The IE Financial Services Talent Forum, organized by IE Talent & Careers, brought together IE students from all programs, including bachelor candidates from IEU and master’s candidates from diverse IE schools, for 2 days of company presentations, application insights sessions and plenty of hopefully fruitful networking opportunities.
Without a single empty seat in IE’s Madrid Campus Aula Magna, Cognitive Corporate Finance kick-started the event and was followed by S&P Global, Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, PJT Partners, and Citi. Current Analysts, Associates and HR Managers from diverse divisions -many of them IE Alumni- offered an overview of their institution, showcased their work, and highlighted the different career opportunities worldwide and their respective selection processes. Each presentation was followed by a Q&A which students used to further understand what each company was looking for, as well as the current trends in the industry. The panels were followed by a casual and friendly networking session which was an incredible opportunity for interaction.
On day 2, the Inter-American Development Bank, Alantra and Copernicus presented and networked with IE students, as well as Monex Europe and The Analyst Research that joined the Networking Hub. Meanwhile, IE Undergraduate students welcomed Goldman Sachs to Campus for the first time. Goldman Sachs HR Representative presented application recommendations, accompanied by Anna Graf, current IE BBA and recent Summer Analyst at Goldman Sachs, London headquarters. During the highly motivational session Goldman Sachs’ representatives walked the attendees through the application process and answered a huge variety of questions ranging from Goldman Sachs’ use of Hirevue (an AI behavioral analytics and interview software) to the traditional “Why Goldman Sachs?”
According to Anna, Goldman Sachs is all about people who surrounds you, the ones who you will learn from and with. The highlight of the event was debunking the myth that in order to secure an internship in one of the world’s top investment banks you are supposed to fit into a certain profile, study an allowed range of subjects and walk and talk in some specific way. “It is all about you.” This fits in the general trend of investment banks looking to diversify the new hires, since people with the diversity of experiences will certainly bring the diverse range of ideas and solutions which are now more necessary than ever before.
This event kicked off the season for financial firm recruitment, and was followed by campus company presentations by BAML, Credit Suisse, Societé Generale among others.
BBA International Students at IE University