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About Nomura Group

Nomura is a global financial services group with an integrated network spanning over 30 countries. By connecting markets East & West, we service the needs of individuals, institutions, corporates and governments through our three business divisions: Retail, Wholesale (Global Markets and Investment Banking) and Investment Management.

Driven by the insights of some 28,000 people worldwide, we put our clients at the center of everything we do, delivering unparalleled access to, from and within Asia.

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Our Global Network

Americas

2,100

Our Wholesale operation services local clients through nine locations in the United States, which represents the largest fee pool in global investment banking. Nomura also operates a boutique investment management firm specializing in high-yield investments.

Group companies in the Americas

EMEA

2,700

Headquartered in London with operations in 17 countries, our EMEA business has over 50 years of experience connecting markets East and West. We provide a wide range of solutions across Global Markets and Investment Banking to our corporate, institutional, government and public sector clients.

Group companies in EMEA

Asia ex-Japan

6,100

Building on the presence we have established across 15 cities, we are laying the foundation to further expand our retail, wealth management and asset management capabilities in the Asia region where we see long-term economic growth.

Group companies in the Asia ex-Japan

Japan

15,300

In addition to managing 122 trillion retail client assets and 22% of securities accounts in Japan, we are the country’s largest asset manager by assets under management We also provide a broad range of sales and trading as well as underwriting and advisory services to our clients in Wholesale.

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Our Philosophy

Clients at the center of everything we do

Our priority is to customize solutions that align with clients' strategic interests

We believe in long-term partnerships created uniquely for each client

Long history in Asia

Our experience navigating Asia's cultures and customs is unrivaled

We are deeply rooted in Asia with a global footprint, enabling us to operate seamlessly across borders

Integrated global access

With access to over 30 countries and a presence on major stock exchanges, we connect you to markets East and West

Disciplined entrepreneurship

We seek creative solutions for clients with an acute understanding of the risks involved

Our clients are equipped with a diverse and nimble portfolio placing them well ahead of the market

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Our Services

Retail

Nomura's Retail Division provides a broad range of financial products and services to individual and corporate clients in Japan through its nationwide network of branches as well as online platform and call centers. We differentiate ourselves through our consulting-based approach, focusing on understanding the needs of each client and providing tailored solutions from investment to inheritance and succession planning.

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Wholesale

Nomura is dedicated to servicing a diverse range of clients globally, including institutional investors, financial institutions, corporates, financial sponsors and government entities. Our Wholesale Division comprises of Global Markets, which offers research, sales and trading of global securities, and Investment Banking, which offers capital raising and advisory services.

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Investment Management

Nomura's Investment Management Division is responsible for the firm's asset management business. It brings together the investment management capabilities of Nomura Group companies, including Nomura Asset Management with its strengths in traditional asset classes, and group companies with investment experience in alternative assets such as private equity, private debt and aircraft leasing.

Investment Management leverages the know-how and expertise of the entire group to deliver added value for our clients across various asset classes, from traditional assets such as stocks and bonds to alternative assets such as private equity. We aim to provide a wide range of investment opportunities and solutions to meet the diverse needs of our clients.

By enhancing the asset management business and expanding investment capabilities, we strive to achieve organic/inorganic growth.

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What we do

Built to value ideas

Nomura provides investment banking services across the Asia Pacific region. We have a client-centric model and continue to make significant enhancements to our investment banking platform, global distribution, structuring expertise and product capabilities.

We continue to significantly increase our global footprint where we believe we have a competitive advantage and can best serve our clients, employees and shareholders. By putting our clients at the center of everything we do, we provide high value-added solutions and contribute to economic growth as Asia’s global investment bank.

In Asia ex-Japan, we recruit students and graduates mainly for the following divisions:

Global Markets
Investment Banking
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Corporate

Our corporate infrastructure is what underpins the success of the entire organization. It is internationally renowned and structured to deliver a world-class client service. We rely on it to build and support the business, helping us deliver innovative financial solutions that set Nomura apart in the global marketplace. In our highly competitive and fast-paced industry, strong infrastructure teams are fundamental to our success. Work in these areas with us and you will operate at the forefront of your field, as well as gaining a valuable insight into how Nomura operates on a global scale.

Corporate consists of 10 diverse divisions that all partner with the business to ensure we run smoothly day-to-day, Information Technology, Operations, Finance, Corporate Communications, Audit, Human Resources, Corporate Services, Corporate Strategy, Legal & Compliance, Risk.

