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How can the Careers Zone help your job search? 

New to the BTS Careers Zone? Let us show you some of the resources and how to use them. Plus, find out how we can help you to find your next role in Financial Services. 

As an exam support provider, we regularly chat to people who are looking for their first or next role in financial services. Whilst everyone’s journey is unique, there are some common questions that come up time and again.

In this article we cover some of the most frequently asked questions about finding and applying for a role in financial services, including: 

How do you find firms to approach?  

Where can you find out what it’s really like to work for a firm?  

How do you make a first approach?  

What makes a good application?

How Can the Careers Zone help your job search

What is the BTS Careers Zone?

It’s questions like those listed above that led us to develop the BTS Careers Zone. It’s not easy to break into the industry, so there really is no such thing as a stupid question!

We wanted to create a safe space for candidates to find out about the things that really matter to them when researching careers and opportunities in financial services to help on your job search. 

We are firm believers in choice, and whilst hunting for a job role can sometimes feel like a daunting task, we want BTS candidates to feel empowered to make informed choices about potential future career moves. 

Finding opportunities

The BTS Careers Zone welcomes collaborations with firms who are actively recruiting but we’re also rather picky about the firms we feature! The BTS team insist on producing real life, honest content. We want to cut through the spin and give our candidates a fly-on-the-wall view of the opportunities in the sector. 

So, whether you’re looking for your first role or your next big move in financial services, the Careers Zone is a good place to start. You’ll find: 

  • Featured Company Pages where firms share information about their culture, opportunities, and training proposition.
  • Role profiles describing some of the different job roles in the industry, including qualification requirements and inspirational Day in the Life of…stories.
  • Articles on exams, careers and industry news.
  • Videos and interviews featuring industry experts.
  • Podcasts on careers in financial services.
  • Vacancies from our Featured Companies.

You can save your favourite Careers Zone content to your My Dashboard area by clicking the💓 icon whenever you see it on the site. 

This video shows you how you can use the Careers Zone to research career and study opportunities.

Connecting with a firm

Once you’ve researched a firm and decided to make an application, the next question is, how do you make your first approach?

You can use our ‘Connect with Featured Companies’ tool to make direct contact with any of the firms featured on the Careers Zone site. 

Connecting with a Featured Company allows the company to view the information you have put in your profile and contact you about your interest in their career opportunities, should they consider you a good match. Each company you choose to connect with will be notified by email and will be in touch with you directly. 

Step 1 – Edit your Profile

To connect with a company featured on the Careers Zone, click ‘Edit Profile’ in the left-hand menu on the Careers Zone website.

Editing your profile on Careers Zone will kick start your ability to connect with any of the companies featured on the BTS Careers Zone.  

Top tips for making your profile stand out when Connecting with Featured Companies:

  • Include a summary of your relevant skills, qualifications and professional experience.
  • Include a link to your LinkedIn profile.
  • If you are actively looking for a new role, add the ‘Looking for Work’ ribbon to your profile picture.
Step 2 – Connect with Featured Companies

When you have finished editing your profile, click on the tab in your profile titled ‘Connect with Featured Companies | Career Preferences’.  Here you can opt into connecting with featured companies and choose which companies you would like to connect with.

You can also choose to add a ‘Looking for work’ ribbon to your profile picture.

When you are happy with your choices, click ‘update connection preferences’.

You can update your preferences and connect/disconnect from Featured Companies at any time by coming back to the ‘Edit Profile’ page.

Step 3 – Specify you Career Preferences

This tells the companies you have selected to connect with a bit more about the type of roles you would be interested in.

Select the job roles you are interested in then, click ‘Update Career Preferences’ to save your choices.

To help you find your way around the editing your profile and making your connection choices, watch this step by step video on how to use the Connect with Featured Companies tool.


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