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    I am a second year CS undergrad - I was wondering if my third year project would affect my internship/job applications. E.g. I decide to undertake a project in Image Processing and apply to a banking firm for an internship - would that matter?
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    Yes and no. It depends on the company and the role really. Some companies are quite lenient and look at everything you have done at uni or other work experience. Some companies look for as much technical experience as you have so you can perform in the role well, and banking can be quite competitive so keep that in mind.

    You just did Computer Science and want to get into banking? That's quite a jump.
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    Well, I am in second year, and even in banking I prefer the technology division. So was just curious before finalising my project.

    Thanks anyway
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    You just did Computer Science and want to get into banking? That's quite a jump.
    Why?

    All that data that the banks use to base their decisions on etc, who do you think is working on the databases to set it up? Who is working on the big data analytics/data mining projects, analytics software etc etc. Banks need software/data analytics experts and there are a lot of comp. sci. students working in banks, either in a comp. sci. role in the software/tech departments, or in a quantitative role. Given the large amount of maths/stats and data analytics associated with comp. sci. degrees, it really isn't that much of a jump at all.
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    (Original post by Et Tu, Brute?)
    Why?

    All that data that the banks use to base their decisions on etc, who do you think is working on the databases to set it up? Who is working on the big data analytics/data mining projects, analytics software etc etc. Banks need software/data analytics experts and there are a lot of comp. sci. students working in banks, either in a comp. sci. role in the software/tech departments, or in a quantitative role. Given the large amount of maths/stats and data analytics associated with comp. sci. degrees, it really isn't that much of a jump at all.
    I misread OP, I thought they wanted to get into like an actual banking role (e.g. accounting), which would be a different field to what they did at uni.
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    (Original post by britindian)
    Well, I am in second year, and even in banking I prefer the technology division. So was just curious before finalising my project.
    pick something that interests you and that you enjoy working on. Final year (for me at at least a lot of other I've met on here and at uni) has been a horrible grind where I've just about had enough of uni and lost a lot of motivation. I highly recommend that you pick an enjoyable topic so you'll be easily motivated to work on it throughout the entire year.
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    (Original post by Et Tu, Brute?)
    Why?

    All that data that the banks use to base their decisions on etc, who do you think is working on the databases to set it up? Who is working on the big data analytics/data mining projects, analytics software etc etc. Banks need software/data analytics experts and there are a lot of comp. sci. students working in banks, either in a comp. sci. role in the software/tech departments, or in a quantitative role. Given the large amount of maths/stats and data analytics associated with comp. sci. degrees, it really isn't that much of a jump at all.
    Yes indeed ! So while they recruit summer interns/graduates, does the third year project have to be something relevant or doesn't really matter?
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    Yes indeed ! So while they recruit summer interns/graduates, does the third year project have to be something relevant or doesn't really matter?
    Depends on who you look at it. Getting a job is more about how you sell yourself when given the opportunity than anything else. Real world work experience is totally different to the project you'll work on at university, the uni knowledge is useful for the theory/background and does help, but you'll do a lot more on the job learning than you'd probably expect. Employers will generally know this and take into account that they're not expecting anyone to come in to a job and know what to do right away/be an expert at what they're doing.

    Picking a topic relevant to the banking industry will show that you have an interest in it and this will give you something to take about on your cover letter/application questions and your CV, not to mention something to discuss in any interviews you'd get. So in that sense, having a banking related project will help strengthen your application as you'd have something relevant to take about.

    But do large employers (eg banks) actually care about the topic of the project, probably not to be honest. But if you've got nothing to demonstrate an interest in banking then that could well cost you. That said there are other ways to go about getting that, I'm sure there are other coursework modules you can relate somewhat to banking, join a society at uni that relates to it somehow, online trading etc.

    That said, the smaller and more niche employers would probably be the ones who'd care more about your project as they'd be looking for a more specialised graduate. Thus chances are at smaller companies you'd could be dealing with people higher up the company ranks (owners, CTO etc) who know exactly what it is they are after, with larger companies, the HR staff will be much more disconnected from the companies specific goals (partly due to the fact they have so many diverse goals) and don't necessarily know what they want in a graduate (asides from anything listed in the jobs specifics). The large employers, in my opinion, wouldn't care as much and it would come down to how to sell yourself more than project specifics.

    PS, just a disclaimer. I don't do comp. sci. But I did apply for some tech related roles are big consultancy/banking related firms.
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