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Global Markets

Nomura's Global Markets team services financial institutions, corporates, governments, asset managers and hedge funds around the world. We act as market makers, trading in equity and fixed income securities, including currencies, interest rates and credit in cash, derivatives and structured products.

By leveraging the strength of our intellectual capital, client relationships and technology, we offer best-in-class products across a truly integrated, global cross-asset platform. A recognized leader in Asia with an international network spanning over 30 countries, we are in a unique position to offer a truly East-West service.

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Investment Banking

Our Investment Banking Division provides a variety of advisory and capital-raising solutions to corporations, financial institutions, private equity, governments and public-sector organizations around the world. Collaborating across geographies, industries and products, we provide comprehensive and innovative financing, advisory and risk solutions to our clients.

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Investment Banking

Our Investment Banking Division provides a variety of advisory and capital-raising solutions to corporations, financial institutions, governments and public-sector organizations around the world. Our global teams act as geographic, product and industry specialists.

Corporate Finance Advisory: Sector and country coverage professionals are critical in identifying and analyzing deal opportunities and managing client relationships. The ideas generated can have a tremendous impact on a sector.

Global Finance and Capital Raising: Global Finance is a combination of product experts, who are focused on providing tailor-made client solutions in debt or equity financing. The group works closely with Corporate Finance, M&A and Global Markets to originate structure and execute deals across the globe.

We deliver Asia to our clients – accessing deep pools of liquidity and dynamic growth markets, with cross-border collaborations in M&A, DCM, ECM, and solutions businesses.

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Global Markets

Nomura's Global Markets Division handles client transactions for financial institutions, corporates, governments and investment funds around the world. We act as market makers, trading in fixed income and equity securities, including currencies, interest rates and credit in cash, derivatives and structured products. We have taken market-leading positions across the globe by leveraging the strength of our talent, client relationships and technology.

By developing strong relationships with our client base through consistent interaction, independent advice and pre-eminent access to Asia, we have built a powerful global franchise across interest rates, currency and credit products. Our client services cover both high-volume flow products and carefully tailored structured solutions. We have adapted to the changing financial landscape to build a client centric focus differentiated by innovation, electronic and service excellence and market-leading derivatives capabilities.

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Corporate Infrastructure

Corporate Infrastructure Division is what underpins the success of the entire organization. It is internationally renowned and structured to deliver a world-class client service. We rely on it to build and support the business, helping us deliver innovative financial solutions that set Nomura apart in the global marketplace.

In our highly competitive and fast-paced industry, strong infrastructure teams are fundamental to our success. Work in these areas (Compliance, Finance, Operations or Technology) with us and you will operate at the forefront of your field, as well as gaining a valuable insight into how Nomura operates on a global scale.

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Our People

Talented people to drive our business forward

Nomura believes in harnessing the ambition of talented and intelligent people to drive our business forward. Our graduates' entrepreneurial spirits are helping us to realize our strategy to become Asia's global investment bank. Hear how Nomura impressed them, their experiences as interns and graduates and the evolution of their roles and responsibilities since joining.

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Leveling Up

Corrinne Teo
Credit Sales,
Global Markets

Stuart Oakley
Flow FX,
Global Markets

Aleem Jivraj
COO,
Global Markets

Avon Neo
Private Bank Sales,
Global Markets

Sonal Varma
Research,
Global Markets

Corrinne Teo

Head of Credit Sales, Asia ex-Japan

On January 7, 2009, I was sitting in the office as part of the newly-formed Nomura Asia ex-Japan Credit team and hoping my day would start well. It was an important day as it was our first day back in the office after Lehman Brothers’ Asia operations were acquired by Nomura in October 2008, and I recall experiencing a fair amount of performance anxiety.

And then the phone rang. In the space of the next hour, I remember selling 1 million of an Asian sovereign bond to a regional bank, an account I had previously covered at Lehman. I can never forget the client telling me that because it was my first day back, he was going to give me my inaugural trade at Nomura. This was a client who was carrying a significant loss from the Lehman bankruptcy. It was neither a large transaction nor a complicated structured product. It was a vanilla bond trade, yet one that filled me with a mixture of gratitude and relief after the emotional roller-coaster of going through the bankruptcy and trying to reboot my career.

It’s been almost 12 years since that Wednesday in 2009, but it and the preceding months after the collapse of Lehman on September 15, 2008, will remain imprinted in my memory.

