Abigail studies Biomedicine at the University of Oxford. She recently secured an Analyst role at investment banking firm Gleacher Shacklock, so we caught up with her to hear about her experiences and to get her top tips for other applicants.
Choosing investment banking
I became interested in the industry after a friend of mine did an internship and it sounded really interesting. After hearing about it from her I started attending investment banking talks and found it fascinating.
I eventually chose Gleacher Shacklock, because I had heard about its friendly culture from friends and that was a very important factor for me.
A unique application process
The process I took was quite unique, as I applied through Bright Network and am so thankful that I did. I didn’t have to write a cover letter and there were no tests or technical questions. Instead I had to write an essay on the Scottish Independence referendum and the economic consequences that would follow on from a decision either way.
Following this was a telephone interview with Sarah from the Bright Network team, which I really enjoyed as it was a more informal chat that focused on my particular competencies and why I had chosen Gleacher Shacklock.
I was then invited to an evening event hosted by Bright Network at the Gleacher Shacklock offices. This involved a presentation as well as drinks and networking.
After getting through that stage I was invited to an assessment centre. The day was split into three parts: a personal interview, a technical interview and a group exercise.
The group exercise was the part I found hardest as it was a wide-ranging task requiring a fair amount knowledge. It was completely different to other assessment centres; Gleacher Shacklock not only tested our teamwork skills but our technical knowledge too.
Preparation is key
The Bright Network Investment Banking event was a great chance to meet top banks and get advice for my application. I also attended as many company presentations as possible at my university to help me understand the industry and the firms themselves.
I also attended Insight Days in their London offices, where I was able to shadow people. All the employees I met were so helpful and gave me some really useful websites to help me develop my understanding of the industry.
Perhaps my favourite part was the evening event in London, which gave me the chance to meet other members of the team and learn more about the company.