Most investment banks welcome graduates from all academic disciplines. However, understandably, a prerequisite for most technology divisions are technical degrees or degrees with a significant IT component.
You will usually need to have a 2.1 or first, a relevant internship (preferably with that employer) and a genuine interest in the financial markets. You don’t need to be a mathematical genius but you will need to be comfortable working with numbers.
Being able to learn quickly is essential, as are ‘soft’ skills, such as communication, negotiation, leadership and interpersonal skills. Sit down and list all the skills you’ve picked up through your studies, extracurricular activities and work experience – once you start thinking about it you’ll discover all sorts of attributes you didn’t realise you had.
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