Some of my personal reflections from that time:

Integrity
I realize that this is an over-used word in the modern business lexicon. For me, integrity means doing or striving to do the right thing every time, even when it is not convenient. It means to perform at our best because we never know which moment in our lives we will be judged on. Integrity is paramount to building any business and client relationship/franchise. We leave a little bit of ourselves with everybody we come in contact with, and over time, clients trust us only if we have integrity. Not every trade we do with a client will make them money, but we need to deal with them consistently in good faith so that in the long term, it’s win-win for everyone.

Passion & Performance
It is sometimes hard to be always emotionally invested in your work. However, it is important to have passion for your job, your team, internal stakeholders and clients. Another way of putting it is that you need to be a long-term optimist, but a short-term realist.

Personal Reputation
I was initially worried that clients would always remember me as the salesperson from the firm that went bankrupt. After all, a salesperson’s reputation is more integrated with the image of a firm than any other role. However, not every situation can be foreseen or anticipated. The Lehman episode teaches us that if we strive to consistently do the right thing when times are good, we as individuals or as a team, will be able to navigate the rough. In fact, the cultures of the top companies of the world depend on the innate goodness and professionalism of its employees which more than make up for systemic deficiencies. Our reputations are made on a daily basis. These are the little incremental things – worthwhile efforts, moments you were helpful to others, times you worked extremely hard over a weekend doing something important but not necessarily urgent – which after a lifetime, add up to something.

Balance
“Flutteringly, Floating in the breeze, A single butterfly,” is a beautiful haiku by Masaoka Shiki, the modernist and Western reformer during the Meiji period. Our Asia ex-Japan Credit business is ranked among the top 3 on the street, and one reason for our success is our laser-like focus in creating a sustainable, profitable business. Like the evocative image of the butterfly in the haiku, this is all about fine-tuning balance while working in consonance with the elements. While we can delight in the beauty of the butterfly, we must never forget the changes it has undergone to achieve that beauty. We should always focus on offering clients a product or service that has value for them. To achieve this, we should never shy away from making it known to them that both parties need to benefit from the relationship for it to be sustainable in the long term.

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Stuart Oakley

Global Head of Flow FX

Five lessons from my first five years in banking
An acute feeling of imposter syndrome seemed ever-present in my first year in banking. The journey began in 1996 at Credit Suisse in London on the emerging markets fixed income trading desk, having joined straight from Manchester University.

Being the only non-Oxbridge and non-Ivy League graduate among my peers, I was impressed and stressed in equal measure at the mathematical brilliance of my peer group. I knew that to survive I had to bring my A game every single day.

Here are critical lessons I learnt in those first five years, all of which helped me get ahead.

1. Words are just as important as numbers

The banking industry is associated with numbers, and the complexity of some financial instruments requires some of the best mathematical minds. But never underestimate the importance of words. A trader is expected to know every nook and cranny of his trading book, what all the scenarios mean for each trading position and the tiny margins between success and failure. The trader who stands out will be the one who can communicate and articulate these clearly, concisely and in a well-structured manner. People love to be educated. People love to have their knowledge enriched. People love to make money.

2. Keep it simple

Very often in a bank, you will be the only expert for a particular job. So whether it’s a trade idea or a particular market nuance, get the message across clearly, concisely, and using simple, jargon-free language that everyone understands. This will make your audience want to partner with you. Rambling communications, being overly technical or taking forever to get to the punch line will get you nowhere. At the core of financial markets is the quest to understand imbalances between supply and demand over a given time period, as this is what makes prices move. Remember that when communicating.

3. Be an expert

Whatever your role is, know it inside out, back to front, upside down. You are the bank’s expert in your area/market. Live and breathe it. Make sure you are able to answer any questions that come from clients, colleagues or your boss.

4. Get to know people well

Banking is no different from any other industry in that you cannot achieve much without others. Getting to know the people around you makes a real difference. When you understand people, their character traits, what makes them tick, whether it be clients or colleagues, you will be able to get the best out of them, and them you.

5. Solutions not problems

Every job encounters obstacles on a daily basis. People do not need you to add to theirs. Do whatever you can to present a solution first before you flag a problem. It is human nature to avoid those who complain and bring problems. Conversely, people will always gravitate towards positive energy and a ‘can do’ attitude. The more willing business partners you have, the quicker you can get ahead.

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Aleem Jivraj

Chief Operating Officer, Global Markets, Asia ex-Japan

If you observe some of the most successful people in business, such as Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos, you can’t help but wonder how they are able to fit so many different ventures into their life and career.

Managing one’s time is an important skill in the financial services industry too. Each person has to find what works for them and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. For example, one of the most productive people on the planet, Elon Musk, allocates his whole day in 5-minute blocks which is certainly a unique approach.

