Increase Your Chances of Getting a Job in Finance When You Graduate
The jobs market is flooded with well qualified and experienced candidates, many of whom are equipped with degrees in financially related subjects. As employers have the chance to hand pick from a rich pool of talent, particularly in areas such as finance recruitment, the responsibility is growing for graduates to sell themselves to their prospective employers.
The road to making yourself an employable candidate upon graduation begins in the first year of university. A good degree alone is often not enough for applicants to stand out from the crowd. Instead, many employers look in to candidates’ time at university, looking for evidence that they are committed to finding finance jobs upon graduation. Here, we look at a few things you can do at university to increase your chances of employment when you graduate.
Don’t ignore university societies
University societies can be great fun but they can also be a useful addition to your CV when you leave, particularly for those who get involved in the administrative and organisational side. Most universities have a range of societies – from horse riding to young enterprise – but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to join one which is closely related to your chosen field of study or employment to benefit.
Feel free to get involved in societies that you are interested in. A clear indication to a prospective employer that you may be suitable upon graduation for finance jobs in London or elsewhere, may be to volunteer for treasury or administration roles within these university societies.
At the same time, it can hardly hurt your chances to found or join the economic risk assessment society.
Work on more than your degree
There’s no doubt that concentrating on your studies is an essential route to finding success in the jobs market after you have graduated. That said, it is impossible to over-state the importance of finding extra work during your time at university. Whether you are applying for internships to work during the summer months, or part-time volunteering during term time, going the extra mile to find some relevant work experience will do wonders when it comes to proving your interest to future employers.
The summer break at university is long and employers will be looking at what exactly you did during this time to gain relevant experience. The truth is that many of your competitors when you graduate will have spent their summers in the sun with their friends or travelling the globe with money they’ve saved during the academic year. If you are committed to working in finance, working in the summer will give you an edge over other candidates.
It’s not just your work and experience that are important, networking is key. During your time at university, you will be rubbing shoulders with academics with years of experience and connections in your field – so make the most of it. A good relationship with a tutor could well lead to a favourable word or two when the time comes for you to apply for work.