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Morgan Stanley Institutional Securities Spring Insight Cover Letter

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Some first bits on the logistics

    • Who’s the lucky company?
      Morgan Stanley

 

    • For which division at Morgan Stanley?
      Institutional Securities

 

    • And for which office?
      London

 

    • Which year was this Morgan Stanley application?
      2016

 

    • What’s the formal title of the position you applied for?
      2018 Institutional Securities Spring Insight

 

    • How were you informed of the subsequent Morgan Stanley interviews?
      Notification from the application portal

 

    • How long roughly did it take for you to hear back about your offer?
      2 months

 

    • Via what means did you hear back about this outcome?
      Email

 

    • Is there anything you wish you should have known or prepared for prior to applying to Morgan Stanley?
      Read through the guidelines on their website

 

    • Overall out of 10, how would you evaluate your experience with Morgan Stanley?
      7

 

  • Before you go, is there anything else you think will help other candidates get the offer at Morgan Stanley like you did?
    Make sure you prepare for the interview and are able to articulate why the bank and division

Cover Letter

Morgan Stanley Campus Recruitment

20 Bank Street

Canary Wharf
E14 4AD

Dear Morgan Stanley Campus Recruitment Team,

I am writing to apply for a position on your 2018 Institutional Securities Spring Insight Programme. I am currently in the second year of an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford.

Morgan Stanley’s core values of a client first culture and focus on “doing the right thing” greatly appeals to me. The success of this approach is apparent in your bank’s robust risk metrics with the strongest Common Equity Tier 1 Ratio amongst its peers. In a world where markets are becoming progressively interconnected Morgan Stanley has positioned itself to succeed as a truly global bank. With offices in more than 42 countries your bank has unique insights and diverse perspectives into markets that can address the increasingly global needs of your clients. In terms of financial success, Morgan Stanley is clearly ahead of the pack with a wallet share topping 20% and ranking first for the third year in a row across its Equities Sales and Trading business.

Trading my own personal account for several years has given me some insights into the dynamic and complex workings of the financial markets. I enjoy both the creative freedom in generating trading ideas and the objectivity in assessing realistic risk adjusted returns. An internship on the trading floor at DBS Bank this summer exposed me to the high level impact of market makers in a professional setting. There are few careers where one is able to assist large multinationals with their hedging, investing and liquidity needs on such a significant scale. I am very impressed with the skills and competencies needed to interpret the vast amount and constant stream of data across numerous markets. This fast and ever evolving industry requires continuous innovation and a high level of skill mastery – both qualities that I aspire for in a career.

The academic rigour of my science degree provides me with the skills to be analytically astute. Writing essays on a weekly basis has taught me to efficiently distill large amounts of data, connect the dots and get to the crux of an issue. Multiple internships with financial institutions and experience in the military have equipped me with the discipline and agility to deal with time pressure and challenging demands. At university my leadership role in CapitOx, a student run finance society, requires me to be responsible for organizing speaker events, stock-pitching competitions, and skills workshops for the student body at Oxford. Recently, I was part of a team that represented Oxford in the finals of Point72’s Global Case Competition in New York. Whilst I learnt technical skills in equity analysis my greatest takeaway was about teamwork and that it requires trust, respect and humility in order to collaborate effectively and to fully leverage our respective strengths. This is what made our achievement all the more gratifying.

I am very keen to learn and to constantly push myself and am confident I can add value to your team.

Thank you for considering my application and I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

<Name Redacted>

About the author

Mai Le

Mai worked for Goldman Sachs in London for many years as an investment banking associate.
When she was at LSE, her seniors used to pass her notes of their interviews as well as their cover letters, which helped her tremendously in her job search. This site is a way for her to pay it forward, obtaining qualified materials from her friends and contributors, and building a similar community to pass the resources on to you.

By Mai Le
Cover letters and detailed interview experience from successful candidates

Mai Le

Mai worked for Goldman Sachs in London for many years as an investment banking associate.
When she was at LSE, her seniors used to pass her notes of their interviews as well as their cover letters, which helped her tremendously in her job search. This site is a way for her to pay it forward, obtaining qualified materials from her friends and contributors, and building a similar community to pass the resources on to you.

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