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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 investment banking. Here’s a snapshot of a few.

TARGETjobs Events and HSBC: Women in Investment Banking

In October 2016, TARGETjobs Events will team up with HSBC to hold our annual Women in Investment Banking careers event, giving female university students the chance to mingle with senior and junior investment banking professionals to find out more about careers in the industry.

The day-long event has previously included networking opportunities, skills sessions, talks from female high-fliers such as Jane Karczewski (managing director at Citigroup), and panel Q&As, where senior female investment banking executives from companies such as Macquarie Capital, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Citi and Mitsubishi answered attendees’ questions. You can expect more of the same useful stuff this year.

Attending this year’s event will:

  • give you the chance to network with representatives from several investment banks and students who are also interested in a career in investment banking
  • answer your questions about investment banking and a career in the industry
  • clarify what qualifications, experience, skills and qualities recruiters are looking for in investment banking graduate recruits
  • increase your commercial awareness and understanding of the recruitment process

Women in Investment Banking is open to first- and second-year female university students undertaking a numerate degree, such as mathematics, economics or finance.

Click here for more information about the 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 takes place during Easter and will see students placed in one of the following business divisions: investment banking, global markets or corporate infrastructure.

The Women’s Immersion 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 find out more about Nomura, visit their TARGETjobs employer hub.

Goldman Sachs: women-only initiatives

Goldman Sachs runs several off-campus programmes to encourage women to engage with the business, including women’s leadership camps and summits for undergraduate and MBA students, 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.

The programmes and events get oversubscribed, so it’s advisable to apply early. For more information about Goldman Sachs, visit their TARGETjobs employer hub.

Citi: Women in Finance Programme

Citi states that more than half of its workforce is made up of women. Its Citi Women strategy, which comprises the two core programmes Women Leading Citi and Women’s Leadership Development, is designed to help women get the most out of their careers via a mix of lectures, assignments and networking sessions.

Citi also runs a ‘women in finance’ programme, which is aimed at first- and second-year female students. This scheme has previously included hands-on workshops, work shadowing and networking, and is designed to give students an insight into the different career paths within banking.

To find out more about Citi, visit their TARGETjobs employer hub.

Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International (MUSI): UK Female Insight Day

MUSI, the UK arm of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, runs its careers event for first- and second-year female university students who are interested in working in corporate or investment banking. The event includes case studies, networking, panel discussions and presentations.

To find out more about MUSI, visit their TARGETjobs employer hub.

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 business studies, maths, economics or finance) and have a minimum of 320 UCAS points.

This event includes:

  • talks from senior women in the industry
  • opportunities to network with managers
  • interactive sessions, designed to give you an introduction to different areas of business

To find out more about Commerzbank AG, visit their TARGETjobs employer hub.

Fidelity: Women’s Investment Spring Week

Fidelity run a four-day insight programme aimed at female undergraduates in their first year of a three-year degree course, or their second year of a four-year degree course. Applicants must have strong communication skills and be prepared to talk about their extracurricular activities. Students from any degree discipline are welcomed.

This programme includes:

  • speeches and presentations from senior women at Fidelity
  • work-shadowing, designed to give you an insight into the day-to-day responsibilities of an investment banker
  • skills-based challenges, with feedback sessions from senior team members
  • networking events

For more information about Fidelity, visit their TARGETjobs employer hub.

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.

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

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