I’ve been fortunate to learn from some fantastic managers over the years, and also been influenced by many great books like Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Here are some time management concepts that have worked for me:

#1 Urgent vs. important: The Eisenhower Matrix

Everyone should prioritize urgent and important tasks (quadrant 1). But we have to do a certain number of non-urgent, less important “hygiene” tasks as well (quadrant 4).

The key is how to spend time between quadrant 2 and 3. The most effective people minimize the amount of time they spend on urgent, less important tasks by delegating or saying no. This won’t be easy, especially when you are early in your career or in a new job – but is essential. Instead, allocate your time to important, non-urgent tasks that typically take longer and will be more difficult to find time for, but have greater impact.

#2 Weekly or monthly goal setting

We all have to set objectives at work each year. But a year is a long time and it’s easy to lose track of priorities. So try setting your goals monthly or even weekly. On a Sunday evening or Monday morning, try spending 10 minutes to write down the key things you want to achieve that week - including possibly an activity that’s not urgent but important - that you’ve been putting off for later. Then when you inevitably get sucked into something urgent, you won’t lose track.

According to David Allen, inventor of the Getting Things Done methodology, “Self-management is about knowing what to do at any given moment.” I keep a post-it note by my keyboard with the top 6-8 focus items for the week, and whenever I have a few minutes to spare, I scan through it to make sure I’m staying on top of each item.

#3 Do the most difficult thing first, don’t procrastinate

Most people always have one or two items on their priority list that they really don’t want to tackle, and so leave it to the end. This can often lead to procrastination. Try tackling the most difficult things – tough conversations, difficult presentations or analyses – first and leave the more fun and easy tasks to the end. You’ll be able to get things done a lot faster.

As Mark Twain famously said: “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”

#4 Plan ahead – and look backwards

Plan what you want to achieve before you go into meetings and discussions. If you spend some time thinking about what you want to get out of each conversation, every meeting will be far more efficient.

Finally, at the end of each day or week, it is important to see how you did. Did you actually accomplish what you set out to get done? By tracking progress, you will soon get a clearer sense of how much you can get done in a given time. Over time, your ability to create a realistic schedule for yourself will get fine-tuned.

 

Time management is a skill that one can learn and get better at over time. And if you do, it will allow you to be significantly more productive and impactful in your career and life.
 

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Avon Neo

Head of Private Bank Sales, Asia ex-Japan

For the first time in over a century, the world has been dealing with a global pandemic that has shut businesses, upended lives, and disrupted and challenged our way of living. Through this period, I have had many insightful conversations with friends and family on what gives them true meaning.

Coping with such changes is what is commonly called a life transition and learning to master these challenging periods is probably the most essential life skill we need now. Massive life disruptions strike people at their very core, creating meaning vacuums in which it is common to feel frightened, overwhelmed and stuck. These life disruptions may be voluntary or involuntary. However, the transition process should be voluntary as we choose the steps we need to take as we turn some of these fears and anxieties into opportunities for growth and renewal.

From my experience over the last 20+ years in financial services, here are five simple tips to make whatever life transition you are experiencing go smoothly.

Be courageous

  • The word courage came from the Latin word cor meaning heart – and the original definition was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.
  • People with this virtue, very simply, have the courage to be imperfect.
  • As Winston Churchill once said, “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things."

No one is perfect and it’s impossible to have an unblemished life. But what is critical is how you front up to things, make peace with your mistakes, learn from them and then capitalize as you catapult yourself in a different direction.

Be adaptable

  • On many levels, Covid-19 will draw a clear divide between those who are adaptable and those who aren’t.
  • To survive and thrive, you need to be adaptable. We have to constantly change, challenge ourselves, be open to new ideas and respond (not react) accordingly.
  • As Jordan B Peterson says in 12 Rules for Life, “No one standing still can triumph, no matter how well constituted.”

I have often witnessed first-hand how crises shape leadership, the creation of new opportunities and how only those businesses who stay relevant by pivoting through change, ultimately thrive.

Ask for help when needed

  • Contrary to what many may believe, asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It reflects resoluteness and an unyielding will to never give up.
  • Your true friends will encourage you when you do well for yourself and punish you carefully when you do not.
  • They will not tolerate your cynicism and destructiveness.

