Careers in finance

The financial sector includes a vast range of highly desirable career pathways, which is why many of our students aspire to work in this area. As the rewards are high, the competition for graduate jobs is fierce so achieving a competitive edge is crucial to your success. Our dedicated approach to financial careers support is designed to provide you with relevant insight, specialist expertise and knowledge of hiring practices to help you achieve success.

Specialist Careers Coaching

Standing out in the competitive financial sector requires a deep understanding of the organisations that operate within it. That's why we've partnered with a financial careers coach, Paul McCormick, who has more than 30 years' experience at several leading investment banks and financial technology institutions including Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Barclays and Thomson Reuters.

Together, we've created a unique package of specialist financial careers support that sets LUMS apart from other institutions, with an excellent track record for helping LUMS students secure placements, internships and graduate programmes with Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and many more.

Our support includes:

  • Access to the LUMS Financial Career Insight Series
  • Personalised advice on sector, company and roles
  • CV and cover letter development, tailored to the "City"
  • Application review
  • Company and sector insight to explain reasons for choice at interview
  • Insight into financial industry trends and challenges
  • Mock interviews and assessment centre preparation based on current hiring practices and interview techniques used by financial firms today.

Student success stories:

"Opening City Doors and Paul McCormick helped me prepare for every step of the recruitment process but most importantly made me realise what employers really look for. Paul McCormick is a markets professional and that makes the difference." Konstantina Kalantzi, MSc Advanced Financial Analysis

“What differentiates Paul from other career coaches is his extensive market knowledge. He knows the industry inside-out and is an excellent teacher who’s always happy to answer any of your queries however urgent they may be. I managed to secure an internship in a tier 1 financial institution and all the credit for it goes to Mr McCormick. I am very lucky to have been working with him and I will always value his advice”.  Dominika Stylinska, Accounting & Finance


Professional Skills Advantage

Our courses are designed to provide you with the specialist skills that are most valuable to prospective employers. Connect to real-time global stock market data using our suite of Bloomberg Professional terminals, and learn how to use key data platforms to enhance your employability. If you have ambitions to become a financial or investment analyst, our module in financial analysis is closely connected to the Level 1 syllabus of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) examinations. We also offer dedication support in preparation for this exam, in partnership with Fitch Learning, giving you a key advantage to achieving this globally recognised qualification.