Cleberton de Oliveira Reis
Current Employer/Organisation Name
Caixa Economica Federal
What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?
I left Exeter in September 23. After 2 months looking for an adequate position, I was promoted at the Investor Relations department at Caixa Economica Federal. It’s been a great experience, because I can employ concepts which I learned at the university, and also learn new concepts from a practical point of view.
Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?
I always believed that it is possible to blend study and work. My experience in Exeter contributed on a great extent to make it possible. I have been expanding my knowledge and skills by analysing the banking market and by being able to observe the strategic activities of one of the biggest Brazilian banks from the inside.
Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?
I used to be a member of the French society, which was a gret opportunity to practice French, and to get a deeper undertanding about the French culture. I also used to take part in many activities from the Student’s Guild, which were oppotunities to relax, have fun, make friends and absorb British Culture and experiences.
Were you part of the Exeter Student Ambassador Scheme at any point during your studies?
What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?
Lots of useful, new, interesting and challenging subjects. The lecturers are very well versed. Relevant guests also made presentations in order to share their practical experience with students.
What did you enjoy most about studying here?
The physical and technological structure on is really good. The Exeter community is very cooperative.
Why did you choose to study at Exeter?
Taking a full time Msc in the UK was a personal dream. When the opportunity came and I received positive answers from British Universities, I came to the conclusion that Exeter might be able to offer the best structure and academic experience as well.
What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?
English skills acquired in the UK were valued in Brazil. From an academic point of view, the most important skill at my current job was bank management: interpreting bank financial statements.
What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?
I did not pursue the highest salary when I left the university. My main goal was to work in a place which would provide me with the opportunity to deepen the knowledge and experience acquired at the university. In my country, employers really value experience from good UK universities and I was able to find a role which I enjoy performing for a fair salary. Other higher earning opportunities had been offered to me after leaving university, but I chose the one which could provide me with the most relevant experience for the future.
What are your plans for the future?
After a strong and relevant academic experience, I want to gain practical experience in order to be able to exert leadership and impact in the banking market in the future.