The question: How do I break into investment banking?
I work for British Airways but my aim is to get into IT in the City as I like the idea of investment banking. My previous roles include management consultancy and I have completed almost two years of a physics degree.
What would you recommend for someone with minimal experience? What professional courses would you recommend? Apart from Java, what other languages would you recommend learning? Being a non-graduate are my chances limited for gaining a great job in the City?
The solution: Find IT courses that are linked to banking
For most, switching careers is not an easy process. You have to start again, consider yourself a junior, and look at a decrease in your monthly income. It is always beneficial to invest in some training courses, but be careful of over doing it. You will need to keep knocking on doors.
Getting in to investment banking IT is exceptionally hard if you do not have experience of working in the City. There are some training companies that will have set up alliances with companies to take on recent course attendees once you complete the course so do some research to this to see if any are aligned with companies in the City.
If you want to pursue the software development route, I would strongly advise learning the
.net Framework. This is by far the most sought after skill companies are look for when recruiting staff.
I have come across many candidates who get jobs in the City who have not been to university.
Solution by Robert Nunn, senior recruitment account manager at Plan-Net Services.
The panel: Plan-Net Services, Hudson, Reed Technology, Zarak Technology, No Limits Coaching, The Training Camp