Tolulope applied for the Spring Internship Role with Macquarie with the help of the Bright Network website. She spared the time to have a chat with us about her spring week, and to pass on advice to other Bright Network members.
Why did you choose a spring week with Macquarie?
My desire to work for Macquarie stems primarily from the firm’s capacity to succeed. This was perfectly exemplified last year, when, despite the turbulent market conditions, Macquarie Group recorded an annual profit of $1.4 billion, which was a 60% increase on the previous corresponding period. I was further encouraged that Macquarie would be an ideal employer for me upon learning about their partnership with the East London Business Alliance, a firm focused on placing university graduates from disadvantaged East London backgrounds and communities. I feel strongly about helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and I respect a firm that gives that opportunity to graduates. I chose to work within the Investment Banking or Risk division as this would provide me with the opportunity to combine my avid interest in the financial markets with the application of my core abilities such as being very analytical and intellectually curious.
What was the toughest part of the application process? And your favourite part?
The video interview was the hardest part of the application as some of the questions were unexpected. However, my favourite part was explaining why I am so interested in working at Macquarie.
Were you surprised by anything in the process?
Yes, I was surprised when they had asked me what I would do if I received £100,000. I was able to explain about my start up idea.
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
To never stop looking for opportunities on Bright Network, to keep up to date with commercial awareness and to be persistent when applying.