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WOMEN CAN EXCEL IN INVESTMENT BANKING ROLES

Posted on 08/08/2018

Even though it shouldn’t be something that needs to be said in 2018, it is important to emphasise that women can excel in investment banking roles. No matter the perceptions some people have about investment banking roles, or the pressure of front office work, there is no reason why women cannot succeed in this line of work and there are many fantastic examples of companies who have thrived by ensuring they have the right person for the job, regardless of gender.

However, as with many things in life, if women want to succeed, they usually must prove themselves to be much better than their male counterparts. This is unfair, and hopefully it will change, but now, women looking to be a success in investment banking roles need to put in the demanding work and effort that shows they are suitable for the job. At City Wharf Financial Recruitment, we believe that women can excel in investment banking roles and we are pleased to offer some tips and guidance to getting on in this sector.

NETWORKING IS ESSENTIAL IN THE INVESTMENT BANKING SECTOR

It is essential that women network. This means getting out and about at careers fairs, at events, at events focused on supporting women in banking and being members of societies. Doing this as early as possible is of benefit because it helps women meet more people, it provides a platform for knowing what you need to learn, and it can be inspirational. Knowing that people like you have achieved a level of success that you aspire to can be uplifting and influential on your own dreams, and therefore, networking is such an important task for women looking to break into the industry.

Networking is also hugely important for developing confidence and knowing how to engage and interact with people. Front office work is dependent on developing relationships with people and firms. You must engage other people, but you also need to seal deals and conclude arrangements. The more confidence you have in dealing with people, the easier it will be for you to succeed with this line of work and networking can lay the ground rules for this style of work.

BRING YOUR OWN PERSONALITY TO THE FORE

Given that personality is crucial, and that this personality should blend in with the company culture, it is best for women to develop their own style that they are confident in. For a long term, there was a feeling that women looking to succeed in business would need to develop masculine traits, but this this isn’t the case. It is possible for women to be true to themselves and their own personality while still fitting in with a company culture and pleasing clients. Not every company is going to be the ideal fit for a woman, but this is the same for men. Reviewing the companies you want to work for and finding employers that sound like a good mesh for your skills and personality is a sensible idea for everyone but getting this aspect right can significantly help women succeed in investment baking roles.

Investment banking companies are looking for the best people for the role, and this means that women are in demand. If you want help in finding the job that is right for you, come and speak with City Wharf Financial Recruitment and we will do our best to assist you.

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