In your first year at university you have access to plenty of opportunities to find out about technology in finance and employers that recruit graduates in this sector. These include chances to meet and gain work experience with finance employers that are targeted specifically at first years.
On campus your options include careers fairs and presentations from finance employers. Many finance employers also offer open days and internships specifically for first years. Some even offer you the chance to get to know them and what they offer graduates through online games.
Here's a guide to some of these opportunities that will help you most as a first year interested in technology in finance:
Technology in finance for first years: careers fairs
You'll typically find that a good spread of graduate employers in finance 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 technology in finance and finance employers, meet finance graduate recruiters and other employees, and take a few significant steps forward on the path to a career in technology in finance.
Technology in finance for first years: finance employer open days
An finance employer open day gives you the chance to get beyond their website or brochure and find out what working life at the organisation is really like.
On an open day at a finance employer you’ll usually meet employees at the organisation, see their working environment, and be given invaluable information about applying to finance employers and working in technology in finance.
Technology in finance 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 a finance 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 a technology in finance graduate scheme.
First year internships at finance 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.
Technology in finance for first years: university finance societies
University finance societies are an excellent way to get to know more about technology in finance, 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 finance employers specifically for their first year members. Finance societies also usually offer social events sponsored by finance employers and are often attended by representatives from the relevant organisation, which can be a great way to chat to those working in finance 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 technology in finance, such as organisation skills, teamwork and leadership.
Technology in finance for first years: online games
Some finance employers are integrating game playing into the graduate recruitment process, which is a great way to find out about technology in finance and finance in general and build up your skills while in your first year at university.
For example, bank BNP Paribas recently ran two online games for potential new recruits. One was a coding-related exercise specifically for students interested in technology, and the other an adventure game where players encountered virtual bankers and clients online who guided them through finance-related challenges.