We recently caught up with Serge-Raymond when he came into Bright Network HQ to tell us all about landing an Internship with Credit Suisse. Find out more about Serge-Raymond's experience and top tips below.
Why did you choose Credit Suisse?
Credit Suisse was one of the banks which really made an effort to engage students from a young age. I really got involved with them when I decided I wanted to apply for their scholarship programme. During the entire process, I met a lot of amazing, and most importantly relatable, people which I really valued. Even though I was ultimately unsuccessful, I was offered a place on their spring week where I ended up learning a lot and meeting even more people. I was fortunately offered a summer internship from that which I was very happy with.
Why were you interested in this role?
When I first began to seriously think about what I want to do in the future, from what I knew about banking, I thought it could be a very good fit for me - so I made an effort to explore the industry through numerous insight days and spring weeks. I am drawn to the idea of solving complicated problems in a team of bright and supportive people, and I think the summer internship will be great for that.
What did the application process involve? Did you have a favourite and least favourite part?
At the end of the spring week, there was an assessment centre. It consisted of numerous competency-based interviews and a group assessment. Personally, I really enjoyed the group assessment because, while it was ultimately competitive, it brought out the best ideas from the whole group and we ended up working together really well. My least favourite part was probably the individual case study, just because I had never done anything like that before and I struggled a bit. However, as it went on, I was able to make more sense of the task and think through the problem more clearly - I look forward to seeing how I perform in such case studies in the future!
What top three tips would you give to other students looking to follow in your footsteps?
1. My main tip would be to prepare. The best way to maximise your chances of success is to prepare - this includes researching current affairs and technical elements.
2. My second tip would be to meet as many people as you can. The value of making new relationships and getting fresh perspectives cannot be overstated.
3. My third tip would be to come in with an open mind and be flexible - there are so many areas of banking and the one which is right for you may be one you never even considered or heard of.
Do you have a pre-interview ritual or lucky charm?
I always remind myself that the worst outcome is a rejection and that the opportunity just may not be right for you.