I am now two months into my first year graduate scheme at Montagu Evans. It seemed like only yesterday that all the graduates were sitting in the reception introducing themselves and waiting for the induction session to begin.
Since then, a lot has happened! From networking events, to sporting events including football and softball, to a few pints at the various local pubs, life at Monty’s has been fast paced, exciting, and most of all welcoming.
I am currently in the valuation consultancy team, with a focus on secured lending. Although it took me a while to fully understand what that meant! In a nutshell, we provide advice to a variety of real estate lenders including UK clearing banks, European and Asian banks, specialist debt funds, insurers, pension funds and LPA receivers. Some notable clients are HSBC, Santander, AVIVA, UBS, Hermes and Bank of China.
The responsibility and exposure really is not something that is said by Monty’s to attract graduates, it is a genuine part of their teaching ethos to allow graduates to develop in the best possible manner. This was evident to me when I was tasked with preparing a report, on behalf of our clients, on a £50 million residential portfolio. Not only this, but I was then invited to come along to the meeting and present to the clients, in front of Monty’s partners, the findings from the report I had prepared. It really was a great experience and one that I do not believe I would have had anywhere else.
I’m excited for the months to come and the responsibilities that will surely follow. So far my time at Monty’s has been fantastic.
Alex Kountourides, Professional Services