The myths relating to those elusive 2 year graduate schemes/programmes with typically large employers are many. One relates to timing and the whisper that if you haven’t got one by, say, January or February you’ve had it. They are all full. Come back next time. Sorry.
Three things tell more of the truth. Firstly each year many graduate scheme positions go unfilled. They really do. Over 25% of vacancies in some cases in some sectors. The affected companies will continue to look for suitable applicants to fill these gaps. Secondly if we look at a couple of sites that are very clear about application deadlines, Gradcracker and TARGETjobs, there are still vacancies being advertised with deadlines into April and May. Even beyond that.
Finally we get companies coming in to City to tell us! This week it was global IT firm CGI’s turn to bring good news in the form of around 16 brand new graduate positions on their Business Graduate Programme, specifically working within their Financial Services & Digital business unit. Basically the part of CGI that does work for big name finance companies amongst others. You’ll be the Service Delivery Managers supporting the delivery of a first class service to these clients. You don’t need a technical background but you do need a genuine interest in working in the technology sector. The roles have elements of both data analytics and project management as well as plenty of client contact. All degree backgrounds will be considered as well as a predicted 2:1 or above in your (first) degree and 240+ UCAS points. What’s equally as interesting is that they have a relatively short application process. One application form, a very short phone call, and an assessment centre. That’s it. They also still have technology and year long placements available as well. Read the full job advert here: Business Grad Advert 2016.
All industries have their common misconceptions, but none more so than finance. For many people, the concept of working in finance immediately brings to mind an image of The Wolf of Wall Street, with shady investment bankers screaming down the phone while their lackeys run around doing all the legwork. In reality, however, finance incorporates as wide a range of careers as any other trade, with each profession bringing their own distinct talents to the industry. Financial corporations therefore need to hire employees from a broad base of skill sets and backgrounds by necessity, even requiring those who might not immediately appear to lend the relevant experience.
What is an actuary?
If you would like to get some work experience in a bank, then look no further. Our own Santander branch at City are offering work experience of up to two weeks to City students who are interested in retail banking or the banking sector in general. The work experience does not have to be for 2 consecutive weeks, but can be scheduled round your studies. It is unpaid.
What would the 2 week Work Skills Programme offer me?
A chance to observe the daily duties of running a retail bank and to be involved in daily duties of running a retail bank. After the programme you will receive a certificate/reference letter congratulating you on completing your Work Skills programme.
If you are interested in the programme please contact Adam Cheyne at Santander City University Adam.Cheyne@santander.co.uk Ensure your email is professional. Explain why you are interested, what you hope to gain from the experience and outline the skills you could bring. Santander is located at E102, First Floor, Drysdale Building.
Don’t delay as this is on a first come, first served basis, but the opportunity is ongoing.
Please provide an overview of your career to date at J.P. Morgan.
I joined JP Morgan from another investment bank in December 2010 as a member of a Level 1 Operate team within Technology. While the role was similar to the role I had just left, I was attracted to it as it involved working closer with the business with less of a requirement for development and coding which I was trying to move away from. The role allowed me to continue to leverage my technical skill set while providing an opportunity for me to learn more about products across a range of asset classes and the associated system flows for which we were responsible. I spent two and a half years in the role and towards the latter part of my time in the team I was consciously getting involved in work of a more strategic nature and project focus. I then made an internal move to join a Middle Office Project Management team which I am still in today.
Describe your previous role and what motivated you to look for another role.
I had moved into my first role at JPM with the intention of learning more about the products and associated system workflows within banking. I never saw my long term future as being in Technology for the simple reason that I did not enjoy the technically hands-on coding and development aspects of the function and so I was pleasantly surprised when seeing the variety and scope of roles available within Technology, many of which did not require this hands-on element. The scope of the role gave me an appreciation of the end-to-end flow from trade execution through to settlement, clearing and the post trade services we offer to our clients and it was while learning about these operational and functional processes which drive the business that I knew I wanted to move into a role where I could be more involved in those areas.
What “top tips” would you give to someone thinking of changing roles / moving locations?
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:
– 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 Continue Reading