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An Alternative Route In

If you’ve been turned away from the banking jobs this year, then there’s two reasons not to give up on the dream. One is because it’s the toughest industry to crack, and so many people get in on their second, third, or even tenth time applying – so keeping trying is the name of the game.

The second is because there’s more than one route into the top banking jobs. And whilst we could go into great depth about this and discuss all the possibilities, such as through the army and through the legal profession, we’re willing to guess that you’re interested in the financial industry and thus would be interested in an alternative route that remains not too far from where you started.

And we have such a route.

You might not know this because it seems to be a common path amongst graduates, but a very plausible route into investment banking is through the financial services industry, and indeed through the big four companies – PwC, Deloitte, EY and KPMG.

Once you think about it, it makes a lot of sense – these companies teach you responsibility, are known for their exemplary training of graduates and also provide a solid backing in the financial world which can be developed and honed in the hallowed halls of the banking industry.

So don’t you give up or think that the game is over if you’ve been turned down by the banking industry – many of their best people have come not from within, but cherry picked from elsewhere, and you could do a whole lot worse than having a look at the financial services industry. What have you got to lose?