Be honest

  • Honesty is not about just telling the truth – it is about being real with yourself and others about who you are, what you want and what you need.
  • The worst type of dishonesty is self-deception. More often than not, it is an excuse to misrepresent one’s own shortcomings or to compensate for something.
  • I have found that honesty cuts through bureaucracy, distraction, frustration and indecision. Stay with the facts – it will get you to where you want to go faster because you live how you really feel.
  • As we go through transitions, we shed things – mindsets, routines, delusions, dreams. This is the way to clear out some unwanted parts of our lives to make way for the new parts to come.

Be kind

  • As the author Charlie Mackesy says in The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, “one moment snow is falling and the sun shines the next, which is also a bit like life – it can turn on a sixpence.”
  • So, always be kind and considerate – you never know what life’s twists and turns will bring next. Karma can often be very painful and you may need the shoulders of the person to whom you gave a listening ear before.
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Sonal Varma

Chief Economist, India and Asia ex-Japan

My first exposure to economics was in grade 11 and I took an instant liking to it because I found the subject very intuitive. I ended up majoring in economics more by accident and wanted to join a data analytics firm, but got rejected. I was disappointed then, but in hindsight, it was a blessing in disguise. I joined a firm focused on macroeconomic research and have been doing that since.

Below are a few tips from my career journey on how to motivate yourself, bring your A-game to work every day even after decades of doing the same thing, and how to deal with disagreements on your views. For those in the early stages of their careers, there are also a few easy suggestions on work and life in general.

On interest in economics and keeping the passion going:

What has kept me going is my passion for the subject. I enjoy what I do. This is important no matter which field you are in – you need to enjoy the work to be able to sustain it for long. There has also been constant learning that has kept me going – first about India, then more on Asia and global economy/markets. There is still a lot to learn. I enjoy interacting with different clients and policymakers, because you can make a difference. Finally, it is also important to find the right mentors. I found some good mentors early on and that helped keep my subject interest alive.

On what it takes to be successful in a competitive field:

Sell-side research is very competitive and clients receive hundreds of emails on the same subject, so the question is why should they read what you write?

  • Content is key. You have to differentiate yourself and your product by adding value
  • Communicate clearly and succinctly
  • Be client-centric and approachable
  • Stay ahead of the curve by anticipating what comes next
  • Take risks. Being out of consensus can be difficult at times, but if you are convinced of your view, then it is worth the risk
  • Have good policy contacts
  • Build your credibility over time; it doesn’t happen overnight. Be consistent and people will start to trust you
  • Don’t be complacent and constantly think of how you can improve. Ask for feedback and keep raising the bar for yourself

On dealing with disagreements with your views:

There are always different views on an issue and disagreements can be challenging to deal with. Before I form a view, I try to think through both the expected global economic backdrop and then the country nuances. So formation of the view itself is a comprehensive process which takes into account all possible outcomes to arrive at the most likely one. When people disagree, remember that they are rational and they are disagreeing with your view, and not you. You should ask the person why they disagree. Ask yourself whether this information requires you to re-assess your view. If yes, then change the view. If no, then explain why. In my work, I have to constantly re-assess my view as new information arrives.

Things I believe in and general advice for people in the early stages of their career:

  • Work hard and be patient. Success comes over time.
  • Work smart. Focus on the important quadrants – both urgent and not urgent (Stephen Covey).
  • Never give up. Perseverance pays.
  • Stand up and take your chance. If you are not ready to fail, then you are not ready to succeed.
  • Health is wealth. Stay fit. No excuses.
  • Invest in upgrading yourself. Read. Never stop learning.
  • Invest only in what you understand. Be greedy when others are fearful, and vice versa.
  • Spend time with those who really matter.
  • Don’t compromise on your values. People should respect you, not your position.
  • Be nice. Be fair. Be humble.
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We aim to give our interns the same level of exposure as a first-year Analyst or Associate. That means you'll work as a full member of the team, participating in team meetings, potentially meeting clients, forming effective working relationships and showing a real commitment to our goals and values. You will start with an initial orientation and training program to equip you with the fundamental skills and toolkit needed to succeed and, during the course of your internship, you can expect to work closely with a buddy and have regular contact with senior mentors. This, coupled with continual on-the-job training, regular senior business presentations, social events and networking opportunities, will allow you to see what makes us an exciting proposition in the investment banking world.

Our intern programs are an integral component of our full time recruiting efforts and are a two-way assessment process. While we evaluate your potential and suitability for a career at Nomura, you are also assessing your own fit for investment banking. At the start of the program, you will set objectives with your manager and then participate in a mid-term and final performance review. At the end of the program, offers are extended to strong performers to return to Nomura after graduation.

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August 17, 2022 (Wednesday) Asia Pacific Nomura Experience Series –
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When does the internship start and how long is the duration?

