Finding a Job Pre-Sandhurst (Finance Degree & Work Experience in Investment Banking/M&A Advisory)

#1
Hello,

I'm a kiwi (with British citizenship), who is moving over to the UK at the end of this year to complete the 9-month residency requirement, prior to starting Sandhurst in September (assuming all goes well).

I'm wondering what advice you all might have for me in terms of finding work for the 9 months? I have a degree in finance and economics, and internship experience in investment banking and M&A advisory, but I can't imagine any of this will be much help as most firms in London won't want to be taking on a graduate for only 9 months.

My question is, what nice cities/towns would you recommend for me to be able to have a good chance at finding any sort of work, but also having a relatively low cost of living? What are the usual types of unskilled jobs on offer in the UK? Here in NZ, we have a lot of orchards, etc... but I'm not sure what I should be looking out for in the UK?

Thanks in advance.
 
#2
Hello,

I'm a kiwi (with British citizenship), who is moving over to the UK at the end of this year to complete the 9-month residency requirement, prior to starting Sandhurst in September (assuming all goes well).

I'm wondering what advice you all might have for me in terms of finding work for the 9 months? I have a degree in finance and economics, and internship experience in investment banking and M&A advisory, but I can't imagine any of this will be much help as most firms in London won't want to be taking on a graduate for only 9 months.

My question is, what nice cities/towns would you recommend for me to be able to have a good chance at finding any sort of work, but also having a relatively low cost of living? What are the usual types of unskilled jobs on offer in the UK? Here in NZ, we have a lot of orchards, etc... but I'm not sure what I should be looking out for in the UK?

Thanks in advance.
You could get Temp work in an investment bank for that time - either setting yourself up a company or doing it through an agency. Plenty of Analyst level 6 month contracts going round.

Have a look on Totaljobs.com - I wacked my CV on there and within a week was interviewing for a job.
 
#4
On the general end of banking which, as you know, pays a tad less than the investment banking end.

Barclay's bank credit card operation, Barclaycard, is in Northampton.

Santander is in Milton Keynes & Narborough (just outside Leicester).

HSBC have moved a big chunk of their operation to Birmingham.

Most are continually looking for temp's for various project's and the like. Make sure you bring a current police certificate with you from NZ.
 
#5
Thanks for your reply, it's really helpful. I'm definitely not concerned with pay, the opportunity to use my degree to some extent and not starve to death sounds great.

I'll do some research now, but by any chance, do you know what the general time frame is applying for general banking temp jobs? If I wanted to start in Jan 2020, how soon should I start searching/applying?
 
#6
Thanks for your reply, it's really helpful. I'm definitely not concerned with pay, the opportunity to use my degree to some extent and not starve to death sounds great.

I'll do some research now, but by any chance, do you know what the general time frame is applying for general banking temp jobs? If I wanted to start in Jan 2020, how soon should I start searching/applying?
We recruited two temps into my team at work. From them accepting the offer to starting work was 3 weeks in one case, 6 in the other. Yours may be more like 6 as the background checks can be slightly more lengthy for those coming from overseas.
 
#9
Try all the major banks for an internship or temporary role. I used to interview undergraduates for internships at my investment/private bank employer and we always tried to get people with a bit more interesting background for our desk than the usual cookie-cutter drones HR shovelled our way. I would suggest also trying to contact directly the people who you might be working for - trawl linkedin financial press etc rather than HR departments as the boss of a desk will likely be more pragmatic, and may have some spare budget for a temp/intern position.
There are also M&A boutiques, wealth management firms where your degree and experience would be useful.
 
#10
Research City Traders like Barclays Life on the net and apply, plenty of short contracts in London at the moment.
Or you could go through a specialist recruitment agency that looks at contracts from 3-18 months in banking.
Hays Financial Recruitment good and others out their if you look via Google.

You might have a longer wait for RMA Sandhurst, what makes you think you will get in?
 
#11
Thanks for the replies.

@dombo63 - trawling LinkedIn is a good idea. How high up the chain should I be reaching out to (e.g. analyst, associate, VP, MD, etc...)? Are there any boutiques that you know of that I should look into? I'll have a google but just thought I'd ask.

@crustyrusty - will look into those places for short contracts and send my CV to the specialist recruitment agencies. Definitely okay with waiting longer, but have to assume that it might go well in order to develop some sort of plan for myself.
 
#12
Thanks for the replies.

@dombo63 - trawling LinkedIn is a good idea. How high up the chain should I be reaching out to (e.g. analyst, associate, VP, MD, etc...)? Are there any boutiques that you know of that I should look into? I'll have a google but just thought I'd ask.

@crustyrusty - will look into those places for short contracts and send my CV to the specialist recruitment agencies. Definitely okay with waiting longer, but have to assume that it might go well in order to develop some sort of plan for myself.
Forget analyst and associate, unless you know any personally who can introduce you. Even VPs are pretty low down the food chain despite the hoops we now make potential promotees jump through to attain that title. Ds and MDs are your best bet as they will be running desks, departments, and can make decisions. Far better to send your details to somebody high up who can have a more top down view of where you might fit. Often you may see them named in articles about M&A or other deals in the financial press, spouting guff about something theyre involved in. Or they may have recently moved jobs and a quick Google or linkedin trawl will show you some more info on what they did/do and contacts who may be useful. Monday's FT is good as is the CityAM daily free newspaper, Bloomberg.com is free I think to read news articles.
 

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