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Case Study: Olivia Smith

Personal details
Degree:Honours in International Relations Profile picture
School(s): School of International Relations
Year of Graduation:Jun-2013
National of: United States of America
Employment details
Organisation: Credit Suisse
Job title: Analyst
Occupational Sector: Financial services
What has been your route to getting your current position?
After my first year summer working in an IGO, I decided that I wanted to more of a corporate work environment. As I wasn't studying finance for my degree, I enrolled in finance classes the following summer. This the led to an internship in an investment bank the next summer.
What does your job involve ?
At a high level, my job involves valuing companies and putting together materials to present to companies on opportunities in the marketplace.
What are the best bits of your job ?
Everyday I am challenged and learn new things.
Why were you successful?
Initiative is the most important.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
The keys to success at St Andrews and a finance job are similar- an eagerness to learn and time management.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
The most important thing is early prep. Many finance jobs result from internships while at university.