In Asia ex-Japan, we run several internship programs during the year in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. We may also have non-internship opportunities for students throughout the year, so we would encourage you to check our website regularly for updates.

The duration and timing of our internships is stated in each of the respective postings on our website. Please click here to see our current openings and you will find further details in each of the job descriptions.

Does Nomura provide structured training program at the beginning and during the internship?

First week of the internship will be a firmwide orientation comprised of trainings and overviews of our business structure and strategy. We clearly define all elements of the internship program and what is required for success. Furthermore, you will be provided with on-the-job training throughout the summer and will work closely alongside professionals of all levels. You will also be invited to networking and community affair events which is a great opportunity to connect with others and give back to our society.

Do the internship programs allow rotation across different divisions in the firm?

No, internships are just for one division to ensure a deep dive understanding, extensive training and meaningful work experience.

All investment banks seem to offer similar career paths and training. What makes Nomura different?

Our people (which makes up the culture) is what differentiates Nomura. Nomura will offer you an exciting and stimulating environment where you will find smart, driven individuals from a variety of backgrounds.

What kind of working hours can I expect as an intern?

We enjoy what we do and have a true team spirit and passion for our work. Most interns arrange specific schedules in accordance with the needs of their respective department and are required to be flexible to adjust to it. We do have very strong work ethics at Nomura and continuously strive to raise our standards.

Does Nomura offer any off cycle internship programs?

We offer various internship and other opportunities for students throughout the year. Please click on ‘Search & Apply’ button to view a full list of current opportunities.

How many summer interns are being recruited for the current year?

While we do have hiring targets, intern intake varies across divisions each year. We may hire more or less than the targeted number depending on the fit of the candidates each year.

How many full time conversions are made in each division after the summer program?

This varies across locations and divisions and depends on the performance of individual interns. Our summer intern program is a key pipeline for us as we rely predominately on intern conversion for our full time program hires.

Is the internship paid?

Yes, you will be paid during the internship. Our remuneration is competitive and is reviewed annually to ensure it remains competitive.

Application Process FAQs
Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for our summer internship in 2022, you must be in penultimate year of study (i.e. graduating no earlier than January 2023, and no later than July 2023).

When can I start applying for the 2022 internship opportunities?

Our system usually opens in July for applications. The application deadlines various for different divisions. Please refer to the respective job description.

Can I apply for internship/ graduate program in more than one division?

You can only apply for one program per recruitment cycle across all divisions and regions.

Can I apply for summer internship/ graduate program outside of Asia?

Yes, you can apply for programs in other regions. However, you can only apply for one program per recruitment cycle across all divisions and regions. Therefore it is important to understand which business area would best match your skill set and interests. We will expect you to be able to discuss your choice, and show both enthusiasm for, and knowledge of the role. If you are unsuccessful in an application, you are unable to reapply to that vacancy during the same application year.

I have applied before. Can I reapply?

Yes, you can reapply for our program however you will need to go through the selection and assessment process.

I haven't completed a previous internship, should I still apply?

Internships offer great exposure but any form of work experience demonstrates work ethics and time management so it should all be included in your resume. Nomura looks for well-rounded individuals and so, evidence of academic excellence, work experience and extra-curricular interests, all combined together to help in our assessment.

I have applied for a number of internships and would like to experience different firms. If I accept an internship with another bank, does that reduce my chances of working with Nomura?

Yes, if you wish to work for Nomura upon graduation we encourage you to intern with us. The majority of our full time roles are filled via internships.

Can I apply for an internship or graduate position via email or post?

We only accept online applications. Please visit us at www.nomura.com/careers/asia/students-and-graduates/

My degree is not finance related. Can I still apply?

While we do look for strong business acumen and a real interest in finance industry, it is not mandatory and we do accept applications from other disciplines.

How much financial knowledge experience is expected?

We expect our applicants to have a good general knowledge regarding what is happening in the financial markets around the world. Additionally, some divisions also look for strong understanding of economics.

I'm an overseas/ international student. Can I still apply?

For Hong Kong based internship, we will consider all qualified candidates, regardless of citizenship and visa status. For internships based in our Singapore and Sydney office, you must be a local citizen or permanent resident to apply.

What requirements and screening process are used during the selection process?

Shortlisted candidates undertake a structured selection process, which will include a combination of the following: phone and / or video interviews. Final round assessment may comprise of a combination of interviews, case study and written test. The process may vary between hiring divisions.

How can I stand out during the interview process?

