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Doing a history degree at top uni, when applying for jobs: how many sectors can you apply for? is it at all feasible to apply for investment banking at a number of top banks, as well as jobs in accountancy, consulting (and possibly more) in case you dont get into an offer in one sector or another? Or are you pretty much forced into picking a specific career at this point?
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Doing a history degree at top uni, when applying for jobs: how many sectors can you apply for? is it at all feasible to apply for investment banking at a number of top banks, as well as jobs in accountancy, consulting (and possibly more) in case you dont get into an offer in one sector or another? Or are you pretty much forced into picking a specific career at this point?
In finance, the degree you study is irrelevant so long as you have relevant experience and transferrable skills. Except high finance (e.g. trading, investment banking), the uni you go to don't matter much and you should focus on securing work experience throghout the 3 years of uni. Going to a top uni unfortunately isn't enough to land a grad job.

The first question you should ask yourself should be what sort of industry you want to work for, then research what entry level jobs are there in that industry (as well as which jobs interests you), then move on to employers (in particular, focus on what they're looking for from candidates, and tailor your application to each of them). The other most important thing is to build your knowledge around the sector and gain commercial awareness, in particular if you're interested in working in the business/finance sector then you should cover basic topics surrounding business, finance and economics.
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In finance, the degree you study is irrelevant so long as you have relevant experience and transferrable skills. Except high finance (e.g. trading, investment banking), the uni you go to don't matter much and you should focus on securing work experience throghout the 3 years of uni. Going to a top uni unfortunately isn't enough to land a grad job.

The first question you should ask yourself should be what sort of industry you want to work for, then research what entry level jobs are there in that industry (as well as which jobs interests you), then move on to employers (in particular, focus on what they're looking for from candidates, and tailor your application to each of them). The other most important thing is to build your knowledge around the sector and gain commercial awareness, in particular if you're interested in working in the business/finance sector then you should cover basic topics surrounding business, finance and economics.
But my question was more how many jobs can you feasibly apply to out of uni. Is applying to multiple jobs in several different sectors too much?
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But my question was more how many jobs can you feasibly apply to out of uni. Is applying to multiple jobs in several different sectors too much?
There's no-one keeping track of where you're applying, and you're applying directly to companies so you can apply to as many as you want so long as you read their requirements.
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I think you can reasonably apply for a number of jobs simultaneously across a variety of sectors: civil service, cultural (museums), publishing, public relations, advertising, media, sales, police and charity.
Investment banking seem to prefer top graduates with some boutique experience, contacts and sometimes specialist qualifications.
Might be best to do a few high calibre internships and a lot of insider networking before applying for investment banking.
Good luck.
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But my question was more how many jobs can you feasibly apply to out of uni. Is applying to multiple jobs in several different sectors too much?
in my experience, u keep applying until get a job. broaden sectors out dont apply just for the gold dust schemes
be wary on thinking ur top degree is gonna land u a job. ur not the only one applying with such a degree
how has ur finance search going? in my experience a 'relevant degree' is needed for vast majority. altho admittedly i didnt bother with those top of the range schemes
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Doing a history degree at top uni, when applying for jobs: how many sectors can you apply for? is it at all feasible to apply for investment banking at a number of top banks, as well as jobs in accountancy, consulting (and possibly more) in case you dont get into an offer in one sector or another? Or are you pretty much forced into picking a specific career at this point?
as many as you can craft a convincing enough profile for. if you somehow have managed to make side projects and learn fundamentals you could even go for technical jobs like software engineering and data science/analytics.

I've interviewed for software engineering, investment banking, fundamental buyside equity research, product management and consulting, sales&trading, quant research, data analytics.. how? all about the profile you put across and what you've done.

Probably a better idea to hone in on what you want to do to avoid burning out from applications though. I only did the above because the places I applied to and those roles were all stupendously competitive so tried to spread my bets to make sure I landed at least one top notch (I consider all of those jobs top notch) offer at a top notch company.

If you aren't as ambitious/neurotic and are settling for less competitive jobs/companies or you're at like Oxbridge or LSE or Imperial or UCL/Warwick where getting interviews for top jobs is a lot easier then you won't have to try as hard.
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Doing a history degree at top uni, when applying for jobs: how many sectors can you apply for? is it at all feasible to apply for investment banking at a number of top banks, as well as jobs in accountancy, consulting (and possibly more) in case you dont get into an offer in one sector or another? Or are you pretty much forced into picking a specific career at this point?
Definitely go for any area you like - I've had a 20 year investment banking career and my degrees are (mainly) history and economics. To be honest, history is recognized as a strong analytical skill. Obviously for investment banking et al. mathematical subjects and top universities get filtered in by HR departments first. The HR departments will filter you first on your A'Levels, then university (Russell group, etc.), then whether you have a first. Only then will they worry about whether to pass your file to the hiring department. Then, and only then you're on merit (at best). If you have family contacts they care. Your references matter of course (friends of family). I did it. Without these. Best advice is play the HR game, but also try and catch someone who can help you. Maybe ask the deputy CEO, or somone senior enough, if you can do an elevator pitch if you've got an interview already. You'll need to be creative.
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