Tag: Front Office

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 MO & BO interns were going…

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

My sympathies lie with my ‘Diary of an IBD Intern’ counterpart this week, as well as my front office friends in the intern pool. I haven’t really stayed…

A depressing account of life in operations, from someone who wanted to be a trader

If you’re a student who wants to be a trader, but you still haven’t found a place on an investment bank’s graduate or internship trader training programme  and…

Is an accounting qualification genuinely still a route into front office investment banking?

Back in the day, if you failed to get into a front office investment banking job (in this case corporate finance or equity research) as a fresh graduate,…

GUEST COMMENT: It’s time to get realistic and apply for the job in the back office

Let’s face it: banking has lost its shine. Under the searing heat of the sovereign debt crisis, bonus pools have become puddles and we are all at risk…

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