It is important for you to thoroughly research our firm and industry sector. Ask questions and be honest in your answers. It is also beneficial to assess your own strengths and weaknesses. More importantly – Be yourself.

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Application Process

You will need to apply through our online application form. We will also ask you to upload a CV and cover letter. We accept applications from all degree disciplines - although you will need a minimum 2.1 degree (or equivalent). While your degree subject doesn't matter, you must be numerate, have an interest in finance and a desire to work in the investment banking industry.

Filling in the form

The application form is your chance to make a strong first impression. Before completing it, make sure that you:

  • Research the business area that you feel best corresponds to your skill set and interests, and your motivation for applying to this area.
  • Tailor your cover letter to Nomura. Be original.
  • Check your grammar and spelling carefully before you submit your application.
  • Have good examples of our core competencies, such as leadership, academic achievement, national and school-specific awards and work experience.

Once you have submitted your application, it will be reviewed by Campus Recruitment team and the business and, if you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a first round interview.

You will typically have 2 or 3 first round interviews with junior business representatives. Interviews are generally competency-based. Successful candidates will be shortlisted for further interviews with senior business representatives (Executive/Managing Director). Interviews may contain competency based questions but you should also expect technical questions and be prepared to explain your interests and motivations. Interviews may be conducted face to face or via telephone or video conference. You may also be interviewed in a language other than English, depending on the location and business you have applied for.

You should be prepared to answer questions relating to our competencies:

  • Trusted Partner
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Teamwork – Collaboration
  • Teamwork – Influence
  • Integrity
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Interview Tips

There is no need to be nervous at interview - we want you to do well and to show us your potential and what you can do. Preparation is essential and well prepared candidates are more confident, provide more thorough and focused answers and are therefore more likely to be successful.

Use our step by step guide to ensure you take the time to prepare wisely; the key is to ensure your preparation is carefully planned and focused.

Step 1 - Focus: structure and prepare

Preparing for, and being interviewed is similar to sitting an exam; you won’t have time to cover everything, instead you will need to identify the key points and focus on the relevant material.

Firstly, you should congratulate yourself in being selected for interview stage and have confidence in your ability. Then, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What will the interviewers want to know?
    • An interview is not an opportunity to divulge everything you know- instead you need to focus on what is relevant to the company and the position you’re applying for
    • To identify what is most relevant, you will need to fully understand the role, it’s requirements and the key skills and competencies required
  2. How are you going to sell yourself?
    • What is your unique selling point? I.e. what sets you apart from the competition?
    • How do you want the interviewers to remember you after the interview – what key points do you want them to recall?
  3. How will you be assessed?
    • You can’t start your preparation until you know what you are preparing for
    • Read the interview format thoroughly to identify how you will be assessed (i.e. Interviews, case study exercises, and tests). If you’re unsure – ask.
  4. What are the core competencies required for the role?
    • Your interview performance and ultimately if you are successful or not, will be dependent on how you perform against core competencies
    • Identify what are the key competencies required for the role and for the company
    • What examples do you have to demonstrate each competency? Have you considered examples outside academia (i.e. sports, music, drama, volunteering, charity, mentoring, societies or other extracurricular activities)
    • What achievements are you most proud of and why – which competency do they demonstrate?

Step 2 – Interview questions: types and examples

Interviewers will use a variety of questions to assess your ability against each competency. Ensure you are familiar with each type of question and how to structure your answers accordingly.

Types of interview questions may include:

  • Competency based questions
    • These require you to provide a real life example to explain how you behaved in a certain situation. Past behaviour is used as an indicator to assess potential future performance
    • Delivering a structured answer is crucial - research the STAR method to guide you
    • Top Tip: Ensure your examples are varied and recent (the more recent the past behaviour; the greater the indication of future ability)
  • Technical questions
    • Practice! There are many online resources or books available with practice questions
    • Questions may include basic accounting, valuation, brain teasers and mental arithmetic
    • Top tip: Brain teasers – the key is not the answer; it is the how you derive at the answer. The interviewer is assessing your ability to formulate a logical and methodical response
  • CV, cover letter and application questions
    • Ensure you have thoroughly re-read each document and identify any obvious questions
    • Top tip: Practice articulating your experience in a concise and structured manner out loud (it doesn’t always sound the same as when you practice in your head).
  • Industry related questions
    • Interviewers will assess your interest, understanding and industry knowledge
    • Top tip: Form an opinion – digest the information you read and form your own judgment. Use facts and statistics to back up your conclusions

Examples of interview questions

  1. Tell me about yourself

    This is one of the most popular interview questions. It allows the interviewer to assess how you react in an unstructured situation and you answer provides an insight to what you think is most important.

