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    (Original post by Abdul-Karim)
    I reckon if you're an ethnic minority//LGBT/Woman with decent academics, it's the best time to pursue a career in banking. If you make it onto schemes such as SEO/Rare/Brokerage, you get a solid footing with networking events and they guide you through the etiquettes of the corporate industry, assist with polishing your CV and interview skills etc.. Banks are so open to diversity nowadays, it's worthwhile capitalising on. It is positive discrimination but I think without these schemes I wouldn't have ever been looking into banking as a potential career option.

    I certainly wouldn't have been able to handle the recruitment process by myself. I don't have any family/friends in the corporate industry to guide me on what to do and how to impress. However, being provided with these services has given me the chance to network and explore options for myself. I certainly think these are good outreach programmes for people like me who would've otherwise been clueless.

    Being a candidate on these programmes doesn't gaurantee you anything. However, the support in terms of interviews/presenting yourself is second to none which gives candidates all the relevant knowledge, that if they put time into it, they can do as well as the rest of the competition. The thing is, candidates have similar grades and uni names, however went to sub-par state schools and don't know much about careers etc.. and it's daunting knowing that you're against the best of the best. So that extra hand up is vital to the success of many.
    Positive (affirmative) action : http://www.diversitytoolkit.org.uk/glossary/_P/
    From what I have heard of SEO

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    Wait so how important is having contacts? If I have none will I be okay?

    (Original post by quamquam)
    Wait so how important is having contacts? If I have none will I be okay?
    Yes. Network for yourself at your university career events, insight days etc..
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