What is your perception of working for a bank/financial services firm and
does the culture appeal to you?
My perception of working in the finical services industry is one where
the workers are involved in an intense and fast-paced environment. This
sort of working environment inevitably comes with a certain degree of
stress, and I would say this is even more the case in the financial services
industry given the amount of money employees are sometimes dealing
with and the importance of the tasks they may be undertaking. On top
of this, I perceive the financial services industry as ‘cut throat’ i.e. one
where mistakes are not tolerated and the consequences for such mistakes
are very big. I would say, on the whole, the financial services industry’s
culture is one that appeals to me as I am someone who enjoys working
under pressure. On top of this I prefer a working environment in which
you can see the difference you are making to the company or even to the
individual team you are working in and I believe this is the case with the
financial services industry.
How much do you know about financial technology firms - who are developing technologies around artificial intelligence, blockchain (the underlying
technology behind bitcoin) and roboadvisers? Does the idea of working for
a start-up technology company appeal to you?
I know very little about financial technology firms. The extent of my
knowledge on this field stretches as far as knowing that the big investment banks are not investing heavily in the advancement of Fin Tech.
Does a job with a company like Apple, Google or Facebook appeal to you?
As someone that isn’t hugely into technology, this aspect doesn’t overly
appeal to me. However, I have heard the working environments at the
mentioned companies are very good, and so I wouldn’t actively be opposed to working at these companies.
Name: Daniel Paul
University: Durham University
Course: Philosophy and Theology
5 things you would be looking for from a prospective employer:
Opportunities for advancement
Opportunities for travel
I prefer a working
which you can see
you are making.