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Financial Career Track #7: Private Equity

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  This week we’ll introduce you to the world of Private Equity (PE). Read on to find out about:   What is Private Equity? What key functions does a PE firm cater to? Which are the highest performing PE firms? What skills are required to flourish at a PE firm? What would an entry-level job look like at a PE firm? What does compensation look like at a PE firm?       What is Private Equity?   Private Equity firms are concerned with similar dealings to that of investment banks; therefore, they seek to invest in private companies. Their approach to investment is associated with high reward and high risk.   Compared to large corporate investment banks, they are … Read more

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Financial Career Track #6: Technology

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Technology is the centre of our focus in this week’s edition of InterviewBay’s blog article series on Financial Career Tracks. Without the banking division of Technology, banks wouldn’t be able to execute the most difficult as well as the simplest transactions. Technology is ultimately the skeleton of a bank and provides essential competitive advantage for the bank. This article will provide you with answers to the following questions:   What is Technology? What roles can you find in Technology? What skills are you expected to have? What will a Graduate role look like and how will you progress?       What is Technology?   Most Technology functions in a bank that you would be required to execute is not … Read more

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Financial Career Track #5: Risk Management

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This week we’ll be putting Risk Management under our spotlight. Risk Management is the crucial force that keeps all of the functions in a bank under control. It is important to note that Risk Management is also referred to as Market Risk Control. Read on to find the answers to these key questions: What do Risk Managers do? What roles can you fill within Risk Management? What skills are required for a position in Risk Management? How much do Risk Managers earn? What would you be doing as a Graduate in Risk Management? What do Risk Managers do? A Risk Manager evaluates the effects of internal and external factors on the bank’s business and also implements measures in order to … Read more

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Financial Career Track #4: Operations

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Have you ever wondered who enables banks to function effectively and efficiently? This week we’ll introduce you to the financial division often labelled as ‘the engine of the bank’ – Operations. The article will answer the following questions:   What does working in Operations entail? What roles can you find in Operations? What skills are required for a role in Operations? What salary can you expect to have as an Operations employee? What would you be doing as a Graduate in Operations?     What does working in Operations entail?   Operations employees form the backbone of every bank. They are part of the ‘back office’, which administers a supporting role for the ‘front office’. The trades made by the … Read more

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Financial Career Track #3: Wealth Management

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  This week we’ll introduce you to a field famous for being the rock star tier of the financial services firms: Wealth Management. This niche is also referred to as Private Banking and Private Wealth Management. In this article you’ll find out:   What is Wealth Management What are the top Wealth Management firms What roles can you find in Wealth Management What skills are you expected to have What salary can you expect to have     What is Wealth Management?   Wealth Management is exactly what the name initially conveys: managing people’s wealth. However, individuals seeking Wealth Management services are not just average earners; they are high net worth individuals, usually with financial assets over $1 million. As … Read more

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Financial Career Track #2: Investment Banking

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This week’s focus is on a very prestigious financial career track: Investment Banking. It is otherwise known as Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Banking, Global Banking, and Merchant Banking.       This article will cover the following areas: What is Investment Banking What are the top Investment Banks What roles are out there in Investment Banking What skills are you expected to bring on board What would a graduate analyst’s work look like What salary can you expect to have     What is Investment Banking Fundamentally, Investment Banking is about helping corporate clients build their businesses by providing them with financial and strategic advice as well as products. The corporate clients investment bankers work with are typically … Read more

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All you need to know about the MBA: Part II

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What are the benefits and costs of having an MBA? In the second part of the blog series on the MBA, we will lay out for you what are the potential advantages as well as disadvantages of an MBA. It is important to be equipped with this knowledge before applying in order to know if the investment of time and money that you put into an MBA degree is worth your while. The advantages set out below pertain to the perks of attending top business schools. These benefits may not be present at business schools of a lower calibre. We encourage you to set your mind on applying to top business schools, such as the London Business School, INSEAD, University … Read more

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Financial career track #1: Sales and Trading

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  For the next few weeks, we’ll be providing you with insights into different financial career tracks available on the job market. This week we’ll be tackling one of the most popular areas in finance: sales and trading. This field is also known as: Sales, Trading, and Research, Global Capital Markets, Global Markets, and Capital Markets Origination.       Roles in sales and trading   Sales   Salespeople working within finance are called brokers or dealers. Their main role is to contact existing or potential clients to try sell them financial products. They cooperate on an intense basis with traders, because when they figure out what it is their client wants to trade in, they must inform traders to … Read more

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All you need to know about the MBA: Part I

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Since the MBA season is very close at hand, we wish to present you with a small guidebook in the form of a 3-part blog series on the in’s and out’s of preparing for and studying an MBA. This week’s blog article will focus on the basics that any applicant needs to know, namely what is an MBA, what types of MBAs are out there, what main subjects are covered during the course, what are currently the top business schools in the world, information on fees and funding, as well as how can InterviewBay help you in the quest for a successful MBA application. Next week’s blog article will bring closer the real advantages of doing an MBA degree and … Read more

An Insight into the World of a Strategy Consultant: Part III

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This is the final article of the blog series ‘An Insight into the World of a Strategy Consultant’, which aims at clarifying the DOs and DON’Ts at a consulting job interview.   DOs   Point number 1: focus on the firm, avoid generic answers Before coming to the interview, make sure you conduct a thorough research of the target company. It is inevitable that during the interview, the interviewer will ask you why you chose this particular company. Make sure you know what makes the company unique amongst its competitors. In addition, keep in mind that the office you are applying to is most certainly different to the company’s other offices across the world. You should aim at providing a … Read more

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