CV: University of St. Andrew's student who wants an internship in sales and trading. SCORE: 79%

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2010-2014  University of St Andrews, Scotland

MA Hons Management (expected 2.1)

Modules include Financial Intermediation and Financial Markets, International Banking and Corporate Finance. Completed 4 Economics modules

July 2012 ESCP Europe Business School, London

3-week intensive Finance Course

Modules included Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Project Finance. Led two presentations to professors as well as spending 3 days in a BNP Paribas Virtual Trading room

2005-2010  School 

2010  A Levels: Economics (A), Spanish (A), French (B)

2008  GCSEs: 5 x A*, 4 x A including Maths and English

Previous employment and relevant work experience

Summer 2012, Investment Bank (London) Internship Training program

Completed the intensive training program for Mergers and Acquisition interns. Training included financial modelling, company valuation and analysing company accounts.  Used Excel daily to produce financial models

August 2012  Independent Financial Advisers Insight Day (Canterbury)

Spent the day in their Canterbury Office with one of the Advisers being taught about various strategies and methods of Portfolio Management and quantitative analysis of funds and their risks.

July 2012  Bloomberg Insight Day (London)

Spent a day in the Bloomberg Offices with emphasis on the Bloomberg Terminal computer system

January and Summer 2011, Shop assistant, Oxford Circus (London)

- Providing a quality service in the company’s Flagship Store – the busiest store in the UK with the largest turnover

- Used language skills frequently with foreign customers, closing many sales in Spanish

- Showed my drive and ambition to succeed through my sales figures: my gross sales were £71,702 against given target sales of £53,953, leading to a request from management to return at any time


2012-Present Cricket Club Treasurer

Set up a company as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme - Managing Director



Manage my own portfolio, investing in a range of companies. Also led my school’s team in presenting at the Bank of England’s Interest Rate Challenge, “Target 2.0”


Play for the cricket team, touring all over the UK as well as playing squash and 6-a-side football competitions.

Photography: Am an avid sports photographer, having taken on the role of my school’s sports photographer, with much of my work being published in school magazines



English – Native       Spanish – Intermediate       French – Intermediate

Computers: Microsoft Office – Proficient  (worked with Excel)

Our evaluator’s comments: 


An experienced credit trading who's participated in graduate recruitment schemes at a leading bank, says this is a well written, concise CV with good work experience at a well-respected M&A house. The university is good, if not top tier. The only downside is the degree subject.  Management doesn't frequently appear in front office roles in investment banks. Equally, you will need to make a strong case for your decision to swap into sales and trading having interned in M&A. That said, as you're going for another internship rather than a graduate position, you should be able to make the swap as long as you articulate your preference for sales and trading clearly enough.

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