J.P. Morgan's 2015 graduate hires are now in situ in London. Based on our random sample listed below, it looks a lot like the bank has a type: juniors at J.P. Morgan in Europe need to have excellent academics. It helps to be privately educated and to have a long list of previous internships. Unusual extracurricular activities won't go amiss either.
Yu is joining J.P. Morgan's technology, media and telecoms (TMT) team in London. If you're looking for academic exceptionalism, he's your man: Yu has a first class economics degree, four A*s at A level, and 13 A*s and 1 A at GCSE. He's also interned at J.P. Morgan, Hampton Court Capital, RBS, HSBC, PWC and Barclays. He's a privately educated (Eastbourne College) classical musician who once founded a society for 'Defunct Economists.'
Chua is also joining J.P.M from University College London (UCL). A Singaporean by birth, he spent two years working in intelligence with the Singaporean armed forces before attending university in the UK. He interned at J.P. Morgan last year and has completed a spring internship at Deloitte. Chua is joining J.P. Morgan's UK consumer retail and healthcare team. Chua was predicted to get a 1st class degree (it's not clear whether he did).
Like Yu, Hutchings is privately educated (Tonbridge School). Like Yu, he has a first class degree.
Unlike Yu, Hutchings graduated in philosophy, politics and economics from York University. He has two A*s and two As at A level. He's interned at Brewin Dolphin, GE Capital, and Kleinwort Benson. And he's been an officer cadet in the Royal Air Force.
Like Yu and Hutchings, O'Riordan is privately educated with exceptional academics. Before studying economics at Cambridge, she spent two years at Westminster School (four A*s at A Level) and nine years at Putney High School (11 A*s at GCSE). She's interned twice at J.P. Morgan and once at Credit Suisse, had a month's experience work shadowing the chief economist at William Blair & Company, and a month shadowing an FX trader at Onyx financial advisers. She was a young leader at the brownie group in Putney for two years. O'Riordan is joining J.P.M as an analyst on the rates derivatives desk.
A mathematician from Warwick University, Rose wasn't privately educated and doesn't have a long list of banking internships behind him. He did achieve 3A*s at A level, he did intern at J.P. Morgan last summer and he has won a prize for academic achievement. He spent two years working part time for Sainsbury's, a UK supermarket.
Yanjung Deng is very good at judo. He was the judo captain and Warwick University and won a gold medal in the UK's largest judo tournament. He's also a marathon runner, an economics graduate, and a former lieutenant in the Singapore armed forces. He's joining J.P. Morgan's Asian cash equity sales team after interning with the bank last summer.
An Oxford University graduate with a 1st class degree in modern British and European history, Chaplin achieved 4A*s at A level and 12 A*s at GCSE whilst at Eton College. He interned at J.P. Morgan last year and has been an intern at Barclays Wealth. At one point Chaplin seems to have toyed with a career as a barrister - he also spent a month shadowing a QC in 2010.
(Photo credit: Juan Salmoral)