Meet the 2015 Goldman Sachs analyst class
It's not just Morgan Stanley: Goldman Sachs' new analysts are also at their desks around the world. As at Morgan Stanley, they are generally the sorts of exceptional human beings who make you wonder why you didn't achieve straight As whilst saving the world and playing professional violin.
Goldman Sachs is well known for hiring juniors and nurturing and keeping them right through their careers. Listed below are therefore some of the Goldman Sachs managing directors (MDs) of the future. These are also the sorts of people you're up against if you aspire to work at Goldman yourself one day.
1. Drayton D'Silva, an ex-Masters in Management Student from the London Business School
D'Silva is joining Goldman's investment research division in the macro commodities group in London. An Indian by birth, he previously spent nearly three years working for the United Nations in Mumbai.
2. Rahul Phakey, another ex-Masters in Management Student from the London Business School
London Business School's Master in Management (MiM) programme is comparatively new and is part of the new trend for Masters courses accessible to students who've just graduated from a bachelors degree and have little prior work experience.
It's interesting, therefore, that Goldman has hired at least two of this year's graduating MiM class. Rahul Phakey is joining the firm's London real estate investment banking team. He previously studied accounting, finance and management at the University of York, and graduated in the top 5% of the class.
3. Alissa Hew, LSE economics graduate
The London School of Economics (LSE) regularly tops lists of the universities banks most like to hire from. Alissa Hew studied economics at the LSE and was the vice president of events at the LSE finance society. She was a summer analyst at Goldman in 2014 and a spring intern at Barclays before that. Before coming to London for university, Hew was educated in Singapore. She's joining Goldman's securities business in London.
Michael Dunn Goekjian is joining Goldman's London-based credit sales strats team. A Cambridge University graduate, he was president of the Cambridge Union and has twice won the transatlantic debating championships. Before Cambridge. Dunn Goekjian was educated at Winchester College, one of the UK's top public schools.
5. Neehal Shah, economics and philosophy graduate from Southampton University
Southampton University may not rank as highly on banks' list of favourite schools as Cambridge and the LSE, but Shah is pretty special. He achieved 97% in his philosophy A Level exam and has an impressive list of internships and extracurricular activities. At Southampton he was marketing officer of the Futures in Finance Conference and ran Argentum Capital, a fund with '£1k' invested. He also co-founded a company for selling used kitchen utensils to students and designed an iPhone app that had 20,000 downloads. He interned at Goldman last summer and has also interned at hedge fund Armajaro Asset Management.
6. Rebecca Bibb, Oxford University engineering graduate
If there is such a thing as someone who's been focused on working for Goldman since they were 16, Rebecca Bibb is probably it. She participated in Goldman's UK 'A Levels' programme in 2012, returned as a summer analyst last year and is now returning as a full-time graduate hire in equity derivatives trading in London. She's also been a spring intern at Citi and at J.P. Morgan.
7. Nick Bartakovich, Queens University Ontario, finance graduate
Bartakovich is joining Goldman's New York-based investment banking division and will be working in the Financial Institutions Group (FIG). A graduate of Queen's University in Canada. he was an active member of Queens' trading committee, investment counsel and sports conference. He's been a summer analyst at Dundee Real Estate Management and at Macquarie Wealth. He joins Goldman after interning for the firm last summer.
8. Michael Moschella, North Eastern University, business administration accounting and finance graduate
Moschella is also joining Goldman's investment banking division in New York City. He spent six months interning at the firm in 2014 and previously interned at Piper Jaffray. Compared to some of Goldman's new recruits, Moschella seems reassuringly down to earth: he's also worked as a parking lot attendant and a cashier.