Many companies now offer first year students work experience, called variously "insight days", "first year internships", or "spring internships".
This allows companies to meet students early and funnel people they like into graduate employment.
Internships are often in the summer, and offer a way to get formal training and work experience.
If you are a postgraduate on an MBA, some firms offer special "Associate's Internships"
Placements are year long work programmes you undertake while studying
These structured train-while-you-work schemes provide a good way into the banking sector
Undergraduate schemes are often called Analyst Programmes, while some companies offer specialised Associates Programmes for MBA graduates
Databases of firms can be useful for finding work with small organisations, and making speculative applications
Here are a few specialist recruiters and job listing sites for this sector
Sharia-approved banking schemes are available in the UK, and some companies have openings for graduates in this field
GradDiary advertises a wide range of opportunities for getting into banking, here's a calendar of upcoming deadlines:
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