A recent meeting of Carers Advisers with members of the Association of Graduate Recruiters turned up some interesting facts about attitudes of employers in the Financial Services Sector:
-Some employers have started recruitment schemes for school leavers, sometimes including degree sponsorships
-Accountancy firms are often not keen to recruit applicants who are already part-qualified and the same attitude applies generally to applicants with postgraduate qualifications
-Several employers report that graduate recruits from ‘non relevant’ degrees perform just as well as those who have studied relevant degrees
-Barclays Corporate are no longer using UCAS points as a selection tool
-All firms are predicting increased recruitment of graduate trainees, and for 12 month and summer internships over the next two years
-The quality of applications is rising but key student failings are the inability to explain their motivation to work for a particular company or to provide evidence of competencies
Comment: Some clear evidence here that job opportunities in the finance area are on the move. However, standards for many companies will remain demanding and good preparation is the secret of success.