Goksu Karinca - Investment Bank

“What gives me that fire in my belly? It’s getting to dig deep into complex challenges and work on projects that have real-world impact.”

As an analyst, I work on modelling, valuing, and creating presentations for some of the world’s biggest corporations. It’s demanding, but equally as rewarding. We’re advising our clients on incredibly important matters – such as buying companies or selling their stakes in others.

After studying Law in Turkey and then at UCL, I did an internship at a boutique investment firm followed by a summer internship with the Barclays Investment Bank. One thing that always stood out to me was how Barclays gets results in a positive, collaborative way – it’s not about aggressively competing with your colleagues. So the sense of working as one connected team is really strong here.

I’ll be honest: it was a steep learning curve at first, especially in the fast-paced world of investment banking. But I never once felt like I’d been thrown in the deep end. I was shown how things were done, and people always checked in on how I was doing. It’s fair to say that I was embraced, supported and valued from the very start.

There are a few qualities that all of us share. You need to have the courage to accept your mistakes and then learn from them. We’re constantly exploring and delving into new things, so it’s also about sharing your thoughts and knowledge with others. Being proactive is another thing that goes a long way – thinking how to go above and beyond our clients’ expectations. It also takes a balance of both technical and social skills: we need to develop expertise on how to model and value a company, while also building trusted relationships with colleagues and clients alike.

What gives me that fire in my belly? It’s getting to dig deep into complex challenges and working on projects that have real-world impact. I love that there’s always something new to learn and new people to meet – you’ll never be twiddling your thumbs.