A graduate who has previously worked in the military will join Credit Suisse’s ranks this year.
Ms Glover said the graduate’s time in the army has a lot to offer Credit Suisse: “Teamwork. Teamwork is very important. Leadership. Perhaps a different way of approaching things.”
Credit Suisse has previously hired an engineer who is now “very analytical and a fantastic trader” as well as a biomedical scientist who has excelled as a research analyst at the bank, according to Ms Glover.
Kevin Bhatt, who studied engineering and finance before joining Citi as an investment banking graduate last year, says Citi is on the hunt for graduates with unique backgrounds.
He says studying engineering taught him to approach problems in a methodical way.
“In investment banking…you get a lot of problems which require a structured approach. Those skills, while not directly linked, are very transferable. Having that structure and being able to construct that in problems that may not appear to be very straight forward.”
One of the graduates in Mr Bhatt’s cohort was a professional rower before he studied commerce.
“It’s great to see the skills he brings from a professional sport background. It obviously requires immense discipline and dedication, and also a lot of team work skills which are the key skills to be a successful investment banker ,” said Mr Bhatt.
A Citi intern started her own cryptocurrency fund before joining the bank.
“That level of entrepreneurship, I think, appeals to Citi a lot. Someone who takes initiative and has that motivation, and has financial aptitude as well,” said Mr Bhatt.
Although the banks aren’t imposing strict gender quotas to shore up the number of women entering the profession, attracting female graduates is a priority for the male-dominated profession.
“We don’t run based on a number, but we will always look for a diverse, well-balanced group of graduates that are going to come and join us, because that’s reflective of the clients that we deal with. It’s important to make sure that we have that diversity,” said Mr McAlpine.
Macquarie plays the long game by sponsoring women’s university societies and hosting events for female students, aiming to attract female students once they graduate.