Investing in young professionals

We provide a wide range of attractive opportunities for young talents, students and graduates who are interested in pursuing a career at Credit Suisse. Junior hires receive specific training, mentoring and career advice, thus facilitating their transition to full-time employment. In 2021, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continued to host most of our spring and fall campus recruitment events in virtual formats, with no negative impact on our diversity pipeline. We remained connected with candidates, leveraging virtual technology to offer over 380 virtual candidate events. We also implemented a virtual summer internship program across most locations, maintaining the junior talent pipeline for the class of 2021.

Within our campus and early talent programs, we remain committed to promoting diversity across multiple areas, from social mobility to gender. In the UK, for example, the Steps to Success Scholarship program is now in its tenth intake and has grown over the years, offering additional opportunities for university scholarship funding for students from lower-income households. We continue to support diverse talent pipelines. New measures introduced in 2021 included the signing of the 10,000 Black Interns campaign in the UK, which will launch in summer 2022. In the US, the Steps to Success program engages with students from their first year of college through their sophomore year, and it focuses on exposure to careers in banking, professional development, mentorship and networking opportunities. In both the US and the UK, we also launched our apprenticeship programs in 2021. In the UK, the program targets school leavers and creates additional career routes across our Investment Bank and Wealth Management divisions and Corporate Functions, underpinned by training. In the US, the program was launched in close partnership with Careerwise in New York.

In Switzerland, the Diversity Internship Program ran for the fourth year and encouraged female candidates studying subjects outside of banking and finance to join Credit Suisse. To support the Vocational Education System in Switzerland, 197 apprentices and high school graduates were hired. Our campus efforts were recognized with a variety of awards, including the Poland EB Award, as well as the Top Employer award in Wroclaw and the RippleMatch Campus Forward Awards in the US.