to-day work is like.

  • What would you advice be to next year’s Deutsche Bank graduates?

    The most important things to bring to the programme are openness and a willingness to learn. You may have a clear idea which career you wish to pursue but you’ll soon appreciate, after you’ve worked here for a while, that your options are varied. So it’s important to work hard in every rotation, because it might change your ideas about where you want to go. 

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Jimmy

Role:Analyst, Global Equity Derivatives
Location:Hong Kong
Division:Technology
Jimmy Lee
Jimmy Lee
  • My DB Reason

I wanted to be working with smart, ambitious people on cutting-edge technologies, and make a positive impact. I discovered that Deutsche Bank could offer me this kind of environment.

  • What inspired you to join Deutsche Bank?

    I came to Deutsche Bank last year as a graduate in the technology division after studying computer science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Nowadays, IT jobs are ubiquitous in almost every sector, and it took me a while to work out what industry I wanted to get into. I wanted to be working with smart, ambitious people on cutting-edge technologies, and make a positive impact. After a summer internship in the financial services sector, I discovered that Deutsche Bank could offer me this kind of environment and truly accelerate my learning and development as a graduate.

  • What’s the culture like in the Technology division?

    People in Technology are extremely passionate about their work. There is a natural inquisition and fascination with technology that is shared by everyone in the division. They are true experts in their subject, and are always looking for ways to improve the technology within DB. They invite me to bring fresh, innovative ideas to the table as a graduate and are very generous with their time whenever I have questions. There is always someone to learn from, given the great diversity in cultural, education and professional background with Technology. I think this diversity is an integral part of Deutsche Bank's strong, distinctive culture.

  • What are the biggest intellectual challenges you’ve faced?

    In an earlier rotation, our team was required to perform daily manual health checks on various applications before the market open. I worked on a project to automate these procedures using UI automation scripting technologies. I carried the project forward by discussing the areas of improvement with the team, assessing various technologies and their pros/cons, and finally bringing the project to life with the technical implementation. It was difficult initially to bring people to adopt the new automation, but in the end the project saved a lot of time and effort for my team. It was rewarding to own the project from start to finish, even as a junior.

  • What do you enjoy most about the graduate programme?

    My favourite part is the global nature of the programme. During the orientation, hundreds of graduates from every corner of the world came together from all sorts of different backgrounds, and I had the pleasure of making friends and establishing networks across the globe. I built lasting friendships beyond the office, and have kept in close contact with many of my graduate peers. Even once I hit my desk and started the programme, I worked on projects on a global scale, and to this day work closely with my counterparts in many countries on a daily basis.

  • Why should someone work in tech in a bank and not for a tech firm?

    Finance is a field that attracts top talent, and is where many highly motivated people choose to work. In order to keep up with competitors, banks are required to constantly innovate, and invest heavily in developing top-notch technology talent. At Deutsche Bank, you will be constantly exposed to experts in their domain and be challenged to work on meaningful IT projects. The kind of support you get in Deutsche Bank for personal development is not something you will find in most other companies.

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Maximillian Huber Max

Max

Role:Geschäftskundenbetreuer
Location:München Bayern-Süd
Division:PBC - Private & Business Clients
Maximillian Huber
  • My DB Reason

Ich konnte mich mit neuen Herausforderungen ständig weiter entwickeln, da meine Vorgesetzten mich respektieren und in meine Fähigkeiten vertrauen.

  • „Der Wechsel vom Traineeprogramm in die feste Stelle als Geschäftskundenberater war die größte Challenge. Und gleichzeitig war es der größte Vertrauensbeweis. Meine Vorgesetzten haben mir das zugetraut und sie haben immer ein offenes Ohr für meine Fragen. Für mich war es eine große Freude, weil ich an den Herausforderungen wachsen konnte.“

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Natali

Role:Analyst
Location:Cary, North Carolina, US
Division:Technology
Natali Gavanarova
  • My DB Reason

There are many brilliant people working here. If you take the time to ask questions, everyone is willing to reach out a hand and help you to get the job done.

