The investment bank graduate recruiting timeline, from Imperial College

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The investment bank graduate recruiting timeline, from Imperial College

If you're a student wondering about application deadlines and the recruitment timeline for jobs in investment banks, London's Imperial College has issued a new 2020-2021 careers guide for its students instructing them what they should be doing and when.  

If you're an EMEA student whose university is less organized, the guide should prove informative. We've added their advised timeline below. If you haven't started already, it's not too late to begin. The timeline applies to all industries, banks included. We've adapted it slightly for students who can't access the Imperial system. 

What to do as a first year student 

September: Start creating your CV and online profile.

October: Join university clubs and societies relevant to the career you're interested in. Check spring and summer internship application deadlines. 

November: Submit spring and summer internship applications. Attend CV and application workshops.

December: Keep submitting applications. Keep attending workshops.

January: Look for volunteering opportunities or part time work. Look for summer work or work experience.

February: Look for work-shadowing applications at Easter. 

March: Spring insight programmes take place. Keep looking for summer work experience if you don't have some already.

April: Same as March.

May: Try to get some work-shadowing.

Summer: Work experience and summer internships. If you don't have either, look for volunteering opportunities and part time work.

What to do as a second year student 

September: Update your CV and profile with the summer's work experience. Check deadlines for summer and Easter internships.

October: Attend careers events and workshops. Prepare/submit summer internship and year in industry/industrial placement applications.

November: Same as October, but also prepare for interviews and psychometric tests. (See our guide to Hirevue interviews and Pymetrics).

December: Same as October, but also submit applications for summer internships with early deadlines.

January: Try to finalize summer internship plans.

February: As January.

March: If you don't have a summer internship, start applying speculatively to small and medium sized enterprises (companies) without official programmes. Spring Insight weeks take place.

April: Spring Insight weeks take place. Keep looking for internships with smaller companies.

May: Look for work shadowing opportunities. Keep trying to finalize a summer internship.

Summer: Hopefully a work placement or internship.

What to do as a third year student 

September: Check deadlines for full time graduate places. Update CV/profile with summer experience.

October: Meet employers in virtual events or on campus. Consider further study options (a Masters Programme can allow you to line up an internship in the summer and go through the application process again).

November: Prepare for interviews, assessment centres, and psychometric tests. 

December: Attend career workshops and events. Submit early applications for graduate places. Prepare for interviews, assessment centres and psychometric tests. 

January: Continue to submit graduate applications.

February: If you don't already have a job lined up, consider applying directly for roles that are not part of a graduate scheme.

March: Most graduate application deadlines have passed. Start submitting applications to smaller companies if you don't have a role lined-up.

April: Keep submitting applications to smaller companies.

Good luck.

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