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From Newcastle to London: students gain career insights at Bloomberg and HSBC

Business School students recently visited the London headquarters of Bloomberg and HSBC and learned about careers in financial services.

15 December 2023

Students from Newcastle University Business School recently travelled to London to visit the Bloomberg European Headquarters and HSBC Global Headquarters, and to learn about careers in financial services.

More than 200 students applied for the opportunity to represent the Business School on the trip. After careful consideration, 30 students from a range of programmes and degree levels were selected to meet with Bloomberg and HSBC representatives.

Visiting Bloomberg

The first visit to Bloomberg was hosted by Cameron Batemana Newcastle University Business School alumnus and Bloomberg AIM Trade Desk Specialist.   

Students toured the £1 billion European Headquarters and learned about the facilities and building features designed tomaximisesustainability and colleague engagement. Cameron also generously shared insights into his career journey since graduating from the University. He highlighted graduate opportunities at Bloomberg and hosted a demonstration of the Bloomberg terminals.    

Reflecting on the visit, Cameron said, “I felt very privileged to be able to share my experiences with students who were enthusiastic and proactive in considering their future career options.” 

Bloomberg London office building viewed from Cannon Street / Walbrook

Touring HSBC

The group then travelled across London to visit the HSBC Global Headquarters in Canary Wharf. During this visit, students toured the 45-story skyscraper which included a visit to the bank’s boardroom.

This was followed by a financial careers insights session hosted by Emily Lawrie, Associate – Education, Charities and Not for Profit Organisations at HSBC. The panel included employees who had completed the HSBC graduate scheme. They offered insights into life after university, working in financial services, and different careers within a global bank.

Speaking about the day, Emily said: “We thoroughly enjoyed hosting students from Newcastle University Business School for a Working in Finance panel and a tour of our global head office. We hope the students found it a valuable experience, as our panellists certainly enjoyed meeting them. Some brilliant questions and fantastic engagement!"

Students on the trip valued the opportunity to visit two global companies in the heart of London’s financial centre.

Pakpoom Boonprasert, an MSc Digital Business student, reflected: “I am strongly confident that this trip will be one of my drives to achieve my goal of becoming a professional in banking in the future.”

Ya Gao, an Accounting and Finance PhD student, added: “This trip has been instrumental in shaping my career aspirations and fostering a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of academic learning and practical application in the financial world.”


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A night view of Canary Wharf in London, showcasing illuminated skyscrapers and banks against a dusky sky.