Operations is a lesser known but excellent option for bright graduates interested in Finance. Many of the top graduate recruiters in this sector look for analysts and interns, such as Credit Suisse or HSBC. So, check out our Bright Guide, and see if this career is the one you'll love.
What is it?
Operations refers to the “back office” role of ensuring the business activities are conducted as efficiently as possible. It’s not the same as the “middle office” roles of IT or Accountancy, but refers to tasks such as the clearing of trades or the management of cash.
Why is it used?
Operations plays the vital role of ensuring the delivery of services to clients, so while the division does not generate revenue itself, it’s still critical to a Bank’s successful performance.
Why is it a good career?
Operations is a complex world of balancing stake holders, priorities, regulations and collateral. It’s a truly global role with high levels of variety. It’s also a rare insight into the true workings of a financial organisation.
Who would enjoy it?
Operations attracts different talent to Front Office roles so it’s important to distinguish the two. Typically, a graduate will love Operations if they like working on group projects rather than in silos, if they like analytical and logical problems and are risk aware. A good trait is also stubbornness, an Operations professional is the one who has the power to say no to internal demands.
How to impress on an application
Recruiters will be looking for proof of analytical skills at university, in your academic or social life. If a graduate has held a position of responsibility in a society, especially one where the finances are at stake, they’ll stand out from the crowd.
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