Ene recently took part in a Spring Week with Goldman Sachs after hearing about it through a Bright Network email. We caught up with her to ask about her experiences.
Why did you choose a Spring Week at Goldman Sachs?
I attended a Goldman Sachs networking event at Aston University. I met with analysts and received introductory knowledge on what operations does and what it is like to work for the firm. Intrigued, I did further research into the division and decided to apply for the Spring Week to gain first hand and unique experience in one of the world's leading Investment Banks. I'm glad I chose this division because the Spring Week showed me everything that the role entailed that I wouldn't have known had I not taken part in this experience.
What was the toughest part of the application process? And your favourite part?
I'd say the toughest part of the application process was the video interview. No matter how many I take, I just can't get used to them! Though for this interview I ensured had enough practice by pre-recording myself on my laptop first to see what I could improve for the actual interview. The internship itself was definitely my favourite part. I surprised how the firm were more focused on the actual individual than how much financial knowledge they knew. Especially as I was not coming from a financial background.
Were you surprised by anything in the process?
I was surprised by how smooth the application process was. No numerical/situational judgement tests, and no assessment centre either compared to other banks which was a huge plus. The application process was very quick - HR kept in touch through each stage of the process.
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
Just go for it - don't doubt/overthink it.
Be dedicated and give it your all in that application.
Have someone proof read your applications.