    Tip – focus on what will be of most interest to the interviewers. Ensure your answer is structured, brief and highlights your most important achievements. Follow up questions may include:

    • Why did you choose your place of study?
    • What courses have you most / least enjoyed and why?
    • Talk me through your internship experiences
    • What are you interests and hobbies (outside academic)?
    • What are the most important things to you in a job?
  2. Why banking?

    We look for people who have a strong interest in investment banking. Interview Questions will determine how motivated you are and your rationale behind your decisions.

    • Why do you want to work in investment banking?
    • What do you think an Analyst does on a typical day?
    • Why are you interested in this division?
    • Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
    • Explain the financial crisis
    • If I gave you a million dollars today, how would you invest your money?
    • Which business publications do you read and why?
  3. Why Nomura?

    We want to employ graduates who are passionate about joining Nomura and representing our brand.

    • Why do you want to work for Nomura?
    • What differentiates us from our competitors?
    • What is the share price of Nomura today?
    • What do you hope to get out of a job?
    • What other banks are you interviewing with?
  4. Why you?

    Your interviewer’s want to understand what sets you apart from the competition - sell yourself.

    • Why should we hire you?
    • What skills have you got that make you suited to the role?
    • What are your strengths/development areas?
    • What is your greatest achievement and why?
  5. General – competency questions

    Show us proof that you are the kind of graduate we are looking for. Give concrete examples from any aspect of your life that show where you have personally made a difference.

    • Tell me about a time when you were creative
    • Tell me about a time when you had to manage conflicting priorities
    • Tell me about when you have missed an important deadline
    • What has been your biggest failure, professional or personal - and what did you learn?
    • Describe an occasion when you have had difficulties working in a team
    • What is the biggest risk you have ever taken?
    • How would you deal with a difficult client that puts you under pressure?
    • If a client told you that they wanted to improve their portfolio performance in the next 12 months, what would you suggest as potential strategies

Step 3 - Research

There are a number of readily available resources to help you prepare. Make sure you fully utilise all resources available to you. These may include:

  • Online resources: Company website, press releases, annual reports, research publications, social media and online forums
  • School career services and recruitment events
  • Networks – academic Staff, alumni, peers, family and friends – even if they do not have a financial services background, they can help you practice questions

Step 4 – Your questions

An interview is a two way process. It is an opportunity for you to assess if the company, role and culture is right for you. You will be given time to ask questions at the end of the interview, so you should ensure you use this time wisely.

  • Plan questions to ask in advance - ensure they are relevant, well-thought-out and to the point
  • Show you’ve done your research and use the opportunity to demonstrate your interest

Step 5 – Plan the interview day

Preparing as much as possible in advance of your interview day will remove many of the inevitable nerves associated with the process.

  • Before the interview:
    • Dress professionally. Plan you outfit the day before and ensure you wear corporate attire
    • Be Punctual. Plan your route and account for delays in public transport
    • Aim to arrive 15 minutes before your interview start time. Contact us if problems arise and ensure you have noted the name and contact details of who to contact should this happen
    • Take a notebook, a pen (that works) and a calculator. Take a copy of your CV and application form
    • Remember: Be polite to everyone you meet, your interview begins as soon as you walk through the door of the building ore recent the past behaviour; the greater the indication of future ability)
  • During the Interview:
    • Ensure your mobile phone is turned off
    • Greet your interviewer(s) with a firm handshake. Remember their name(s)
    • Maintain eye contact with your interviewer(s) and be aware of your body language – sit upright, don’t fidget and smile!
    • Listen carefully to questions you are asked. If you are unclear about anything, ask for clarification
    • Be honest. Back up your answers with real examples. If you exaggerate or lie it will show up in pre-employment checks
    • Relax - whether you are successful or not, the interview is a valuable learning experience. Make sure you get something out of it.
    • Close the interview – thank your interviewer for their time. If you’ve enjoyed the experience and you look forward to hearing about the next steps – tell us
  • After your Interview:
    • Be responsive. Following the interview, go back to your recruiter and continue to build a relationship
    • If you are offered a position it is unprofessional to renege (to accept and then later decline). This could be the first impression you create in the industry - you never know what the future holds
  • If your interview is virtual:
    • Stay in a private room with minimal disturbance
    • Be aware of the background that interviewers may see
    • Position your camera at eye level and ensure sufficient lighting
    • Log in in advance and have a trial where possible
    • Have your mobile phone next to you in case there is technical issue
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