Investment Banking

Graduate Programme

Why invest in our graduate investment banking programme?

Today’s investment banking graduate recruitment market is tougher than ever. Since 2012, Goldman Sachs have seen applications rise by 40% to 250,000 a year. The success rate for both JP Morgan and Citibank hovers around 2%. It has never been more important to stand out from the crowd.

Designed by a former Goldman Sachs / Bank of America Merrill Lynch Recruitment Manager, and an ex-City trader and broker. City CV has developed an investment banking graduate application formula that works. Among our international industry awards, we have won Best Graduate CV, Best International CV and Best Finance CV. Our graduate, internship and postgraduate clients have seen rapid success.


Expertise and experience:

Our dedicated Banking and Financial Services team comprises financial services professionals who understand the nuances and technicalities of the sector. Their credentials include time spent in front and back office in Investment Banking, Markets, Wealth Management and Asset Management, including roles in DCM, ECM, trading, broking, research, analysis, private equity, corporate banking and insurance, plus experience recruiting into these roles.

We can also support students who are looking to enter careers in any of the above areas, not just those targeting Investment Banking.


Industry insight:

City CV writers and coaches are experts with detailed knowledge of financial products and markets. They have worked across the buyside and the sellside at Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BlackRock, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Mercury Asset Management, Fidelity, Macquarie, Gartmore, ICAP, Sumitomo and Credit Agricole.


Proven track record:

City CV investment banking graduates have secured roles at firms including Citi, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, BNP Paribas, Barclays, JPM,Deutsche, BNY Mellon, Fidelity, Glencore, Lazard, Trafigura, StateStreet, PwC, EY, UBS, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Deloitte, EY, BlackRock, BAML and Nomura.

Are you application ready?

Don’t leave your career to chance. Our intensive investment banking graduate programmes are ideal for students from first to final year, MSc, MBA and beyond. Whether you are applying for a financial services graduate role, spring week or internship, you can rely on us. We have helped thousands of graduates succeed.

Your coaching programme with an experienced banking/finance expert will guide you on how to craft a highly-effective CV, LinkedIn profile and graduate cover letters, a key part of the application process, and essential to get right. We provide you with the tools you need to secure your target graduate job or internship.

Of course getting through to interview is just the first step. Getting a job offer will all come down to how you perform on the day. Our longer coaching programmes will provide you with all of the above PLUS a number of hours of industry-specific interview training. This will provide the preparation and techniques you will need to successfully manage the rigorous interview process. It’s your one opportunity to really show what you’re made of, impress and achieve that all important job offer. We will work with you to improve your eloquence, overcome interview anxiety, and increase your personal credibility, gravitas and impact to demonstrate that you are a perfect fit for the role.

If you need any advice, we are just a phone call away:

“From your excellent help, I have managed to land the Retail Banking and Wealth Management graduate scheme with HSBC to start later this year!

(And I also managed to get through to the Santander Corporate Banking graduate scheme assessment centre in February!)

My confidence in both my own abilities and being able to present myself in interview really grew and I can’t thank you enough for this.”

GG, Graduate

“The interview coaching package is more helpful than I thought. After I failed one interview after another, I bought an interview coaching package from City CV.

With your help I built my interview strategy, spotted my mistakes during interviews, learnt how to tell my story and can respond almost any competency question confidently.

I would not have obtained the offer from Deutsche Bank without your help.

I really appreciate the help I received from City CV and would highly recommend City CV to anyone who wants to improve his/her interview skills and success rate.”

XS, Accounting Graduate

Our Approach

Stage 1: Career Strategy

For students who are unsure of their target industry or career route, this initial stage helps to clarify thinking so that you know you are moving in the right direction. With specific industry and hiring expertise, your dedicated coach will work with you to identify your strengths, opportunities and career goals.

Together, we match your skills with available roles to correctly position you in the marketplace. Your coach will be your sounding board, allowing you to determine clear targets, companies and graduate schemes. We understand the complexities of today’s graduate job market to give you total clarity on what motivates you and how your strengths translate into employability.

Many of our students already know their target role and jump straight to stage 2, using their coaching hours in stages 3 and 4.

Stage 2: Marketing Strategy 

CV | LinkedIn Profile | Graduate Cover Letter / Graduate Application Writing Coaching

It’s crucial that your documents illustrate your skills, commercial value and ‘fit’ to make the shortlist. We know how to make this happen.

Your coach will help you to gather all the information needed for you to write your own keyword-optimised banking CV, graduate cover letter and LinkedIn profile. All the essentials required to secure that coveted interview. We have the insider knowledge and finance expertise to help you beat the competition and put down on paper exactly what graduate recruiters and business leaders want to see.

Stage 3: Job Search Strategy

Job hunting can sometimes result in a scattergun approach. We ensure your search is at its most productive with focused, proven strategies to steer you through the complex recruitment process, and bring precision to your search.  We show you how to optimise your usage of LinkedIn to enhance your digital brand and engage with decision makers to build relationships that will enrich your search.

City CV provides individualised help for your investment banking applications. This could include helping you to write your JPM and Goldman Sachs 300-word graduate statement, further job application writing plus coaching and additional graduate / internship IB cover letters.

Stage 4: Interview Strategy

Interview diagnostics | Mock Interview | Self-promotion, motivation, academic & professional achievements | Competency & behavioural interview answers |  Interview etiquette, communication & body language | Overcome interview anxiety | Questions you should ask | Specific research | Online interviews | Assessment centres

You’ve secured your interview. Now is your one opportunity to show what you’re really made of, impress and secure that important job offer. Designed by a former top tier investment banking recruiter, the City CV programme focuses on the entire interview process.

Your personal interview coach will tailor every element of the programme to you, your experience and chosen career direction. Whether you are applying to work in investment banking, asset management, Big Four, hedge funds or private equity this programme will improve your chances of interview success.

Career Refinery
Portal & App

City CV’s Investment Banking Graduate programme is underpinned by our Career Refinery Portal & App.

This bespoke app includes weekly, live, careers-focused masterclasses, a database of over 25,000 recruiters, an advanced LinkedIn networking tool, e-learning, personal branding advice, hundreds of videos and articles, and a full range of interactive tools, with ongoing support to help you secure your first role.

Call +44 (0)20 7100 6656 or email our expert team to discuss your career transformation.

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