London-based Financial Careers Specialist helps students into City placements

Paul McCormick

25 July 2016

LUMS students are benefiting from having a London-based financial careers expert.

Graduate recruiter Paul McCormick, of Opening City Doors, has been appointed as a specialised LUMS Careers Consultant and has been working with students aspiring to work in the City.

Competition for opportunities in financial careers is amongst the most intense in the whole of the graduate jobs market. Paul has been advising students on ways to stand out during the selection process and has already been successful in helping student hopefuls secure placements.

Dominika Stylinksa (BSc Hons Accounting & Finance (Industry)), who secured a place as a Fixed Income Analyst with UBS Asset Management in London, said: “The complexities of Fixed Income Trading felt quite daunting to me as I prepared to apply for my internship, but that is where I found Paul’s expert and considered advice to be most useful.

“Paul helped me to fill the gaps in my bond market knowledge, and helped me to prepare to be able to answer the most difficult interview questions. I credit my successful application to his hard work and commitment.

“I hope that my placement with UBS will be my first step towards a career in the financial industry.”

Manni Jutla, (BSc Economics (Industry)) has recently begun a Finance Analyst placement with Morgan Stanley. He said: “Paul McCormick was of great assistance during my application process, from proof‑reading my applications to tethering my CV to the standards of a tier one banking institution, and providing useful advice for all types of interviews.

“My lack of experience at interview and in the application process in general was certainly made up for by the advice I received both from Paul and from the LUMS Careers Team.”

Paul said: "I have been delighted to join the LUMS team and help provide a bridge between the university and employment in the City of London and help differentiate LUMS versus other universities in this manner. It has been really great to work with highly qualified and motivated students.

“A big thanks to all those who have helped with my easy integration into the LUMS way of life!"

Louise Briggs, Head of Careers, Alumni and Employer Relations, said: “We are delighted to have secured Paul’s expertise in this highly competitive industry. Working with the dedicated careers team in LUMS Paul is able to add real value to the service we can offer our highly ambitious students."