Banking and financial services are the dream career choices for many students. Unsurprisingly, competition for such jobs is fiercely competitive. Come and find out what it's really like and what you need to do to get your foot in the door.
Come and find out from our panel of insiders what it's really like to work in the city and what you need to do to get in.
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Oleg Giberstein - Oleg graduated with a BA in Politics and International Relations from Royal Holloway in 2010 and also completed an MPhil in International Relations at the University of Oxford between 2010 – 2012. After graduation, he joined Citi’s Corporate Bank where he was part of a Cross-Industry Analyst Pool and worked on financial analysis, models and similar shenanigans for financing transactions for corporates across Europe, Middle East and Africa in industries ranging from Healthcare to Transportation, Consumer and Telecoms. The past two years Oleg has been part of the advisory team to Citi’s Global Portfolio Head for Public Sector where he is involved in some of Citi’s largest transactions with sovereigns, supranationals and sovereign-owned entities around the world. In addition to transactions, his responsibilities extend to work on internal strategy, policy and framework developments within Citi.
In addition to his work in finance, Oleg has an active interest in fintech and entrepreneurship and acts as a mentor to startups within Citi’s Accelerator Program in Tel Aviv.
Rodney Appiah - Rodney's first exposure to the world of finance was at Royal Holloway, co-founding an investment fund that managed to convince cash strapped students to part with £30 on a monthly basis and establish one of UK's first student investment clubs in 2003. Fast forward 12 years and Rodney is an investment professional, board director / observer and former investment banker with over 9 years' experience in leveraged finance, corporate finance and venture capital transactions.
Today, Rodney works for BGF, a £2.5bn investment firm providing capital of between £2m - £10m into fast growing UK companies. As a member of the investment team, Rodney is responsible for originating opportunities in London & South East, leading new transactions and working strategically with management teams on the board to implement their growth plans. Rodney is also responsible for covering Cambridgeshire and supporting BGF's CSR initiatives. Prior to joining BGF, Rodney was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch (now Bank of America Merrill Lynch) and completed over 15 corporate finance transactions ranging from £40m to £3.4bn in size. Sector specialisms include telecom, media and technology, healthcare, consumer retail and defence.
In his spare time, Rodney is a business advisor to a number of start-up businesses, a mentor to aspiring undergraduates seeking to break into the financial industry, a private investor, and a school governor for an East London based Academy overseeing a £2m education budget as chair of the finance committee. Rodney also tries to find the time to develop his property interests and launch his charity, 54 (“FiftyFour”), with his fiancé Raquel.
Alexis Alexandrou graduated with a 1st Class Honours in Joint BSc Mathematics and Economics from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2011 and recently in Advanced Statistics & Matrix Algebra from Harvard University in 2015. Through various internships Alexis gained first hand exposures at Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) and The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to Transaction Services and Markets & International Banking respectively. Upon graduating Alexis joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New-York across both Corporate Treasury and Capital Market functions focusing on EMEA subsidiaries of US based Corporates and Institutions. Alexis later joined Deutsche Bank where he was on the EMEA Securities Lending Origination desk covering FIG clients (including Asset Managers, Pension Funds, SWFs and Banks). He is now in the Group Strategy (AfK) function, where he is responsible for Corporate Strategy, Corporate M&A & Regulatory Strategy in addition to Infrastructure & Transformation Strategy. Alexis is also currently pursuing the CFA Charter. Outside of financial services and academia, Alexis is a keen traveller with a fond love for art, classical music and endurance training - recently completing The London Marathon in 2013 with sights on The New York Marathon in 2016.
Arseni Muliarchyk graduated BSc Management with International Business from Royal Holloway in 2013. Since graduation Arseni has been working in Finance at Barclays Bank and doing his ACA accountancy qualification. Previous internships included GlaxoSmithKline, KPMG, Microsoft.
Inoue Quartier is a Management Consultant from Capco, currently working on a Risk Target Operating Model at Barclays. Inoue completed a BSc Management with International Business from Royal Holloway in 2012, and an MSc from LSE in 2013.
Emma Waplington-Allan, Senior Conduct Risk Manager, Barclays. Emma joined Barclays Bank in 2010 on the Retail Graduate Scheme after graduating from Royal Holloway with a 2:1 in French. As part of the programme, Emma worked in a variety of frontline and head office roles; ranging from Branch management to designing multi-channel, customer relationship management tools.
Emma is now part of the Conduct Risk team and is responsible for co-ordinating Conduct based reporting on behalf of Personal Banking, detailing the progress of embedding good Conduct. which feeds directly into Barclays Board of Directors. She is also responsible for designing and delivering training to circa 30,000 colleagues across Personal Banking to raise awareness of good Conduct and the importance of placing customers at the heart of the strategy and satisfy stringent, regulatory requirements.
Vidal Mehra - Vidal initially began his career in the financial services industry working for a share plan administration firm (Mourant), which later was absorbed by HBOS. After developing his IT skills at Mourant Vidal moved into the City to join the RBS graduate scheme.
Whilst a career in IT beckoned a tour of the trading floor one day changed his career path and from that day onwards he didn’t look back, moving across to the Global Banking and Markets division within RBS and eventually onto the Credit Trading desk itself.
In his time at RBS he managed a market making book, running multiple hundreds of millions of balance sheet exposure trading across a variety of asset classes, specialising in illiquid Financial Bonds.
After RBS, Vidal had a brief stint in a buy-side firm, again focusing predominately on the Global Credit Markets, before moving to Numis Securities where he runs a Fixed Income trading portfolio specialising in illiquid GBP denominated securities.