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St Andrews Investment Society’s guideline for student job opportunities

General information on Spring Weeks

The key message is that certain sectors and organisations are keen to engage with students early on in the academic year.

Banks and professional services firms now run spring weeks, insight programmes and open days specifically for first year undergraduates.

These are a great way to find out about a firm, their roles and the sector by attending employer offices for presentations, seminars, shadowing, coaching and work experience. They range from half a day to two full weeks. Companies often use these schemes as a feeder for their internship programmes.

Investment Society has compiled a list of spring weeks and insight programmes. All the schemes below are open to first years. Some are also open to second years and masters students. The list isn’t definitive and dates/details may change, so you are advised to do your own research both into these opportunities and to identify other opportunities and work shadowing.

Our key advice is – apply as early as possible and don’t wait for deadlines. Many companies recruit on a rolling basis. In most cases we have linked to a UK or Europe website but you may be able to apply for other regions of the world as well. Make sure to check company websites carefully.

General information on Summer Internships

Internships are short periods of professional experience. During an internship you will be doing similar work to a normal employee of the organisation. They give you a taste of what graduate work is like and can help you make industry contacts.  

Summer Internships are a useful way for you to develop and enhance your skills during the vacation periods. They last between 2 – 12 weeks and are generally paid. There are some unpaid opportunities but these should be very short in duration and not last more than 4 weeks.

Some companies will also offer Easter or Christmas internships of a few weeks. However, there will be a limited number of these opportunities available.

Many employers use internships and placements as a fast track onto their graduate programmes. Most internship opportunities advertised by large graduate recruiters are aimed at pre-final year students. However, many smaller businesses offer internship opportunities and will not stipulate your year of study.


Most large or multinational organisations commence advertising in October for students to work the following summer, so get started early! Smaller employers however, often advertise right up until the summer period so it’s never too late to look for a summer internship.

Tables of available job experience opportunities

 

These lists below do not consist of all banking and financial services organisations. Deadline dates and application methods are subject to change. Please regularly check the organisations' website for updates.


*TBC stands for – To Be Confirmed. Information on some of the graduate/undergraduate job vacancies are yet to be released.

 

Accountancy

Firm Graduate Deadline Internship Deadline How to apply
Baker Tilly Unspecified Unspecified Online form
Barber Harrison & Platt Unspecified N/A See website
Barnes Roffe Rolling recruitment N/A Online form
Blick Rothenberg Unspecified Unspecified Online form
Dixon Wilson Unspecified N/A Online form
EY Rolling recruitment Rolling recruitment Online form
Grant Thornton Rolling recruitment Rolling recruitment Online form
Haysmacintyre Rolling recruitment One-year placements only Online form
Hazlewoods Unspecified N/A Online enquiry form about recruitment
Houlihan Lokey Unspecified Unspecified Online form
Kingston Smith Rolling recruitment N/A Online form
Lane Clark & Peacock 18-Nov-17 10-Mar-18 Online form
London Finance TBC ~ Jan 18 N/A Online form
Macintyre Hudson Unspecified N/A Online form
Mazars TBC TBC Online form
Mercer & Hole Open N/A Application form sent via email
National Audit of Office Unspecified N/A Online form
Saffrey Champness Various Various Online form
UHY Hacker Young Unspecified N/A Online form
 

Insurance

Firm Graduate Deadline Internship Deadline How to apply
Allianz 20th Nov 17 20th Nov 2017 Online form
Amlin Not yet open N/A Online form
Aon 31st Dec 17 31st Jan 18 Online form
Hiscox Insurance 18-Dec-17 February 2018 See website
Lloyds Unspecified Unspecified Online form
Swiss Re Ltd Various Various Online form
Zurich 31-Dec-17 Unsp Online form
 

Investment

Firm Graduate Deadline Internship Deadline How to apply
3i PLC 04-Nov-17 N/A Online form
Canaccord Genuity Unspecified Unspecified Email ukandeurope_careers@canaccord.com
European Investment Fund Unspecified N/A Online form
Fidelity Worldwide Investment 25-Oct-17 06-Dec-17 Online form
BlackRock Unspecified Unspecified Online form
Evercore 30-Oct-17 27-Nov-17 Online form
Jefferies International Various Various Online form
JP Morgan Various 30-Nov-17 Online form
Lazard Various Various Online form
M & G Investments Various Various Online form
Moelis & Company Rolling recruitment Rolling recruitment Online form
Nomura 10-Jan-18 10-Jan-18 Online form
Norges Bank Investment Management 04-Oct-17 N/A Online form
RBC Capital Markets Unspecified Unspecified Online form
Rothschild 28-Oct-17 Various Online form
State Street Unspecified Unspecified Online form
Glencore 30-Oct-17 Unspecified Online form
 

