Getting Started

Employment Hints

Getting any job involves a number of steps. However, in the case of financial services, taking them in a structured and orderly manner is even more important because of the nature of this sector. Becoming aware of what these steps are even at an early stage will give you an idea of what is expected. It is therefore advisable to apply the following roadmap:

Make yourself employable

Basic skills on which you can build upon through further education and practice are essential. Since finance is about numbers, at least an ‘O’ level standard in Mathematics is a must. English is the language of financial services. So, again, at least an ‘O’ level and a good level of speaking the language are, again, a must. The key to entering the lowest level in the sector is an ‘A’ level standard of education.

Choose the career YOU want

This is the most challenging part of the process since, as already indicated, possibilities are numerous. Keep in mind that certain roles are highly technical and / or carry different levels of responsibility. Other roles may require a more outgoing or a businesslike approach. Some jobs are office based while others might involve you in visiting clients or sometimes even travel abroad on short trips. Therefore, knowing yourself and your capabilities and knowing the kind and level of education you need to follow a given career are essential.

Market yourself effectively

The finance sector offers many career openings but no one comes looking for you. It is up to you to compete effectively and to prove yourself in front of your eventual employer. The first impression that an employer gets is through a candidate’s letter of application and c.v. Therefore a c.v. that clearly outlines your background and achievements together with a letter of application that is brief, to the point and which gives sound reasons behind your wish to take up a particular job are a must. They could be the key to your success. Therefore, creating an attractive c.v. and writing an effective application letter should be considered as being essential life skills.

Familiarise yourself with prospective employers

Regular visits, even from an early stage in your development, to the websites of prospective employers have a double positive effect on your efforts to eventually make yourself employable. You will become familiar with the different cultures that are present within the finance industry and how these cultures change over time. It is also worth visiting the websites of employers who have different roles in the sector. You will realise that working in the market may require some different skills from those necessary to work in regulation. You will also understand that different market players require different categories of employees. You will get to grips with the different careers offered by the various employers. But, most of all you will be able to decide which career would be most suitable to your needs, expectations and aspirations. On the other hand, you will attain a level of background knowledge will be useful during employment related interviews. All this combined with the right approach and attitude will increase your chances to convince the interviewing panel that you are the person for the job.

The above familiarisation process can be followed up by sending a c.v. and registering to the various private recruitment agencies operating in Malta and also the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC). 

To access the ETC website please click here.