Banking and investment careers

One of the most popular graduate destinations for LSE students, banking and investment professionals aim to make profit for firms, governments and wealthy individuals through the financial markets. It is a highly competitive market, but there are opportunities within large, midsize and boutique companies.

Banking and investment employers value students who have gained an internship or some relevant work experience. Within the major banks and financial services institutions the majority of internship positions translate to offers of permanent graduate contracts.

Typically a graduate training contract will last three years, and you would study towards professional qualifications while working. Mid-size or boutique firms offer graduate schemes rarely, so students would be advised to apply for their trainee or analyst positions which tend to be advertised as and when the business needs require it.

Salaries can be extremely high - particularly with bonuses - though the hours can be long and the environment is highly pressurised.

You do not need a related degree, but should be able to demonstrate numeracy, analytical ability, communication skills, and the ability to work well under pressure.

Investigate all avenues when pursuing your career path – tips from an LSE alum

Guest blog by Leanne Snipper (BA Geography 2007) who is a Senior Risk Manager at BNY Mellon: Choosing the organisation you want to work for is as equally important as the job you are responsible for. It’s easy to forget that your working life takes up a large proportion of each day and therefore your future happiness is just as […]

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Yitian Jing – Business Analyst, HSBC plc

Yitian Jing completed the MSc Finance at LSE in 2013. He now works as a Business Analyst for HSBC plc. “I wouldn’t have missed my LSE experience for anything!” Find out more about Yitian Jing and his experiences on his graduate profile page.

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Ken Martin – Assistant Vice President, Barclays Africa

Ken Martin completed the MSc in Economic History at LSE in 2010. He now works as an Assistant Vice President for Barclays Africa “My role at Barclays has been extremely rewarding, but the amount of entrepreneurial potential in Africa has led me to consider starting my own company.” Find out more about Ken and his experiences on the graduate destinations web pages.

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Joulan Khalek – Junior Professional Associate, World Bank Group

Joulan Khalek completed the MSc in International Political Economy at LSE in 2010. He now works as a Junior Professional Associate for the World Bank Group “Finding a job after graduation is a challenging task. I advise fellow graduates not to sell themselves short and to persevere until they find their ideal job profile in a working environment that is conducive to […]

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Tommaso Crackett – Associate, LGT Capital Partners

Tommaso Crackett completed the MSc in Law and Accounting at LSE in 2010. He now works as an Associate for LGT Capital Partners “The variety of the exposure that one can get working in investment management is hard to match. It’s a very interesting and motivating job with great career prospects also internationally.” Find out more about Tommaso and his experiences on the graduate […]

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Strategic Planning Group at American Express Presentation

Starts: 19 Oct 2017 6:00 PM
Finishes: 19 Oct 2017 8:00 PM
Remaining places: 22
Come along to American Express' on campus presentation to find out more about our organisation and meet our representatives.

Deutsche Bank Open House Event

Starts: 19 Oct 2017 6:00 PM
Finishes: 19 Oct 2017 9:00 PM
Please join us on Monday 2nd October where you will hear from a senior keynote speaker, watch a panel session where you'll have the chance to ask your own questions and continue networking with our employees over drinks and canapés.

Goldman Sachs Firmwide Presentation

Starts: 19 Oct 2017 6:00 PM
Finishes: 19 Oct 2017 9:00 PM
We would like to invite all first and penultimate year students to attend our company presentation and find out more about our firm and our internship programmes through an evening of presentations and networking opportunities with Goldman Sachs professionals.

J.P. Morgan: Quantitative Research Presentation - Masters And PHD Students Only

Starts: 19 Oct 2017 6:30 PM
Finishes: 19 Oct 2017 8:30 PM
Remaining places: 20
Join us for our Quantitative Research session to find out how you can make an impact with your unique skill-set. This event is open to Masters and PhD students only.

Credit Suisse - Global Markets in Focus

Starts: 19 Oct 2017 6:30 PM
Finishes: 19 Oct 2017 9:00 PM
Sales, Trading or Research – want to see where you fit within our Global Markets Division? Come meet the teams and try out our Trading Game.

Moody’s Business Team Challenge: Showcase Your Talents

Starts: 20 Oct 2017 10:00 AM
Finishes: 20 Oct 2017 5:00 PM
Moody's are an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Whether you join Moody’s Investors Service or Moody’s Analytics, your opinion will matter.

HSBC Global Banking – Coverage Relationship Management Interactive Event

Starts: 20 Oct 2017 1:00 PM
Finishes: 20 Oct 2017 4:00 PM
Join us for an interactive session with Global Banking – Coverage Relationship Management. We will take a deep dive into the fundamentals of the Coverage role, ranging from client engagement to strategic rationale.

M&G Investments - Insight Event

Starts: 23 Oct 2017 9:15 AM
Finishes: 23 Oct 2017 5:00 PM
This event is open to current and recent university students who are interested in finding out more about working in Fund Management. You will have the opportunity to hear from successful employees at M&G as well as networking and a Q&A session with further M&G employees.

Nomura Company Presentation

Starts: 23 Oct 2017 6:00 PM
Finishes: 23 Oct 2017 8:30 PM
We are offering a unique opportunity for LSE students to attend an evening of networking with Nomura – Asia’s global investment bank hosted at our London office.

RBS On-campus promotion

Starts: 24 Oct 2017
Finishes: 24 Oct 2017 11:59 PM
Find out how you can take the first step towards a more individual graduate pathway at our new campus event.

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Risk Analyst

1 Dec 2017
Greater London United Kingdom
Our Risk department is looking for a strong Risk Analyst to join the team. The team is responsible for the complete and accurate representation of all risks associated with trading.

Student/Graduate Risk Researcher

15 Nov 2017
E1 1QL Greater London United Kingdom
To help design, collate and analyse brand new research on risk management software tools in capital markets.

Teacher's Assistant

1 Nov 2017
Swiss Cottage Greater London United Kingdom
Teaching assistant required to assist teacher with lovely young adult with special needs.

Business Development Associate

28 Feb 2018
London Greater London United Kingdom
Startle is looking to recruit Business Development Managers, who are highly capable, intelligent, enterprising. They will be passionate about making a difference with what they do in their working life. Someone who is hard working,wants to learn, but can also bring ideas.

Technical Graduate

9 Feb 2018
Chertsey South East England United Kingdom
At Samsung we are constantly looking for dynamic individuals who share our relentless ambition, and in return offer people opportunities to grow and ways to express themselves in a truly global enterprise.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Join us, and discover your potential.

Sustainability & CSR Graduate

9 Feb 2018
Chertsey South East England United Kingdom
At Samsung we are constantly looking for dynamic individuals who share our relentless ambition, and in return offer people opportunities to grow and ways to express themselves in a truly global enterprise.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Join us, and discover your potential.

Service Opportations Graduate

9 Feb 2018
Chertsey South East England United Kingdom
At Samsung we are constantly looking for dynamic individuals who share our relentless ambition, and in return offer people opportunities to grow and ways to express themselves in a truly global enterprise.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Join us, and discover your potential.

Equity Analyst

31 Jan 2018
Greater London Greater London United Kingdom
Close Brothers graduate programme is open!

Python Engineer

5 Jan 2018
London Greater London United Kingdom
Python Engineer

Internship Corporate Finance - FIG

30 Nov 2017
London Greater London United Kingdom
Mediobanca is offering an internship of a minimum of three months in its London Financial Institutions Group team (Corporate Finance coverage and execution).

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