Is it possible to get a job in the financial sector without a finance degree? Yes, it is. And it is probably more in your favour than ever to have a different background. Diversity is a hot topic and not only when it comes to gender, but also when it comes to background.
Noa Zijlmans, our Delft representative, studied Technology, Policy and Management and came in contact with the world of finance. But why should you consider a job in the financial sector with a tech background and how can your technical background be of use? These are the questions we get a lot from our members in Delft, so our Team of representatives in Delft decided to interview Noa. Because you can’t be it if you can’t see it.
From studying at the Technical University Delft, to doing an internship in Investment Banking in Amsterdam
Name: Noa Zijlmans
Education: BSc Bachelor Technology, Policy and Management @ TU Delft
– Awareness Committee at Yes!Delft Students
– Investment Banking Internship at Barclays in Amsterdam
– Private Equity internship (Starting May 2022)
First things first, where did it all begin?
Noa: “Besides doing a minor in Finance at Delft University of Technology, I did not have any experience in the financial sector before I applied for my first internship in Investment Banking. However, it did start during my minor, when an event with ten prominent investment banks was promoted. I decided to participate.”
“During this event we had to solve a case and I got the chance to get to know the Barclays team. I really enjoyed this day, became enthusiastic about the company and decided to apply for the internship.”
And you got the internship! What do you like most about Investment Banking?
Noa: “The industry is high-paced and focussed on obtaining good results. This creates a challenging working environment in which you gain a lot of skills during a short period of time.”
What were your main responsibilities?
Noa: “My main responsibilities were, doing company specific research, preparing materials for presentations/pitches and some financial modeling.”
Why would you recommend Investment Banking to other technical students?
Noa : “There aren’t many sectors where you can challenge yourself to this extent whilst learning so much in a short period of time. Also, it might be an interesting shift from all the technical stuff you learn at university.”