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Robert Cooke Rob

Rob

Role:Analyst
Location:Birmingham, UK
Division:Technology
Robert Cooke
  • My DB Reason

The main thing that surprised me was how flat the structure is – I get a lot of exposure to senior management despite being very junior. At my office, you have a whole microcosm of the Bank under one roof. A number of friends had recommended Deutsche Bank – they said that of all the banks, they had the best culture. The Bank has given me lots of development opportunities and plenty of responsibility.

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Samantha

Role:Analyst
Location:Manila, Philippines
Division:Group Finance
Samantha Del Rosario
  • My DB Reason

I wanted to deal with people from different cultures and Deutsche Bank is a truly global bank. I’ve been working here for less than a year, yet I’ve already got involved in some very interesting projects. I work with agile-minded people and this helps me develop that kind of thinking. What you do here affects not just your country, but everywhere else in the world.

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Shubhendra

Role:Analyst, Foreign Exchange
Location:Singapore
Division:Technology Office
Shubhendra Agrawal
Shubhendra Agrawal
  • My DB Reason

I think what makes the culture so strong at Deutsche Bank is the real diversity of countries, cultures, and professional backgrounds.

  • Why did you join DB?

    I studied Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore. I’ve always been passionate about working at the crossroads of two disciplines, two industries, and the technology division of a global financial firm is just that. I was a DB tech intern in the Summer of 2014 and started on the grad programme in 2015. Since then I’ve been through several rotations in Global Transaction Banking (GTB) – corporate tech, information security and global markets.

  • What’s the culture like in the Technology Division?

    People are very friendly and willing to share their experiences and knowledge with you. In technology we work across different time zones and interact with parallel teams all over the world. That means a real diversity of experience on a daily basis. 

  • What are the biggest intellectual challenges you’ve faced?

    Every financial firm that operates in Asia has to deal with big differences in regulatory requirements between jurisdictions, and that’s one of the key challenges we have to address in technology. Heavy-handed, one-size-fits-all solutions are not an option; we have to tailor global standards to suit local demands.

  • What do you enjoy most about the graduate programme?

    The programme has been a great way to form long-lasting connections and friendships. It’s amazing to meet and start working with hundreds of new colleagues who are just as keen to make an impact as you are, to ask questions, and to learn about the bank’s strategy from senior managers. I also got the chance to make several trips to the UK and explore London – a memorable experience. 

  • Why should someone work in tech in a bank and not for a tech firm?

    If you’re interested in working across industries, a bank is an excellent choice. You develop products all the way from ideation to successful adoption, and at DB you work with innovation labs and technology centres around the globe. You’ll get the chance to take our digital presence to the next level – to innovate not only in the way we service our clients, but in how we as colleagues go about our work. 

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Tracy

Role:Institutional Cash Management
Location:Hong Kong
Division:Global Transaction Banking
Tracy Yeung
Tracy Yeung
  • My DB Reason

I noticed how collaborative people are here. They’re knowledgeable, but they don’t work in silos and they care about developing the next generation.

  • Why did you join DB?

    I first came to Deutsche Bank as a Summer intern. Straight away I noticed how collaborative people are here. They’re knowledgeable, but they don’t work in silos and they care about developing the next generation. I knew I wanted to come back, and soon afterwards I was thrilled to be offered a place on the graduate programme.

  • What is the culture like in your division?

    The culture is completely aligned with the expectations I had before I joined. What I notice most is the people – they give you opportunity and recognition even at a junior level, and I always feel like an important part of the team. Contact with management is very important when you’re starting out, and I definitely get it here. 

  • What are the biggest intellectual challenges you’ve faced?

    Probably the client-facing aspects of the job. You need to build long-term relationships with clients, and develop the depth of product knowledge that they expect. I spend a lot of time interacting with my clients and finding the solutions to match their needs. 

  • What would you advice be to next year’s DB graduates?

    Don’t forget to work on your soft skills. Obviously technical knowledge is important, but you have to build yourself a professional network and develop good relationships with your team. You need to be proactive and do not only the work you’ve been assigned, but look for challenges, reach out, and ask to do more. 

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