This summer, MRM has hosted an array of paid interns to help them gain experience in financial services and communications. Today we hear from Ismail Mohamed about his time in the business.
- Tell us about yourself. What are you studying at university?
I’m an enthusiastic and self-motivated Business Management and Economics student at the University of Westminster. I have previous work experience in constructing business processes, social media campaigns and web features.
- What was it that interested you about the MRM internship? What did you hope to gain from the experience? How did you find working remotely?
After completing an internship at WPP I wanted experience at a PR agency which specialised in financial services, as I hope to write my dissertation on the UK economy.
In addition, I wanted to gain practical skills which will build upon the theoretical elements taught on my degree. I also wanted to work alongside experts on projects which make a difference to their clients and gain professional networks.
I was already coming from a remote-working environment at my previous internship, so I coped with the concept of working from home well. I was helped into my work at MRM with one-to-one introductions, team meetings and client meetings which furthered my understanding of the firm. I was also assigned a buddy who helped me navigate my internship.
- What positives on a personal level have you taken from the internship?
I have gained more confidence during my time at MRM, knowing I have the ability to voice my opinion to experts in their fields. The internship enabled me to understand the significance of asking questions and building relationships with people.
- What financial tip or fact have you learned during your internship?
The best tip I learned was to invest rather than save, your money loses value each day due to inflation. I learnt this financial tip on my intro to financial service and investment with Megan Lloyd.
- What did you find most surprising about financial services during your time at MRM?
The aspect I found most surprising about financial services is how enormous its scope is and just how interconnected it is with everyday life. In addition, the vastness of how many different sectors utilise financial services.
- What is one tool/gadget/app you can’t do without for working/studying?
- What three things would you do if you were Prime Minister for the day?
- Invest more in the NHS
- Higher taxes for the wealthy
- Lower university tuition fees to £5,000 a year
- What is the one column or website that you read every day?
- What would you do if you received a windfall of £10,000?
I would invest in stocks.