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Investment banking graduate careers advice at women-only events

How women can break into investment banking

There are plenty of events, schemes and internships that are designed to introduce high-achieving female undergraduates to careers in banking.

If you're a female student considering an investment banking career, it's worth taking advantage of the many insight events designed to help you explore your options and build your network. These programmes and events often get oversubscribed, so it’s advisable to apply early.

Advantages of attending events and insight programmes

  • You’ll have the chance to meet and talk to senior women working in investment banking.
  • You’ll gain a better understanding of the different career paths within investment banking and the skills required to succeed in the industry.
  • You’ll find out more about application processes and what banks look for in graduate recruits.
  • Events and insight programmes can give you lots to talk about in job interviews. If you’re asked to give examples of how you handled, or worked in, certain situations, you can discuss specific experiences you had when you were at skills sessions or on placement.
  • If you get a place on an insight programme, some banks will give you the opportunity to be fast-tracked to the first interview stage of their summer internship programmes.

TARGETjobs: First year Banking insights

TARGETjobs runs its own event for first-year female students considering a career in banking, which includes networking opportunities and the chance to hear from inspirational women in the banking sector. Find out more about First year Banking insights and pre-register for the next event.

Nomura: Women’s Immersion Programme

Nomura runs an annual two-week paid internship for high-achieving first- and second-year female students. The Women’s Immersion Programme sees students placed in one of the following business divisions: investment banking, global markets or corporate infrastructure.

The programme is open to female undergraduates in their first year of a three-year degree course, or second year of a four-year degree course. To apply for a 2020 programme, candidates should be graduating in 2022. Fluency in English is essential.

To find out more about Nomura, visit its TARGETjobs employer profile.

Commerzbank AG: Women in the City

Commerzbank holds an annual insight event for female undergraduates and recent female graduates who are keen to enter the world of investment banking. Applicants must have achieved, or be on track for, a 2.1 in a numerate subject (such as engineering, maths, physics, economics or computer science) and have a minimum of 320 UCAS points.

This event takes place in October and includes talks from senior women in the industry, opportunities to network with managers, and interactive sessions that are designed to give you an introduction to different areas of business.

MUFG: UK Female Insight Day

MUFG runs its careers event for second- and final-year female university students who are interested in working in corporate or investment banking. The event takes place in November and includes case studies, networking, panel discussions and presentations.

To find out more about MUFG, visit its TARGETjobs employer profile.

Goldman Sachs: women-only initiatives

Goldman Sachs runs several off-campus programmes to encourage women to engage with the business, including a women’s leadership camp and a pre-university course for female A Level students.

Goldman Sachs also holds a number of on-campus events aimed at women who are considering a future in investment banking. Previously, these have included skills building sessions and networking opportunities. For more information about Goldman Sachs, visit its TARGETjobs employer profile.

UBS: Women in Finance

UBS runs various networking events for female students, such as presentation evenings and dinners. Some of these require you to be on track for a 2.1 degree or attending a particular university (for example, UBS’ London networking and presentation evening in October 2019 was only open to students at certain London universities).

To find out more about UBS, visit its TARGETjobs employer profile.

RBS: Female Insight Weeks

It’s not just investment banks that are offering networking opportunities for female students. RBS (the Royal Bank of Scotland) runs female insight weeks that include an induction day, work shadowing and networking opportunities. These take place in April and September and, to attend in 2020, you’ll need to be graduating in 2022.

The week concludes with an assessment day involving a group discussion, interview and a written exercise. Those who are successful in this could be offered a place on RBS’ summer internship the following year.

Go to RBS’ employer profile on TARGETjobs to learn more about the bank.

The events, schemes and internships mentioned in this article may not be the only programmes available. Check other banks' TARGETjobs employer profiles and websites for more opportunities.

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