Graduate jobs within the banking industry are a thriving part of the sectors workforce and economy.
Some of the world's largest banking firms have been named within the top 100 graduate employers, including investment banking giants Goldman Sachs, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and Morgan Stanley.
The financial services have long been the graduate's industry of choice, with the sector attracting more young talent than any other. This is thanks to the attractive, tailor-made traineeships for former university students, the dedication to nurturing their careers and the impressive salaries that are involved (median of about £38,200). Despite the upheaval of the banking industry's reputation in recent years, it remains a huge draw for staff.
Competition is fierce and applicants are advised to begin their entries to schemes in good time, ensuring plenty of research and interview practice are undertaken.
Recruitment agencies look for graduates up and down the country, and, while the demand is there is most cities in the UK, the City of London is the financial centre and hub for the most ambitious employment seekers.
Impressive self-starters are what employers look for, with desirable numeracy and analytical skills being second-to-none. The environment in banking is fast-paced and pressurised, with great financial rewards for the long hours expected.