I grew up in Athens, Greece. I spent four years at Athens University of Economics and Business where I studied Accounting and Finance. Last year I attended the MSc in International Finance course at HEC Paris. Prior to joining Credit Suisse as a full-time analyst, I interned at BNP Paribas Securities Services in Athens and Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking Division.
Today, I am working at the Financial Institutions Group (FIG) of the Investment Banking Division at Credit Suisse. Advising the management board of the top European banks is not an easy task…but it can be extremely interesting!
How did you get your job at Credit Suisse?
I attended a careers event at HEC Paris and decided to go to the presentation of Credit Suisse. After the presentation, I approached one of the bankers and asked him a few questions about the Investment Banking Division. As I was interested in the job role and felt the organisation was a good fit for me, I decided to apply for the summer internship in the Investment Banking Division in London. I had to take a numerical and verbal online test and after this process ended successfully, I was invited to the interview rounds. During my internship, my colleagues evaluated me and on the last day I was made an offer to work as a full-time analyst.
What was the application process like?
The application process begins with an online application on the Credit Suisse careers portal. I would advise that candidates take enough time to reply to questions and make sure to highlight their motivation and why they fit in the chosen position. If the application is successful, candidates are invited to take online verbal and numerical tests. My advice regarding the tests is to practise beforehand as much as you can. Then, if successful you will be called for the first round of interviews. Then follows the final round of interviews, including a case study.
In general, interviewers are friendly but they will want to see that you have good technical skills, the ability to communicate your ideas and the ability to react professionally under pressure.
Is it a 9-5 job?
Definitely not! The hours in the Investment Banking Division can be quite long, but the job never gets boring!
What are your main duties?
I am responsible for preparing client presentations and conducting analyses on the valuation and capital of financial institutions. I work with different members of the FIG team depending on the project or client pitch we are preparing. My team comprises of one senior managing director, a vice president, an associate and I am the junior member, the analyst. This structure is helpful, as I have a lot of responsibilities from day one and I am learning a lot from the more experienced members of the team.
The clients of the FIG include banks, insurance companies and asset managers. In the current regulatory environment, our clients need to rethink their strategy in order to retain more capital and be profitable. The team is providing solutions to the clients in terms of growth through acquisitions, equity issues or debt issues.
Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to get into the industry?
Investment banking is all about the technical skills and the relationships with people. Make sure you have the rigorous analytical skills required for the role and network in and out of university. By talking to people currently working in the industry you will get a good idea of what the analyst role entails, and you will also get the chance to be more visible during the application process.