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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.

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.

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 in Spring 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 apply for a 2018 First Year insight programme, candidates should be graduating in 2020. Fluency in English is essential.

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

MUFG: UK Female Insight Day

MUFG 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 MUFG, visit its 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 its TARGETjobs employer hub.

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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