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.

First year spring weeks, insight programmes, and alternatives 2017/18

With Michaelmas Term now well underway many LSE students are already focusing on the holidays, exams and beyond! LSE Careers is open to all students of any year group and at any stage in your career. We’re always very happy to speak with first year students and have been seeing some of you over the past few weeks. Question topics […]


Taking the Career Plunge

Guest blog from Tamara Oprea, Associate Director Sales and Business Development – Financial Markets at IHS Markit Ltd. “There I was, after all those years of studying and hard work, with a Banking, Finance and Management degree under my belt, ready to take on my career! So many paths and career choices, from banking to corporates, to analytics, to financial […]


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 […]


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.


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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Careers Cafe: Jefferies - Women in Equity Research & Investment Banking

Starts: 21 Mar 2018 12:00 PM
Finishes: 21 Mar 2018 2:00 PM
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Starts: 22 Mar 2018 12:30 PM
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Finishes: 6 Aug 2018 11:59 PM
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