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Insight: what our students say

Deutsche Börse Group’s best asset are its employees – they are the lifeblood of the company. Some of our professionals briefly introduce themselves and give an insight into the broad range of experience and know-how to be collected at Deutsche Börse.

Ixart Miquel Flores

Ixart Miquel Flores
Name: Ixart Miquel Flores
Born: 1985
Group company: Stoxx Ltd.
Department: Product Development
Location: Frankfurt/Main
Student assistant since: January 2014
University: Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
Degree/semester: MSC Master of Finance, 2nd Semester
Interests: Sports (cycling and swimming), friends, travelling, politics

Seven questions for Ixart Miguel Flores

Why did you decide to work for Deutsche Börse Group?

I wanted to gain work experience in such an international firm. Deutsche Börse is one of the largest exchange organisations worldwide. The Group has an integrated business model, which covers the entire process chain. That is interesting when you are a student as it might allow you to work in different areas within a company if you wish so, and therefore learn while you find what it is you like to do. The conditions for students are good, so if you want to work during your studies, this is an interesting opportunity. Finally, I thought that getting work experience here would mean a great step forward in my career.

Please describe your first working days at Deutsche Börse.

I was nervous but as soon as I met my supervisor and she introduced me to all the colleagues and staff of the department that vanished. I was quickly given an intern training document and also received my first tasks. The fact that another intern was in charge of welcoming me on the first days also helped.

What does your job entail?

Because of the general nature of the business and the well-known innovative character of Stoxx Ltd. my tasks are very diverse. I support index product developers during many stages of the process and for many kinds of projects or in their day-to-day work. That means managing and collecting data, market research such as competition and market analyses or creating presentations.

Which similarities are there between your job here and what you study?

On the one hand, many concepts and activities are very closely tied. On the other hand, a number of aspects are new or more detailed than what I have done in my studies. So the job has shown me other technical aspects that I should strengthen or learn in my studies.

Please describe the working environment at Deutsche Börse Group.

My working team is very friendly especially among the other interns. Nevertheless it is exciting and it has hints of competitiveness, which makes you improve your skills and requires attitude. I always feel that we are a team, we try to be autonomous regarding managing and completing tasks, time constraints, targets and, ultimately, responsibilities.
What surprised me are also the good relations with other interns in other departments. It’s always nice to get to know people with different backgrounds with whom you can share your experiences here.

What tips do you have for someone applying for a student job/internship at Deutsche Börse Group?

You should have a core understanding of financial markets, and be and feel suitable for the position. But above all, I think what is important is that you have to have and show a proactive willingness to learn, a strong will and dedication –that characterises a strong candidate in my opinion.

How do you think applicants can best prepare for their job interview?

First, inform yourself generally about Deutsche Börse: what is the business about. Then it is important that you know what they do in the department where you are going to have the interview: is there an interesting product, anything new you feel interested in, for example? Even something you might want to ask. Show an understanding of and commitment to financial markets. Be able to put this information into the context of the current financial situation.

Leroy Youssafi

Leroy Youssafi
Name: Leroy Youssafi
Born: 1993
Group company: Deutsche Börse AG
Department: Member Vendor Services & Admission
Location: Frankfurt am Main/Eschborn
Student assistant since: September 2013
Secondary school qualification: Fachhochschulreife (entrance qualification for universities of applied science)
University: Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Degree/semester: Economic Law, 2nd semester
Interests: Fitness studio, jogging, kickboxing, socialising

Six questions for Leroy Youssafi

Why did you decide to work for Deutsche Börse Group?

Because I had already completed a training programme at Deutsche Börse AG in office communication and also needed a part-time job to fund my studies, I decided to continue at Deutsche Börse. I applied for a department that I had been able to visit as a trainee and that had made a great impression on me: Member/Vendor Services & Admission.

Please describe your first working days at Deutsche Börse.

Very pleasant. I was welcomed with open arms by my old department and was integrated as a fully-fledged member of the team.

What does your job entail?

I mainly look after day-to-day business, which here in this department means admitting the individual companies to trading. I also work in customer service.

Are there similarities between your job here and what you study?

Off course! There are plenty of similarities in terms of Microsoft Office and I refresh my knowledge every day. I can also use the insights into the financial market that I gain here for my studies.

How would you describe the working environment at Deutsche Börse Group?

