Six Tips on How to Find a Graduate Job in the UK Financial Sector

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Tips on how to find a graduate job in the UK financial sector. Covering business schools, career focus, professional qualifications, graduate jobs websites, and competency interviews

Tips on how to find a graduate job in the UK financial sector. Covering business schools, career focus, professional qualifications, graduate jobs websites, and competency interviews

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  • 1. SIX TIPS ON HOW TO FIND A GRADUATE JOB IN THE UK FINANCIAL SECTOR http://financegradsites.blogspot.co.uk/p/main-page.html www.company.com
  • 2. Contents • Tip 1 – Consider Business School • Tip 2 – Pick a Career Focus • Tip 3 – Professional Qualifications • Tip 4 – Ask the Right Questions • Tip 5 – Graduate Jobs Websites • Tip 6 – Competency Interviews http://financegradsites.blogspot.co.uk/p/main-page.html www.company.com
  • 3. TIP 1 – Consider Business School • If you feel like your degree is not relevant to the financial world, or want to learn more about a specific topic, or want to stand out, consider a postgraduate business school degree. • The best way to determine the value of a B school degree is to look at the Financial Times Business School rankings: • http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/rankings • Most B school postgraduate degrees are open to graduates from all disciplines. http://financegradsites.blogspot.co.uk/p/main-page.html www.company.com
  • 4. TIP 2 – Pick a Career Focus • Working in IT is very different from working in research or trading; yet a single financial institution is likely to have graduate schemes in all fields. • A key step is to find a set of possible career paths that match your skills and background, and then focus on them. • Do not refrain from applying to a position because your degree does not match it; you might have other skills or traits fit for the position. http://financegradsites.blogspot.co.uk/p/main-page.html www.company.com
  • 5. TIP 3 – Professional Qualifications • Professional qualifications carry a lot of weight in the UK financial sector, and can really help secure a job. • For finance positions in general a very strong entry level qualification is the ICAEW CFAB: • http://www.icaew.com/en/qualifications-andprogrammes/cfab • For more specific industries, look at what qualifications are widely respected, and check if they have an entry level certificate. http://financegradsites.blogspot.co.uk/p/main-page.html www.company.com
  • 6. TIP 4 – Ask The Right Questions • When friends and family are not enough to answer career related questions, try asking your university careers services. • If that is not enough, try asking on graduate / student forums such as The Student Room, and Wikijob: • http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/ • http://www.wikijob.co.uk/forum • If your questions relate closely to IB, then try Wall Street Oasis: • http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/ http://financegradsites.blogspot.co.uk/p/main-page.html www.company.com
  • 7. TIP 5 – Graduate Jobs Websites • You cannot find a job unless you know about it. For the UK market, there are several good graduate jobs websites: • Milkround: http://www.milkround.com/ • Wikijob: http://www.wikijob.co.uk/ • Gradnav (IB focus): http://www.gradnav.com/ • Graduate-jobs: http://www.graduate-jobs.com/ • Financegradsites (links portal): http://financegradsites.blogspot.co.uk/p/mainpage.html http://financegradsites.blogspot.co.uk/p/main-page.html www.company.com
  • 8. TIP 6 – Competency Interviews • At least one point in the recruitment process of any UK financial institution, you will have to carry out a competency based interview. • A competency interview differs from a normal interview in that you are being scored against a set of standard metrics. • To perform well you need to understand what skills you are being tested against, and provide examples proving you possess such skills. • Prepare examples for the skills you will be certainly tested against (teamwork, leadership, adaptability). http://financegradsites.blogspot.co.uk/p/main-page.html www.company.com
  • 9. Thank you for your time • If you want to learn more about what the UK financial sector graduate scheme / job market has to offer, try visiting: • FGW: http://financegradsites.blogspot.co.uk/p/mainpage.html • Prospects: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/ • CityJobs: http://www.cityjobs.com/graduate • Inside Careers: http://www.cityjobs.com/graduate http://financegradsites.blogspot.co.uk/p/main-page.html www.company.com