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“To Bank or Not to Bank”, that is the question

For thousands of Finance, Economics & Business students out there, this is a no-brainer – “when I graduate I want to be an investment banker” must be the world`s most frequently expressed career ambition this decade, a bit different from my “I want to be a ballerina or a psychiatrist” indecision when I was growing up. With the economic crash and the fall of the Lehman Brothers in 2008, as well as with the media attention banking has received since – we`ve all seen the Wolf of Wall Street! – investment banking is becoming the holy grail of careers and the ultimate dream of most young Financiers.

Now, I know what you are thinking… I chose City & Cass precisely because it`s in the City of London therefore I want a career in the City… but take a look at these graduate career gems in Business/Finance that will make you question just how appealing those 24 hrs workdays at investment banks really are:

Wolf of Wall Street–          Lidl – yes, not the most attractive brand by student standards…. However, their Graduate Management Scheme pays a whopping £41,000 per year AND you get a car! And if that`s not enough to rock your boat, you will be given REAL responsibility from day one and will be dealing with everything from operations to people management

–          ASDA is looking at hiring 12,000 more people this year alone – talk about making it big! Plus, with a starting 24 holiday days per year + flexible working and opportunity to get more time off, it doesn`t sound bad at all!

–          Civil Service will make you an offer you cannot refuse to train and work in the Government Finance Department. Perks include – further accreditation & qualification, competitive salary, generous benefits & leave entitlement.

But if you are still quite keen to start your career within a bank, here are our top 3 tips for you to beat that competition:

  1. Brush up on those application writing skills & psychometric testing
  2. Practise interviewing techniques by booking a mock interview with one of our Careers Consultants
  3. Visit CareersHub to find vacancies and apply online

SO WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

With love from the Employer Liaison corner, Victoria.

Employer Engagement Team

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