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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How to write effective application forms

Starts: 9 Jan 2018 1:00 PM
Finishes: 9 Jan 2018 2:00 PM
Remaining places: 120
This seminar covers all aspects of completing structured application forms (with reference to what employers are looking for so you can approach them with confidence.

Meet an Alum - Quantitative Research/Equity Trading

Starts: 11 Jan 2018 5:30 PM
Finishes: 11 Jan 2018 7:45 PM
Meet an Alum brings together alumni and current students for small 30 minute group discussions so you can find out what it’s really like to work in a particular field or organisation.

How to write effective CVs

Starts: 12 Jan 2018 1:00 PM
Finishes: 12 Jan 2018 2:00 PM
Remaining places: 130
Writing an effective CV is important for success during the recruitment process - attend this seminar to find out how to tailor your CV to the organisation and position to make it stand out. This seminar is aimed at students who don’t have a lot of experience writing a CV.

Volunteering - why, what, how, when?

Starts: 15 Jan 2018 1:00 PM
Finishes: 15 Jan 2018 2:00 PM
Remaining places: 80
​Come along to this seminar to find out how you can get involved in volunteering during your studies at LSE and find out what opportunities are available.

How to write cover letters

Starts: 15 Jan 2018 4:00 PM
Finishes: 15 Jan 2018 5:00 PM
Remaining places: 56
Cover letters are your opportunity to promote yourself and convince employers you are the right person for the job. This seminar will help you understand what employers want from your cover letter and show you how to achieve this.

How to perform well at interviews

Starts: 16 Jan 2018 3:00 PM
Finishes: 16 Jan 2018 5:00 PM
Remaining places: 70
​This interactive workshop will give you the opportunity to review your interview preparation approach, formulate suitable answers, and practice your technique.

Internships, Work Experience & Part Time Work

Starts: 18 Jan 2018 12:00 PM
Finishes: 18 Jan 2018 1:00 PM
Remaining places: 120
​An internship, work experience, and part-time work are all excellent ways to stand out in a tough job market and support yourself financially during your studies. Come along to this seminar to find out where to look for opportunities and get top tips on making successful applications.

How to perform well in group exercises

Starts: 18 Jan 2018 1:00 PM
Finishes: 18 Jan 2018 3:00 PM
Remaining places: 40
This interactive workshop will introduce you to some typical group exercises and offer insights into skills and behaviours employers are looking for.

CVs for Experienced Hires

Starts: 19 Jan 2018 1:00 PM
Finishes: 19 Jan 2018 2:00 PM
Remaining places: 70
When you have several years professional experience, it can be a challenge to know how best to present it. This seminar will look at different CV formats and techniques for presenting yourself effectively, and is aimed at postgraduates with a number of years professional work experience.

Using LinkedIn in your Job Search

Starts: 24 Jan 2018 12:00 PM
Finishes: 24 Jan 2018 1:00 PM
Remaining places: 120
This seminar will cover building an effective LinkedIn profile with tips on what to include in each section, how to increase your visibility, and techniques to help you connect and build relationships with LSE alumni. It is most suitable for students with a basic understanding of LinkedIn.

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Junior Analyst

15 Mar 2018
Greater London United Kingdom
Allenbridge is the Investment Advisory team at MJ Hudson. Our research on tax-advantaged investments is a leading resource for wealth managers, IFAs and individual investors.

2018 Hamilton Lane Analyst Development Program - Fund Investment Analyst

31 Jan 2018
London Greater London United Kingdom
A professional development program which begins with cohort based intensive training at our Philadelphia headquarters. Analysts work within the Fund Investment team in a role which progressively grows in responsibility and accountability over the three-year period.

Internship Private Debt Analyst (German)

19 Jan 2018
Paris France
Internship Private Debt Analyst (German)

Global Finance Graduate Programme

8 Jan 2018
Copenhagen Greater London United Kingdom
With 4 rotations across the finance disciplines in 2 years, of which one in one of our global affiliates or regional headquarters, Novo Nordisk‘s 2-year Global Finance Graduate Programme offers a great springboard for launching a life-changing career at a global pharmaceutical company.

Waiting and Bar Staff

29 Dec 2017
Greater London United Kingdom
At Your Service Event Staffing is the United Kingdom’s leading supplier of the highest quality temporary staff at the UK’s most prominent landmark venues and society’s most glamorous parties.

Summer Internship

1 May 2018
London Greater London United Kingdom
Credit Benchmark is a venture capital backed start-up in the high-growth field of financial technology. We have internship opportunities in summer 2018 for smart and ambitious students from top undergraduate programs - if you're interested in finance/technology, we'd like to hear from you!

Multi-Asset Macro Analyst Off-cycle Internship

31 Jan 2018
London Greater London United Kingdom
Role will focus on global macro investment research contributing to fundamental top-down analysis of the global economy and developing quantitative tools to support idea generation. Suitable for candidates with an interest in macroeconomics and a desire to develop a career in global macro investing.

Trainee Quantitative Trader

1 Jun 2018
Greater London United Kingdom
This is an exceptional opportunity to become an integral part of the Mako Trading team and develop the skills required to excel in a trading position.

Analyst (International Arbitration Practice)

31 Jan 2018
England United Kingdom
Leading economic consulting firm, Compass Lexecon, is looking for graduate economists to fill Analyst positions. Please note applications close on 31 January 2018.

Summer Internship

18 Jan 2018
London Greater London United Kingdom
Open to penultimate and final year students, the Capco Internship Programme is an opportunity to work on client projects. We offer an intensive training programme covering the global financial services landscape, risk and regulation, foundations of consulting and project delivery.

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