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CV example: Jason Barnes

j_banresThis CV secured a first year BSc Economics student offers from UBS, Barclays Capital, Merrill Lynch and HSBC for their 2012 Spring Week programmes. Before you prepare your CV for similar programmes, you should check information at these banks’ ‘Spring Week’ web pages and make a list of the key skills and qualities they are looking for. Please note, investment banks typically only accept one page CVs.

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Jason Barnes

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2011-present University of Warwick, BSc Economics, Coventry, UK; Optional 1st year modules:
Foundations of Finance (Warwick Business School), Maths Analysis for Economists .
2007 – 2010 World School nr 1536, International Baccalaureate programme, Cracow, Poland
Overall score of 43 out of 45 maximum possible points:
Higher level subjects: Mathematics – 7, Economics – 7, English – 7.
Standard level subjects: Geography – 7, Physics – 6, Polish – 6.

Work experience

15.04 – 20.04.2012 Barclays Front Office Spring Week (
  • Learned about different front office divisions in great detail and work shadowed in IBD and equity research, which gave me an overview of client relations.
25.03 – 30.03.2012 UBS Insights Spring Week (
  • Discovered all areas of an investment bank and spent half a day on work shadowing in IBD, where I learned how exactly sector coverage teams work.
17.08 – 27.09.2011
01.04 – 10.05.2011
Private Akademia, Cracow, Poland
  • Prepared 6 high school students for final examinations in mathematics and economics, all of whom received the highest or second highest grades.
16.01 – 13.03.2011
28.06 – 11.07.2010
Volunteering Project, Thailand
  • Taught English in primary and middle schools, where I cooperated with 2 other volunteers to manage a class of 40 children.
19.01 – 31.01.2009 Civic Development Foundation, Cracow, Poland
  • Examined the effect of international speculation on Polish currency by analysing press releases and foreign exchange markets.
09.06 – 21.06.2008 Pictet Private Bank., Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Improved my awareness of finance, asset management and insurance industries through examining the internal correspondence and archived documents.

Extracurricular activities & positions of responsibility

  • Vice-President of AIESEC Warwick society, where I am responsible for external relations such as campus events and relations with sponsors. For instance, in February 2012 I organised with my team the Leadership Development Summit, which was attended by over 150 Warwick students.
  • Established the Economic Debate Club in my high school, through which we invited distinguished guest speakers to discuss contemporary economic and political issues.
  • Elected 4 times to the executive committee of the school council in middle and high schools and held the position of its president for 2 years, which enabled me to lead the school government.

Interests & achievements

  • Warwick Skills Portfolio Award
    Since October 2011 I have attended numerous workshops to improve my academic and professional skills and I will be awarded the Skills Portfolio Award in May 2012.
  • Travelling and foreign cultures
    I spent 7 months in Asia and Australia during my gap year in 2010/2011.
  • Human Development
    While studying for the IB programme I wrote Extended Essay about the Human Development Index, which included 3 weeks of quantitative and qualitative research in a small underdeveloped village in India.
  • Charity
    While in middle and high schools, I co-organised 6 yearly successful fund-raising events such as concerts and auctions, which raised about £4000 each year.

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