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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

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

  2. 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
  3. 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: • • Most B school postgraduate degrees are open to graduates from all disciplines.
  4. 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.
  5. 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: • • For more specific industries, look at what qualifications are widely respected, and check if they have an entry level certificate.
  6. 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: • • • If your questions relate closely to IB, then try Wall Street Oasis: •
  7. 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: • Wikijob: • Gradnav (IB focus): • Graduate-jobs: • Financegradsites (links portal):
  8. 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).
  9. 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: • Prospects: • CityJobs: • Inside Careers: