Sophie Rey

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What is your role at Bank of America?

I’m an analyst in the Industrials team in the Investment Banking division in London. Part of our job is to identify and value acquisition opportunities for our clients. Then we outline the processes they need to follow, and give them advice in case of negotiations.

Is working in an investment bank what you thought it would be?

It's a competitive environment but it's still friendly. I thought it was going to be really tough but it’s nothing like that. Not only do I get to work on big transactions, I’m encouraged to speak to my seniors, and I think of my peers as friends rather than colleagues.

What’s your team like?

I work with people who are incredibly focused and hardworking. Also, London’s one of the most multicultural cities in the world and my team reflects that. We’re a close-knit group with nationalities from all over the world who socialise together and have lots of fun, but we also check-in and help each other too.

Did you feel supported from the start?

Definitely. It's very clear where your career can progress within the bank and it all starts with a four-week training program in New York. All new joiners are invited, so while you’re learning about the technical aspects of your role, you’re also building a global network. Now, I can pick up the phone to an analyst in Australia, or the US, or France, or Hong Kong, and I have a connection with them that’s based on more than just work.

Would you recommend the graduate program to others?

Yes. I can already see the positive impact of my input and I feel that my work is appreciated. I get to work on transactions that have the potential to change a whole industry and attend meetings where my work gets presented to the CEOs of major organisations. I can’t think of any other industry where graduates get to have experiences like that, this early on.