Banking Sector Guide

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  • Banks play a key role in a country’s financial stability and help enable the economy to function efficiently.
  • The UK is one of the world’s leading centres for banking. It is the largest exporter of financial services in the world and its banking sector is the largest in Europe.
  • Technology is playing an increasingly critical role and STEM students are particularly sought after.
  • FinTech innovations, including online banking, mobile app-based banking and contactless technology, have transformed the way that consumers and businesses buy, sell and manage their finances.
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Financial Services
Sponsored by Admiral
  • Admiral is a passionate, profitable and fast-growing financial services company.
  • It provides car insurance, home insurance, loans and various other products to 7 million customers worldwide.
  • Admiral delivers effective solutions and continuously launches new brands and products.
  • Its philosophy is that people who enjoy what they do, do it better – which is why it is dedicated to making Admiral a happy place to work.
  • Graduates tend to join Admiral directly into a graduate analyst role, or through its data/analytics graduate programme.

Admiral Hub on Gradcracker

Life at Admiral is quite different from what you might expect from a typical financial services company. Its purpose-built offices and relaxed dress code are some of the ways it stands out from its peers – you can find out more about this on Admiral’s Gradcracker hub.

Fantastic opportunities

They are officially one of the nation’s best companies to work for – and, on their ‘Employee Benefits’ page, you can find out why. From their range of rewards to their very own Admiral Academy, there is plenty in it for you as an Admiral employee.

Build a foundation

If you’re thinking about joining Admiral as a graduate, but want to find out more, you can listen to Admiral graduates talk about their experiences so far. Head to their ‘Videos’ page to get an insight into what life is like.

Admiral believes in an informal, team-spirited environment where people pull together and have fun. For an exciting place to launch your career, choose Admiral.

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Sponsored by Barclays
  • Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.
  • It has over 330 years of history and expertise in banking and operates in over 40 countries.
  • Its people contribute to digital advancements and solve complex financial challenges.
  • In technology, they are responsible for a constant stream of initiatives, ranging from supporting companies who specialise in carbon capture, to cyber security.
  • They’ll support you, train you and develop you to provide the best possible experience, service and solutions.

Barclays Hub on Gradcracker

If you’re interested in working for Barclays, your first step is to find out what opportunities they have open. Barclays offers insight events, summer internships and graduate opportunities – at various points throughout the year. You can read more about these on their Gradcracker hub.

At the heart of innovation

From their 24/7 command centre in Knutsford, near Manchester, to their offices in the vibrant and buzzing city of Glasgow, their unique and innovative spaces are great places to work. Visit Barclays’ ‘Locations’ page to find out more about where
you could be based.

Put your best foot forward

For those of you who are thinking about applying, Barclays’ hub is home to some fantastic advice from the company’s Technology recruiters. Discover how you can prepare for their recruitment process.

At Barclays, you’ll be at the heart of innovative solutions to complex banking problems. If you value hard work, are forward-looking, and always aim for perfection, there’s a place for you to begin your career at Barclays.

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Investment Banking
Sponsored by Bank of America
  • Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, providing advice and services in more than 35 countries worldwide.
  • Its teams consist of banking, markets & finance; technology & operations; and business support functions.
  • It has 66 million customers, ranging from individuals, to businesses, to governments, and it has been building meaningful connections for almost a century.
  • Bank of America aims to help make people’s financial lives better.
  • Every year, they recruit graduates who can bring fresh ideas and new perspectives.

Bank of America Hub on Gradcracker

Bank of America was ranked as one of the “100 Best companies to Work For” by Fortune magazine – you can find out why on their Gradcracker hub. Head to their ‘Life at the Bank’ page to get a feel for what it’s like to work at Bank of America.

Transform every day

On their ‘Videos’ page, you can discover the kinds of career growth opportunities Bank of America offers. You can also hear what its employees are doing to help shape the world of technology.

Be in the best position to succeed

If you’re thinking about applying, there’s plenty of content to help you put together an impressive application. Find out what Bank of America is looking for, and what their recruitment process involves.

Be at the forefront of the future of banking, with the ability to make financial lives better and the power to make a difference.

For a career where you can make an impact, join Bank of America.

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Retail & Commercial Banking
  • Lloyds Banking Group is a leading UK-based financial services group focused on retail and commercial customers.
  • The Group has 26 million customers and is the UK’s largest retail and digital bank.
  • Its portfolio covers banking, insurance, retirement planning and every aspect of financial need.
  • The Group has many household brands such as Lloyds Bank, Halifax, Bank of Scotland and Scottish Widows.
  • It has served Britain through its products and services for more than 320 years.

Lloyds Banking Group Hub on Gradcracker

There are many things that make the Group a unique place to work – from the scale of their business, to their open-minded culture, to their use of emerging technologies. To learn more about why you should join them, visit the ‘Why Work Here?’ page on Lloyds Banking Group’s Gradcracker hub.

Help us build the bank of the future

The Group’s recruitment process is designed to give all applicants the opportunity to excel. You can view the company’s step-by-step guide on how to apply on their hub. You’ll even find some application tips to help you succeed!

Careers with real impact

‘Graduate FAQs’ has the answers to a huge range of questions – covering topics such as eligibility, the application and assessment processes, and information about their graduate schemes.

At Lloyds Banking Group, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn, grow and develop. Start your career with them and make a real impact through your work.

Visit the Lloyds Banking Group Hub
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