An Insider’s Story – Investment Banking

I joined Credit Suisse in 2006, after graduating with a First Class Honours in BSc Economics from the London School of Economics. Within Credit Suisse, I work in the Financial Institutions Group of the Investment Banking Division, and currently hold the title of Senior Associate.

As an investment banker within this industry team, my job entails providing holistic corporate advice to a range of financial institutions (e.g. banks, insurers, asset managers, etc.) across the globe. This includes, but not limited to, advice on mergers/acquisitions, as well as considerations with regards to equity and debt capital markets. Many of my clients are household names which the general public rely upon on a day-to-day basis.

I got my job via applying for the graduate scheme whilst entering my final year of university. I was fortunate enough to be offered the role of an analyst starting in 2006 (after having gone through an intense interview process!). Some of my other colleagues had done previous internships at Credit Suisse – this is becoming increasingly important, as it gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your skills.

One of the key requirements for securing my role, was having a strong academic background, as this was testament to me being a strong performer versus my peers. Additionally, one needs strong interpersonal skills (as the job requires contact with clients daily), as well as the ability to work independently.

The main attributes of my job that I enjoy are:

The thing that most surprised me about the job is how political investment banking can be.