Our People Meet Gülçin
Business Area: Private Banking and Wealth Management
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Joined Credit Suisse: August 2014
I grew up in Switzerland but spoke Turkish at home. I also speak a little French, a little English, and of course German. I am the only one in my family who works at a bank, so I didn’t have any banking experience before I started my apprenticeship.
I first learned about the Apprenticeship program through my high school when I was 15 years old. I spent a trial day at Credit Suisse, and was really inspired by the culture and the enthusiasm. Everyone seemed to have a connection with each other – and to be having fun. The culture emphasizes that we need to be ambitious and stay focused, but if we have a curiosity and joy for working, success is in reach.
I am now in my second year of a three-year program. I change teams every six months. I’m currently working with a team that provides banking and wealth management services to employees of Credit Suisse. I’m learning how to consult with the staff, process requests and prepare individual proposals. Every rotation is a little different and with each one you have a new set of goals. When I am finished, I will have done three rotations in client-facing businesses, and three rotations working behind the scenes in areas that support our client facing businesses.
I’ve learned that everyone contributes to our success. I know that the work I’m doing is having an impact today and the training I receive will enable me to have an impact in the future.
In a typical week, I go to school two days a week and spend the other days working at the bank. What I like best about this is that I am always learning and experiencing new things. One day I might be interacting with clients, and another day I might have to make a presentation. I’ve learned to step outside my comfort zone. It was quite a big step for me to take after school, but I have started to get into a rhythm of things.
Outside of work, I like to meet friends and to read when I have time, but I also like to try different activities. I’ve tried singing, tennis and, recently, dancing. My goal is to try as many new things as possible.