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    Hey, I'm currently a first-year undergraduate at Warwick University studying A&F, but I've done nothing in preparation for anything in terms of outside studies. I hear people talking about placements, internships and summer jobs and I haven't got a clue where to begin as I've just been focusing on the course modules. I also have no idea where I'd like to be in the future which sucks even more since i don't even know what area of this sector I'm interested in. I know I'm pretty damn late to this and I've only started to panic now. I have really no work experience at all and my CV is in pretty poor shape, so I'm really at a complete disadvantage.

    Where should I begin?

    Don't beat yourself down - it's perfectly fine to not know which direction you are going in. Sometimes the journey will show you which way you need to go, for others they need to go through a few *****y jobs to find something they consider a career. My advice is to not get bogged down in CV filling and focus on the parts of the course you enoy the most. Maybe look into work or experience you could gain after you find the rut you fit into best.

    Last thing, bear in mind you are unlikely to find something you immediately fit into 100%, you can be into multiple things or none at all - it'll come mate.

    Chill out, you're only in your first year!

    A good place to start would be thinking about which modules/aspects of your degree you enjoy. Other than that, research is your best friend. Find out as much as you can about different roles and you'll naturally find some more appealing than others. There's a lot of information out there and you've already narrowed your search down to the financial sector so you're not completely lost. Here are a few links that may help:


    When you've found something that tickles your fancy, do a bit more in depth research. Find out who the employers in that area are, what they look for, the typical route into that area and so on and so forth. Just reading threads on the relevant TSR career sub-forums can be quite insightful.

    You're a bit late and you've missed first year internships/insight schemes but it's not the end of the world. In fact, let it motivate you to kill the career game from now on. Like yeah you missed a few first year application deadlines, but now you're going to improve your CV and smash those second year internship applications when they come around. Your degree is important but as you already know, it's pretty much useless on its own. Get some finance related work experience during the summer (this is easier if you live in a big city or can travel to one), take advantage of the opportunities available to you at uni, join societies (I've heard good things about Warwick's finance societies) pick up an EC activity or two, and start building your 'commercial awareness'. Good luck!

    You'll be fine bro. I'm studying A&F @ University of Surrey. I'm in my 3rd year out of 4 (doing a placement year, working as a Finance Intern).

    Firstly, having Warwick on your CV will do you well. Over the summer perhaps try and get some relevant work experience (or any work experience) and read a little about possible summer internships (or placement years) you could apply for next year.

    You're really not in a bad position at all, not sure why you're worried. Just make sure you get a 2:1 and you'll be a-okay!
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