A quick dive into the corporate world
Over 100 students attended mock interviews with Credit Suisse facilitated by ELBA during the month of November. Universities included Queen Mary University, London Metropolitan University and new partner, University of Sunderland in London. Many of the students seemed anxious heading into the interview with the volunteers, but by the end they were increasingly confident of their own strengths and the areas which they could work on.
Engaging in face to face interactions with students to go over their CV proved to be an extremely useful learning experience for the students. Some quotes from students included: “It was amazing and very beneficial. It really gave an insight to what an interviewer may be thinking.” “It was very informative as I found out how to make my CV more concise.”
The volunteers were incredibly supportive and generous with their time and engagement with the students. They came from a range of job roles at Credit Suisse and were able to offer substantial insight into the finance and investment industry also helping to improve the student’s awareness of pathways into the sector. Volunteer feedback included: “Giving practical experience to students was good.” “The format was good and I liked very much the organisation approach.”
Also benefiting from the experience this year were students from Newham College (Project Search), an initiative that helps students with special needs undertake work experience and further support in finding paid work. Some of these students are currently working at Newham Hospital and Asda. The students were able to identify the overall importance of being able to communicate well, listen attentively and tailor their experience to the questions asked. For an experience that seemed daunting at first, turned out to be quite enjoyable in which they could truly showcase their skills and improve their interview techniques.
We would like to thank Credit Suisse for another round of successful interviews hosting another group of students and the volunteers for taking the time to speak with them.
Words by Tomi Babson