Tag: Front Office

Beyond the CFA and MBA: 13 other qualifications for jobs in banking

You want to break into banking. Do you really need to study the CFA or MBA to achieve that?

The truth about the banking pay premium

Banks say they are clamping down on excessive pay, and yet those in the industry expect salary rises of up to 30% in order to move jobs. Is this realistic?

Does it really matter that you’re not joining an investment bank in the front office?

You're joining an investment bank when you leave university. Does it really matter than you're not going directly into a prestigious front office role?

Beware the back office at Barclays (and maybe also at RBS)

Bankers at both Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland are living under clouds cooked up by their senior managers. In February 2014, the chief executives of both banks…

Successful strategies for escaping the back office

“I’ve always been interested in financial markets, but like a lot of people I was slow to appreciate the careers on offer in the industry. I only became…

The secrets of moving from mediocre investment banker to negotiation guru

Just because you work in an investment banking advisory position, doesn’t mean you’re a rain-maker. Clawing your way up the career ladder is one thing, but are you…

Diary of a back office intern: 75% of front office interns got an offer, and 100% of the back office

It’s all over and the results are in. As you might recall from one of my previous entries, the vast majority of middle office and back office interns…

Diary of a back office intern: Checking my phone could cost me my place

It’s a weird observation to make, but people keep getting me mixed up with one of the two other Johns that sit in my immediate area, with my…

Diary of an IBD intern: Senior bankers are the least politically correct

I’ve been looking forward to week four for a while. Why? Pay day. As superficial as it may sound, it’s the primary reason anybody works in a bank.…

Diary of a back office intern: We haven’t stayed past 5.20pm

‘This week has been gruelling. Monday 9PM. Tuesday 12AM. Wednesday 3AM. Thursday 4AM. Friday 11PM. Saturday 1PM. Sunday, lots of sleep.’  My sympathies are with my ‘Diary of…

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