Various finance vacancies

Firm Graduate Deadline Internship Deadline How to apply
Ardian Investment UK Ltd Rolling recruitment Rolling recruitment CV & cover letter
Associated British Agriculture TBC TBC
AXA TBC TBC Online form
BAE Systems Rolling Recruitment N/A Online form
Bank of America Merrill Lynch 29-Oct-17 26-Nov-17 Online form
Bank of England TBC TBC Online form
Banque Pictet & Cie SA - Geneva Rolling recruitment N/A Online form
Barclays 17-Nov-17 05-Jan-18 Online form
BDO Rolling recruitment Rolling recruitment Online form
Blackstone Group 25-Oct-17 TBC Online form
Bloomberg Rolling recruitment Rolling recruitment Online form
BMO Capital Markets Rolling recruitment Unspecified Resume, cover letter, & transcripts
BNP Paribas 30-Nov-17 Rolling recruitment Online form
British Airways TBC N/A Online form
Catlin Not yet open Not yet open Online form
Centreview Partners Rolling recruitment Rolling recruitment Online form
Centrica 30-Nov-17 01-Feb-18 Online form
Citi Rolling recruitment Rolling recruitment Online form
Co-operative TBC TBC Online form
Commerzbank Not yet open Rolling recruitment Online form with CV & cover letter
Credit Suisse 22-Nov-17 13-Dec-17 Online form
Deloitte Rolling recruitment Rolling recruitment Online form
Deutsche Bank AG 27-Nov-17 Unspecified Online form
Duff & Phelps Rolling recruitment Rolling recruitment Online form
EADS (Airbus) TBC TBC Online form
EDF Energy TBC Unspecified Online form
Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) TBC (open in October) TBC (open in October) Online form
Generali Group Rolling recruitment Unspecified Online form
GIC Private Limited (GIC) 23-Oct-17 Unspecified Online form
GlaxoSmithKline TBC Unspecified Online form
Goldman Sachs 01-Nov-17 06-Dec-17 Online form
HSBC 22-Nov-17 10-Jan-18 Online form
ICAP 29-Nov-17 31-Jan-18 Online form
ING Various N/A See website
ION Trading Unspecified Unspecified Send CV to recruitment@iontrading
KPMG Rolling recruitment Rolling recruitment Online form
Lloyds Banking Group 31-Dec-17 Unspecified Online form
London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) 20-Dec-17 TBC Online form
Macquarie Group 02-Nov-17 Late November Online form
Mandara Capital Rolling recruitment N/A Online form
Markit Rolling recruitment Rolling recruitment Online form
McGraw-Hill Financial 31-Dec-17 13-Nov-17 Online form
Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International PLC 22-Nov-17 04-Jan-18 Online form
Morgan Stanley 01-Nov-17 29-Nov-17 Online form, CV, & cover letter
N Power TBC TBC Online form
Nationwide Various Open in January 2018 Online form
Nestle Unspecified Unspecified Online form
Network Rail Unspecified Unspecified Online form
Oliver Wyman Unspecified Unspecified Online form
PIMCO 30-Nov-17 N/A Online form
Procter & Gamble Unspecified Unspecified Online form
PwC Unspecified Unspecified Online form
RBS 10-Dec-17 Various Online form
Rolls Royce 08-Jan-18 08-Jan-18 Online form
Santander Various Various Online form
Schroders 8-Nov-17 20-Dec-17 Online form
Smith & Williamson Rolling recruitment Rolling recruitment Online form
Société Générale Rolling recruitment Rolling recruitment Online form
Standard Bank Various Unspecified Online form
Standard Chartered Rolling recruitment Unspecified Online form
Standard Life TBC TBC Online form
SunGuard Systems Ltd Various Various Online form
TD Securities Unspecified Unspecified Online form
Towers Watson Rolling recruitment Rolling recruitment Online form
UBS 08-Nov-17 31-Dec-17 Online form
UniCredit Group Rolling recruitment TBC Online form
Wells Fargo TBC Various Online form
Willis Unspecified Unspecified Online form
 

