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 […]


Useful LSE Library resources for careers research – Zephyr

Zephyr The LSE Library has over 95 online and terminal based subscriptions, many of which can be useful for your careers research. Our series of blogs outlines some of these subscriptions and how you can make use of them to enhance your applications and interview answers. This sixth post focuses on using Zephyr for your careers research. Zephyr is a […]


Insider tips – working in banking

Guest blog by LSE alumna Sanya Ahmed (Philosophy and Economics) who now works for BNP Paribas as a Financials Sector Specialist: My day-to-day role I come in anytime between 6:15am and 6:30 and check the morning and overnight news on my sector and post any relevant news on a chat with the traders in a summary form. Traders by nature […]


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Meet McKinsey Greater China in London 2018

Starts: 21 Jul 2018 11:00 AM
Finishes: 21 Jul 2018 1:00 PM
Meet McKinsey Greater China.

Inside the Industry

Starts: 23 Jul 2018 9:00 AM
Finishes: 24 Jul 2018 5:00 PM
If you’re currently studying abroad and thinking about starting your career in Asia, check out our Inside the Industry program, held over the summer in Hong Kong & Singapore.

Intensive one-day Mock Assessment Centre

Starts: 24 Jul 2018 10:00 AM
Finishes: 24 Jul 2018 4:00 PM
Fully booked. Join the waiting list to be notified if places become available.
Assessment centres are a critical part of the recruitment process for many employers. This intensive one-day workshop is structured to simulate a typical assessment day and will provide practical experience of the tasks involved.

FreshLook Banking

Starts: 24 Jul 2018 3:00 PM
Finishes: 24 Jul 2018 7:00 PM
​FreshLook is a profile-raising event specifically designed to introduce first-year female students (or second year if on a two year course) to the wide range of careers in investment and corporate banking,held on 24th July 2018.

​APAC | 2019 Summer Internship Info Session at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Hong Kong

Starts: 26 Jul 2018 4:00 PM
Finishes: 26 Jul 2018 7:00 PM
Come and meet us to find out more about our different divisions, and what we look for in our recruitment process.

Summer School in Cyprus “Global Finance and the Banking System”

Starts: 29 Jul 2018
Finishes: 6 Aug 2018 11:59 PM

Heading the curriculum will be Sir Christopher A. Pissarides, Regius Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Nobel Laureate in Economic Science in 2010.

Huawei 'Seeds for the Future' Programme 2018

Starts: 1 Aug 2018 9:00 AM
Finishes: 1 Aug 2018 5:00 PM
We are offering UK undergraduates – studying STEM or related disciplines (e.g. Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Computing) the opportunity to travel to China on a 4-week programme in August 2018.

CVs for Career Changers

Starts: 2 Aug 2018 12:00 PM
Finishes: 2 Aug 2018 1:00 PM
Remaining places: 19
When you have several years professional experience and are looking to change career direction, it can be a challenge to know how best to present this experience. This seminar will look at different CV formats and techniques for presenting yourself effectively.

Beijing Careers Fair 2018

Starts: 13 Aug 2018 2:30 PM
Finishes: 13 Aug 2018 5:00 PM
LSE Careers will be hosting three careers fairs in Asia this summer. Attend the careers fair in Beijing to learn more about graduate opportunities in the region.

Shanghai Careers Fair 2018

Starts: 15 Aug 2018 2:00 PM
Finishes: 15 Aug 2018 5:00 PM
LSE Careers will be hosting three careers fairs in Asia this summer. Attend the careers fair in Shanghai to learn more about graduate opportunities in the region.

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Quantitative Economist - Ph.D. in Macroeconomics/Finance

31 Aug 2018
London Greater London United Kingdom
The macro strategy team has an opening for a quantitative economist based in London

Finance Analyst

24 Aug 2018
London Greater London United Kingdom
We’re looking for a FINANCE ANALYST - B&M & Supply Chain to join our team.


Finance Analyst - B&M & Supply Chain




Kew Gardens, London

Operations Associate

1 Aug 2018
London Greater London United Kingdom
The Operations Associate is a dual role. We want someone who can get things done and have an eye out for the future. Within this role there is a need and an opportunity to understand this business domain deeply, enhance process and data analysis skills as well as enhance technology skills.

Internship - Long-Short Equity Fund

31 Jul 2018
London Greater London United Kingdom
Financial analysis
Hedge Fund
Public Equity

Merchant Banking Internship

11 Jan 2019
London Greater London United Kingdom
This London based 6 month internship is an exciting opportunity to intern with Rothschild Credit Management, which manages over €4.2billion of dedicated funds and managed accounts investing in broadly syndicated loans and high yield bonds principally within Western Europe and the United States.

Data Scientist/Software Developer

31 Oct 2018
London Greater London United Kingdom
HUBX is looking for a strong programmer with a computer/data science background to help propose, develop, and implement new ideas for making our platform as intelligent as possible. Starting with a 3-month probation, exceptional candidates will be offered a full-time role once their internship ends.

Data Analyst

30 Sep 2018
London Greater London United Kingdom
We are looking for a Data Analyst who is passionate about cryptocurrencies and wants to join a startup with great growth potential in a young and booming industry.

Graduate Analyst

30 Jul 2018
London Greater London United Kingdom
Holland Mountain is looking for graduates with a genuine interest in consulting to join our rapidly growing London team.

Research Assistant

31 Jul 2018
City of London Greater London United Kingdom
Research assistant in asset management media and research company

Management Trainee

20 Sep 2018
London Greater London United Kingdom
Are you looking for an opportunity that will not only elevate your career, but also continuously challenge and develop you? Do you want to work with a group of successful serial entrepreneurs who are passionate about building companies, while developing to become the next generation of CEOs?

Search all our vacancies on CareerHub