I would describe it as a pleasant atmosphere. The offices are brightly furnished, the glass facades ensure there is plenty of light. At my workstation, I can also change the height of the screen and adjust my chair ergonomically.

How do you think applicants can best prepare for their job interview?

They should find out more about the company and they should be able to work well in a team, speak confidently and have English language skills.

Christopher Kix

Christopher Kix
Name: Christopher Kix
Born: 1991
Group company: Eurex Clearing
Department: Executive Office
Location: Frankfurt am Main/Eschborn
Internship since: April 2014
Secondary school qualification: Abitur (entrance qualification for university)
University: Goethe University Frankfurt
Degree/semester: Economics, 5th semester
Interests: Sports
 

Five questions for Christopher Kix

Why did you decide to work for Deutsche Börse Group?

I chose Deutsche Börse because I wanted to gain a deep insight into all areas of the financial markets. I saw a great opportunity for personal development in its internship programme. Deutsche Börse offered me the perfect introduction to the financial sector.

Please describe your first working days at Deutsche Börse.

The first days of work were very exciting. My superior showed me around the department and different parts of the facilities and introduced me to my colleagues. I met a lot of people from other areas of the company through my department and made a lot of useful contacts. My work in the first few days largely consisted of reading the risk management policy in order to get a rough idea of the job.

What does your job entail?

My responsibilities are very varied. In my team, we analyse clearing members recording to several different criteria, since we, as the central counterparty (CCP), are subject to a variety of risks in the event of default. We also perform regular model validations in order to detect errors and to adapt the models to market changes. Risk management is very dynamic and adjustments constantly have to be made to databases and reports in order to maintain the correct picture of the risk situation. I program and update databases and develop reports for management using Excel and VBA. I also prepare presentations that go to the management and different bodies. There are also project-related matters, which means that the schedule is always pretty full.

How would you describe the working environment at Deutsche Börse Group?

The working environment is very positive and open. There is a professional and friendly atmosphere, with a lot of value placed on communication and teamwork. If you have questions you can ask anyone without any problems. Since my colleagues are generally very easy to get along with, working here is fun.

How do you think applicants can best prepare for their job interview?

The important thing is to have a sound knowledge of finance, an understanding of equity, fixed income and derivatives. And, you should be familiar with the Eurex business model and read up on the top Eurex products. Otherwise, you need to know your CV inside-out in preparation for questions and be able to explain your motivation. It is especially important to be interested in the capital markets and also to be able to give reasons for your interest.

Patricia Böttcher

Patrizia Böttcher
Name: Patricia Böttcher
Born: 1990
Group company: Deutsche Börse AG
Department: Corporate Responsibility, Art Collection
Location: Frankfurt am Main/Eschborn
Internship since: February 2014
Secondary school qualification: Allgemeine Hochschulreife (general entrance qualification for university)
University: Osnabrück University
Degree/semester: Bachelor of Arts; Master of Arts in Art History (2nd semester)
Interests: Travel, literature, sport

Seven questions for Patricia Böttcher

Why did you decide to work for Deutsche Börse Group?

I studied art history and economics as the core subjects of my bachelor's degree, so a corporate collection like Deutsche Börse's was perfect for me. I can combine the two aspects of my studies here – art history in the Art Collection and economics in relation to the Group as a global player.

Please describe your first working days at Deutsche Börse.

The first day started with an introduction to the Corporate Responsibility department. I met the team and had the chance to slowly start using the company's systems and programs. Then I began reading up on my areas of responsibility and getting to know the collection. I started to get an overview of the works with the help of a layout plan.

What does your job entail?

I am heavily involved in planning and carrying out the upcoming rehanging of all the art works – the offices also serve as exhibition spaces. I also help to organise the annual staff photo competition. My work overall is very varied and interesting due to the many exhibitions in the building and the enquiries we receive every day.

Which similarities are there between your job here and what you study?

My studies included an introduction to media art, so I have learnt the basics about art photography, but we didn't go as far into it as I am now able to do with the Art Collection Deutsche Börse. I get new impressions every day due to the many different artistic approaches the works of the collection. My degree course is much more theoretical in general than my work with the Art Collection.

How would you describe the working environment at Deutsche Börse Group?