Spring weeks

Firm Deadline
Bank of America Merrill Lynch 07-Jan-16
Bank of England January 2016
Barclays Rolling recruitment
BDO Rolling recruitment/ Insight days ONLY
Blackrock Unspecified
BNP Paribas 30-Nov-15
Canaccord Genuity Unspecified
Catlin TBC ~ 2017
Credit Suisse 17-Jan-17
Deloitte Rolling recruitment
Deutsche Bank 05-Jan-17
EY 22-Jan-17
Goldman Sachs 03-Jan-17
HSBC 10-Jan-17
ICAP 28-Feb-17
JP Morgan 07-Dec-16
KPMG Rolling recruitment
Lloyds Banking Group Rolling recruitment
Morgan Stanley 13-Dec-16
Nomura Rolling recruitment
PricewaterhouseCoopers Rolling recruitment
Rothschild 27-Dec-16
Royal Bank of Scotland Unspecified
Towers Watson 29-Jan-17
UBS 31-Dec-16

CV Guide

CV format explained

In a nutshell, CV is a powerful marketing document, which ideally should market you to a prospective employer ahead of other applicants. The trick is - you have one page to sell yourself.  It is important to realise that the purpose of a CV is not to get a job, but to get on the short list for an INTERVIEW.  You do not need to write your life history: don’t tell them everything or you will have nothing left to talk about at the interview! Only write what is relevant to the post you are applying for.

You need to match the content of your CV to the needs of the organisation you are applying to.  It should highlight your education, academic history, skills and any work experience you have which will enhance your application. Use evidence to demonstrate that you can provide the skills the organisation needs.

In general there are two formats outlined below can be used for any application for many jobs including managerial, professional, administration and any other non-academic job.

  • A Chronological layout gives an historical account of your career path so far.  This is the format most people are familiar with – we have called this the ‘Classic CV’.
  • A Skills layout places emphasis on the skills, experience and strengths you have acquired and can offer the employer.  It is not written chronologically but under headings, which prioritise and match the skills the employer is looking for.

The chronological format tends to be used by new graduates or those with less work experience. You need to choose which of the two layouts suit you best and what you are most comfortable writing.  

 

The Do’s and Don’ts

Do’s:

  1. Use clear font style – why not look at Tahoma, Verdana, Cambria or Calibri.
  2. Capitalise and bold your major headings and use bold for any sub-headings
  3. Use one font style
  4. Be crisp and concise
  5. Be appropriate to your situation
  6. Make it attractive and appealing to the eye
  7. Write in statements – bullet points are most effective
  8. Avoid using the word ‘I’
  9. Use action/power words at the beginning of each statement (See end of this section for examples)
  10. Do not be afraid of white space
  11. Make sure it is one pages long – max!

Don’ts:

  1. Include your photograph
  2. Copy job descriptions
  3. Non-essential personal information
  4. Long sentences
  5. Use big lists – such as your GCSE’s
  6. Make your CV longer than one page
 

Some Layout Suggestions

1.      Write your name in the top of the page. Use a large font – this is you – this is what you are marketing!  Your date of birth is NOT necessary.

2.      Put a line between your contact information and the main body of your CV. It gives your CV more definition.

3.      Write an Objective if you are sending your CV speculatively to an organisation. They do not want to second-guess what you are looking for. 

4.      Prioritisation of information. For example:

Played football for the University and was captain

VS.

Captain of University football team

The second example would be the preferred option as it highlights that you were captain and could lead a team not that you played football.

5.      Be consistent – make it easy for the reader to find out all about you in a logical and readable layout.  For instance, write your dates in the same place – perhaps always on the left-hand margin.

 

Possible key words to use on your CV:

Increasingly, applicants are asked to send a digital copy of a CV. If this is the case then the first set of "eyes" to see it might be an automated search for action/power words. Select those, which match the opportunity you are applying – the clues will be in the job description.

Achieved Administered Advised Analysed
Assessed Arranged Budgeted Calculated
Completed Conducted Controlled Co-ordinated
Created Designed Devised Developed
Discovered Distributed Evaluated Examined
Explained Increased Instructed Liaised
Managed Monitored Negotiated Organised
Planned Promoted Recommended Reformed
Represented Researched Responsible for Resulted
Selected Sold Solved Supervised
Taught Tested Trained Welcomed
 

Your CV Checklist:

  1. Is it in a consistent and readable format? First impressions matter – how your CV is laid out tells the person who is reading it, a lot about you – see about being consistent mentioned above.
  2. Does the document emphasise your skills and achievements?
  3. Does it tell the reader what they need/want to know about you? Look at what you have written from the employer’s perspective – is it logical and fluid?
  4. Is it accurate? Check your documents for spelling and grammar
  5. Have you used enough white space? Do not put too much information on a page
  6. Have you prioritised your information and used words, which make you sound proactive and positive?
  7. Have you asked your referees if it is OK to give their names before you include them?
  8. Have you used abbreviations? Explain them.
  9. Have you asked someone to proof read your CV before sending it?
  10. Have you told the truth?
  11.  Have you kept a copy?

 

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