Want a career in banking, financial services and investments?

To work in banking, you need to thrive in an often high stress, fast paced, ever-changing environment. Success in financial services and investments demands a highly motivated and confident personality, being able to form independent views and to defend them eloquently.

Still think it could be the career for you? We’ve compiled the best advice from banking professionals to bring you these top five tips on how to make it in the industry:

  1. Whatever your degree background, the most important thing is to show dedication to the profession. Always be ready to learn, committed and passionate about the markets.
  2. Start early. Banking is extremely competitive, so to get your foot in the door, it’s a good idea to attend networking events and presentations from companies on campus. Take a look at events to see what’s happening near you.
  3. Gain as much experience as possible. Internships not only give you the opportunity to network and build relationships within the industry, they also help you build your understanding of the job and where you might best fit in. Take a look at current banking internships available on our website.
  4. Do your research. At networking events don’t be shy about asking questions from professionals. Ensure you know how banks work as well as the difference between roles, to help you focus your efforts. Understand industry terminology by taking a look at our Banking Glossary. Keeping up to date with financial news, both through our news feed and publications such as the Financial Times will be invaluable in interviews.
  5. Consider other options. Front room jobs such as becoming a business analyst or trader are particularly competitive, with far more top graduates applying every year than there are jobs for. However, many middle and back room jobs in IT, administration and compliance can be a great way into a company, allowing you to move to your ultimate goal once you’re established within the business. Find out more about different roles in banking.

Now take a look at what the banking professionals have to say themselves…

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