The working environment is very harmonious and friendly. The Art Collection team is a small part of such a large corporate complex, so we work together with lots of different departments which enables me to collect new ideas.
The internship programme is very well organised, so I was able to get to know interns from other areas very quickly.

What tips do you have for someone applying for a student job/internship at Deutsche Börse Group?

The most important thing is to research the advertised position as well as you can. You should be open even at the application stage, and show your motivation and interest. It also helps to connect the advertised job to your own experience. Short and precise applications are usually preferred to long ones.

How do you think applicants can best prepare for their job interview?

It's important to learn about the Art Collection Deutsche Börse in advance, but also about the company itself. For example, why does a company like Deutsche Börse collect art? What is the focus of the collection? The “XL Photography” books on the Art Collection Deutsche Börse are very useful in preparing for the interview.

Eduardo Leon Rodriguez

Eduardo Léon Rodriguez
Name: Eduardo Leon Rodriguez
Born: 1991
Group company: Clearstream
Department: Quality & Knowledge Management & Security Verification
Location: Luxembourg
Internship since: February 2014
University: Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique et de Mathématiques Appliquées
Degree/semester: Master of Science in Computer Sciences / 6th semester
Interests: programming, travelling, reading

Seven questions for Eduardo Leon

Why did you decide to work for Deutsche Börse Group?

I decided to work for Deutsche Börse Group because I wanted to gain experience as a software developer in the financial sector. Also, it was important for me to work in a rewarding environment – I found both at Clearstream.

Please describe your first working days at Deutsche Börse.

At the beginning I was a little baffled with all the technologies that are used at Clearstream, e.g., the Citrix working environment.

What does your job entail?

My job involves the design and implementation of high quality software. I am responsible for providing my department with a good product in terms of reliability, performance and security.

Which similarities are there between your job here and what you study?

Pretty much everything, so I don’t have too many problems with the technical aspects of my job.

Please describe the working environment at Deutsche Börse Group.

I think that there’s a good sense of team spirit. You have all kinds of different people that are very valuable to the company. In general, they all have a good sense of humour which doesn’t mean they lack seriousness in any way. To summarise, I work with people who know what they are doing and who have a pragmatic and progressive approach to their work without ignoring away their human side.

What tips do you have for someone applying for a student job/internship at Deutsche Börse Group?

My best advice is to be open-minded. You have colleagues from all over the world that might not be related to your fields of study, which is great, because you get the opportunity not only to work for a top company but also to improve yourself as a professional and as a person.

How do you think applicants can best prepare for their job interview?

By knowing your CV, being honest and keeping it simple.

Martin Gaida

Martin Gaida
Name: Martin Gaida
Group company: Deutsche Börse AG
Department: Member Services & Admission
Location: Eschborn
University: University of Mainz
Degree /semester: Economics/1st semester
Student assistant since: October 2012
Interests: Sports, friends, computers

 

 

Five questions for Martin Gaida

Why did you decide to work as a student assistant at Deutsche Börse Group?

I had already done a traineeship/apprenticeship at Deutsche Börse before my studies and had a good overview of the various business areas and departments in a finance company. I am also interested in economics and think that Deutsche Börse Group is very interesting as a company.

Why, after successfully completing your traineeship as a clerk for office communication, did you decide to start studying Economics and to work as a student assistant at the Group?

The traineeship gave me insight into a financial company and I have become more and more interested in economics and economic activities. It was therefore natural to start as a student assistant at Deutsche Börse Group – where else would I be this close to the economy?

Describe your current role.

I look after companies and traders who are active on the stock exchange and help admit companies to the stock exchange. I work with programmes like SAP and the standard MS Office programmes every day.

What makes the Deutsche Börse Group an attractive employer?

On the one hand, the way people deal with each other and the interaction among colleagues. But also the opportunities for further training and the possibilities for promotion as well as its international character give the company its appeal.

Do you have helpful tips for a successful application?

You should find out about the company, be convincing by showing interest and commitment and just be yourself.

Tobias Lanfer

Tobias Lanfer
Name: Tobias Lanfer
Group company: Deutsche Börse AG
Department: Customer Technical Support, External Services
Location: Eschborn
University: Goethe University Frankfurt
Degree /semester: Economics/2nd semester
Student assistant since: May 2012
Interests: Passion for law and politics, badminton and chess

 

Five questions for Tobias Lanfer

Why did you decide to work as a student assistant at Deutsche Börse Group?

I’m glad that the question wasn't why did I decide to apply to Deutsche Börse. I ultimately accepted the job offer because I realised in the interview that both the responsibilities within the department as well as the entire environment simply stimulated a “desire for more“ and completely met my expectations.

How were your first days at work?

Exhausting but, more importantly, exciting. There were just so many new things, starting with meeting new colleagues, applying for access and authorisations and a mandatory tour through “The Cube“, the headquarters of the Group in Eschborn, and ending with an introduction to the most important computer programmes and areas of activity. A lot of new impressions that I first needed to digest.

Describe your current role.

Very diverse. You don't know in the morning what will happen that day because almost every area of activity is represented within the department, from product development and sales through to IT and billing. Most tasks occur spontaneously and plans can change quickly, mainly because our department has close customer contact.

Do you have helpful tips for a successful application?

Probably none that don't already appear in one of the numerous guides on applying for jobs! First and foremost, you should know your strengths and weaknesses as regards the position advertised and emphasise them accordingly. In general, the application, but the cover letter in particular, should have highlighted something that sets it apart from other applications – this could also be a snappy introduction. It goes without saying that there shouldn't be any typos or mistakes in wording or grammar. And of course, it should then be sent off. What are you waiting for?

How do you think applicants should prepare for their interview?

Obviously, you should have answers ready for typical standard questions and you should find out about the company, the responsibilities and, if possible, the department ahead of time. I think it is more important, however, to see an interview as an opportunity for both sides to get to know each other and not as an “interrogation“. This is the only way to find out whether the department, the responsibilities and the corporate culture are a good match for you. The motto is: just be yourself! Once a real conversation strikes up instead of answers to a standardised list of questions, you are usually on the right path. I wish you every success!

Stephen Gibbs

Stephen Gibbs
Name: Stephen Gibbs
Born: 1993
Group company: Clearstream International S.A.
Department: Policies & Regulatory Compliance
Location: Luxembourg
Internship/student since: February 2014
University: Nuremberg Institute of Technology Georg Simon Ohm
Degree/semester: International Business/ 4th semester
Interests: Sports, travelling, friends

Seven questions for Stephen Gibbs

Why did you decide to work for Deutsche Börse Group?

My decision was based on the fact that I was interested in getting to know one of the largest exchange organisations with its diverse financial activities and its international orientation. Another reason was that I was keen to collect more experience in the field of finance, especially from a practical point of view, and working for Deutsche Börse Group represented an excellent way to achieve this goal.

Please describe your first working days at the Group.

When I think back to my first days at Clearstream, I remember being integrated immediately on both a personal and professional level. On my first day I was welcomed and guided by a former intern, who helped me in the beginning with all the organisational things I needed and familiarised me with the customs of ‘The Square’, Clearstream’s headquarters in Luxembourg. After that my team took good care of me and provided me with an introduction to their work.

What does your job entail?

A big part of my responsibility is to assist the KYC (Know your Customer) review of new account opening applications to ensure that client documentation is in order and consistent. This includes for example the verification of the client’s identity and the sanctions screening of potential clients. The KYC policy of Deutsche Börse is important for a number of reasons. The procedure helps to prevent any irregularities and avoid risks and fraud in financial transactions with customers. In addition, I support the team in various compliance-related tasks, such as helping prepare compliance trainings.

Which similarities are there between your job here and what you study?

One similarity that directly comes to my mind is, for example, the international atmosphere that is present at work or in my studies. The multiple languages that are spoken are another parallel.

Please describe the working environment at Deutsche Börse Group.

The working atmosphere at Deutsche Börse Group is very pleasant and cooperative. There is good communication between the departments as well as the offices located in other countries. Furthermore, as an intern, I am impressed by the horizontal hierarchy thinking and the attitude towards support.

What tips do you have for someone applying for a student job/internship at Deutsche Börse Group?

You should not only think about whether you fit the company but, equally important, if the company fits you.

How do you think applicants can best prepare for their job interview?

You should try to find out an appropriate amount of information about the company and its activities. You should be able to formulate your strengths but, of course, also be aware of your weaknesses, and how you can overcome those. It will leave a positive impression if the interviewer not only interviews you, but you in return show your interest by asking questions. Another good tip is to be up to date with what is going on in the world of politics, economy and finance.