In your first year at university you have access to plenty of opportunities to find out about careers in asset management and asset management employers. These include chances to meet and gain work experience with asset management employers that are targeted specifically at first years.

On campus your options include careers fairs and presentations from graduate employers in asset management. Many graduate employers in asset management also offer internships specifically for first years. 

Here's a guide to some of these opportunities that will help you most as a first year interested in asset management:

Asset management for first years: careers fairs

You'll typically find that a good spread of graduate employers in asset management will have a stall at a university careers fair and here you'll find both graduate recruiters and other employees.

Careers fairs are a great way for first years to find out about careers in asset management and asset management employers, meet asset management graduate recruiters and other employees, and take a few significant steps forward on the path to a career in asset management.

Asset management for first years: first year internships 

These internships are available to first year undergraduates and take place in the university holidays over a short period of time, typically one or two weeks. 

They give first year students an insight into what it’s like working for an asset management employer and often pave the way for a career there as successful students may be shortlisted for a longer penultimate year internship and subsequently a place on an asset management graduate scheme.

First year internships at asset management employers usually involve a mixture of workshops, case studies, presentations, work shadowing and networking opportunities, where you can meet employees and find out more about the organisation's culture.

Asset management for first years: university finance societies

University finance societies are an excellent way to get to know more about asset management, meet potential employers, and develop your skills. Most are open to students interested in working in finance studying any subject, and your first year is an ideal time to get involved as it allows you to make the most of what your finance society can offer you.

Most finance societies arrange presentations from asset management firms and other finance employers specifically for their first year members. Finance societies also usually offer social events sponsored by asset management firms and other finance employers and are often attended by representatives from the relevant firm, which can be a great way to chat to those working in asset management about their jobs in a relatively informal environment. 

Playing a significant role on your finance society management committee, which is easiest to achieve if you start working your way up in your first year, is a great way to develop skills that will be useful in a career in asset management, such as organisation skills, teamwork and leadership.