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Navigating a career in finance has never been trickier. Firms fight over top talent while the lure of the start-up world beckons. Two-year churn undermines individual firms’ ability to provide long-term career guidance and support. Work-life balance nibbles at the edges of the financial services job market debate, but often fails to make serious inroads. Finally, maturing business models, fin:tech disruption and increasingly highly regulated markets shake the ground underneath aspiring professionals’ feet.
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Private equity reported the highest job satisfaction, with 68% loving their work and 67% planning
to stay put for the foreseeable future
71% of young financial professionals say being excited and engaged
by their work is most important when selecting a job overall.
Of all professionals surveyed, 46% of respondents wished
their boss was a better mentor, while 36% desired for their boss
to be a better manager.
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Employer reputation (58%) and cultural fit (50%) were the most used criteria when selec-ting an employer overall followed by location (43%) compensation (38%) and work-life balance (30%).
The largest concern for a long-term career in capital markets by young professionals were the long hours and work-life balance 78% most notably identified as an issue by respondents with families (87%).
Corporates were the least happy with their work, with only 12% saying they loved
their jobs and 82%
saying it’s ok.
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41% of respondents who had been in financial services
4 years or more planned to stay
for the long haul
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Whenever you have challenges ahead of you, instead of being reactive you must be very proactive; otherwise, the challenges will hold you back. The cost of doing nothing is never nothing."
58% of respondents who have 2 years or less of experience say that
they wish they received better mentorship
from their managers.
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46% said they loved their jobs and 49% said they were neutral, with only 6% saying they hated the job.
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Take charge of your career and figure out how to develop the skills you want outside the large law firm. Look to bar and professional associations, where you can interact with other lawyers as peers and have opportunities to speak and write on topics.”
Don’t take something that is not a good fit;
it’s unlikely to be something that you’re going
to be happy with and therefore good at."
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