Joining as an Analyst
Each year, DC Advisory aims to recruit eight to ten graduates to join our Analyst programme the following August. We also look for to place four to six summer Interns.
Our graduates join in mid-August and immediately start a comprehensive corporate finance course which is designed to provide a solid foundation of skills. The three-week offsite training programme covers technical and interpersonal skills. They are also joined by graduates from our European offices.
At the end of the course, Analysts will join their teams and will be involved immediately in live deal processes.
Analysts are exposed to a variety of sectors and product areas while working in small, focussed teams. Our flat structure means Analysts contribute from day one and strong performers progress rapidly.
I was thrown into a project on my first day – I had about an hour to read through the materials, and then went straight to work.
Joining as an Intern
Our Interns join us in late June and spend ten weeks with the business. Interns work with one team for the duration of the internship and will be involved in the team’s current work flow. This can mean immediately being staffed on a live deal. At the end of the internship, we look to make offers to successful Interns to come back as graduate Analysts in the next year.
Do your homework: understand DC as a business, how the debt and M&A sides really complement one another - it will show in your application.
What we look for
We are looking for highly motivated individuals who will thrive in a demanding and exciting environment. You should have strong interpersonal skills and excellent academics; good A Levels, or equivalent, and at least a 2:1 degree in any academic discipline.
You do not need a background in finance or to have had an internship in investment banking. We are looking for people with commercial acumen, business awareness and a real interest in working in M&A. You should, however, be ready to be challenged on your understanding of M&A and valuation theory during the interview process.
I would advise researching the industry and the job well before applying, as it requires a high level of commitment.
Key dates and process
Applications open in September each year for both Analyst and Intern positions.
Our recruitment partner, Dartmouth Partners, will conduct telephone and face-to-face interviews.
You will also complete verbal and numerical online tests as part of your application.
Interviews are designed to find out more about you, your knowledge and interest in DC Advisory and your understanding of M&A theory.
Show your passion in the interview. You might not know everything or be perfect from a technical perspective, but show that you are ready to learn.
Are you a female candidate wondering about working in corporate finance? Do you want to:
- Find out about day-to-day life at DC Advisory?
- Learn about the benefits of a mid-market firm?
- Hear about our corporate finance graduate scheme?
For our third year, we are hosting our hand crafted and bespoke Women’s Workshop, which aims to deliver more than just the generic corporate finance introduction. Join us to break down the barriers of intimidating interview processes, but also to gain practical exposure to the types of tasks you would take on as a graduate Analyst.
Watch this space for details on the 2020 event.
I would encourage grads to attend the Women's Workshop if they can, as I found it really valuable. Research is helpful but nothing beats meeting people and learning more about the culture.
Assessment days can sound daunting. They are designed to be challenging – we try to test the best candidates in the market.
On the day you can expect two interviews, each lasting around 40 minutes. One will be quite general and the other more technical. You will also have a case study to work on during the day, designed to test your awareness of basic technical concepts but also your commercial acumen and you will be questioned on your case study during the technical interview.
We aim and make offers to successful candidates within a few days following the assessment day.
I would advise any applicant to take the application process seriously – I expected it to be more informal but it is a very set-up process.
Applications for our 2021 intake will be available in September 2020.
For more information regarding the 2020 UK graduate recruitment process, click here >
We wish you the very best in your application process.
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