We recently caught up with Lucy Ellis-Keeler, a final year Philosophy undergraduate at Bristol, to hear about her experience as a Compliance Summer Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Hear all about how Lucy found the application process and her top three tips for other Bright Network members below.
Why did you choose this firm and this role?
I chose to work at Bank of America due to their fantastic reputation as a global company with a wide range of opportunities and an inclusive culture. I chose to work in Compliance due to the analytical side of the role, which matched well with my Philosophy degree.
What was the toughest part of the application process and what was your favourite part?
The toughest part of the application process was the assessment centre. It was intense and I found the group activity especially challenging due to the intense competitive environment and mix of personalities. In spite of this, I learnt so much about myself from the process, so retrospectively it was also the most valuable part of the application.
Were you surprised by anything in the process?
My research, as aided by Bright Network, meant that I was a lot more informed and prepared than I had realised. I was surprised by how confident I felt as I approached the interviews, as a result of my preparation.
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
Be confident, do your research on the role, sector and company and, finally, be yourself!
What's your lucky charm or pre-interview ritual?
Failure to prepare is preparing to fail!