We caught up with Bright Network member Sanjana following her graduation from Imperial in Engineering, to talk about her new role with J.P. Morgan and get her top tips for those looking to follow in her footsteps.
How did Bright Network help you land this role?
I studied engineering so I thought I had my career all mapped out - then I attended Bright Network Investment Banking where I first found out about Spring Weeks. I met representatives from top banks at the event and I ended up securing Spring Weeks with two of them.
Before that point, I hadn't thought about finance as a career - I'm glad I used the event to explore the options available to me.
Why did you choose this role with J.P. Morgan?
The Spring Weeks were a great opportunity for me to gain an insight into different career paths within the banking industry. Orientation sessions were especially helpful in highlighting areas in which I could build my career.
During this time, I became more interested in a career in finance as I discovered it allowed me to play to my strengths. I decided I wanted a role where I could use my analytical skills to support decision-making in a business. Given my background, finance seemed a perfect choice.
I applied for a summer internship with J.P. Morgan in their finance department and was successful. The internship was an extremely enjoyable experience; I found the people, culture and environment inspirational and had a great 10 weeks there. I was delighted to be offered a graduate position at the end of the programme.
Tell us about the application process.
First you complete an online application form with two long-form motivational questions followed by an assessment centre.
The assessment centre consisted of a case study in the morning, a group exercise and two competency-based interviews.
I actually enjoyed the day. From the moment I arrived, something clicked. I got on well with all the interviewers and the other candidates were really friendly. One of things I had learnt from my other experiences is that the culture at each firm is very different, and this was definitely a good sign.
What was the hardest part of the application process?
It is quite hard when you’re filling out an online form to know exactly what they’re assessing. I wanted to make sure my answers to the motivational questions were really strong, since it was clear this was an opportunity to differentiate myself from other candidates.
What was the most enjoyable part?
The case study was the best part. The language they used was very clear - even though I didn’t study finance I could follow everything. I really enjoyed the experience.
What three tips would you give to someone following in your footsteps?
Tip 1: Be genuine
Be who you are. Try not to let the pressure get to you too much. It is a two way process, where you also get an understanding of whether you would like to work at the firm – you’re going to be there for ten weeks.
Tip 2: Prepare well. You need robust answers
Make sure you have strong answers throughout the process and ample examples to highlight your skills. Expect to be questioned on any information you have given.
Tip 3: Proof and reproof!
It’s so important to pay attention to detail in your CV and cover letter – it’s easy to overlook minor errors. Try and get a second opinion before you submit it.