FAQs

Asking the right questions at the right time is a valuable skill. Here are some of the most common ones we get asked. Check below for the answer to yours.

When should I apply?

We will open to accept applications for our 2017 graduate and intern programmes from 1st September 2016. Apply as soon as possible as places are limited and competition is strong. We will screen applications and start to offer positions on a rolling basis.

What are the minimum academic requirements?

We are open to considering all degree disciplines. You will need to have high grades at A level and achieved (or be on track for) a 2:1.

For apprentices, we do not have any minimum academic requirements, and are open to considering all backgrounds.

I do not meet your minimum academic requirements but there are mitigating circumstances; can you make an exception?

We review each application on its own merits, so do take individual circumstances into account. We do, however, have a limited number of opportunities on our graduate and internship programmes for which we receive a high number of quality applications.

I do not have a finance-related degree. Is this a disadvantage?

You don’t need to have a degree in Finance or Economics to work in asset management. We are open to considering any degree subject, so long as you are engaged, smart and intellectually curious. Our people are encouraged to think innovatively and challenge the status quo and you’ll need to be client-focused and an effective communicator. If you have the right attitude, we can give you the knowledge and the technical skills you will need to be successful.

Do you accept applications from all universities?

Yes. We welcome and encourage applications from students at all universities who meet our criteria. Whilst we look to host many events on campus and at our local offices, we are limited in the number of different universities we can visit. If we are unable to meet you in person at one of our events, please research our organisation and the opportunities we offer via this website.

Can I apply to more than one business area?

No. We want to know that you’ve done your research into the different opportunities available and that you’re fully motivated by the business area of your choice.

Can I apply for a summer internship if I’m not in my penultimate year of study?

No. Our Summer Internship Programme is only open to penultimate year university students, (graduating in 2018) as it acts as an important feeder into our full-time graduate programme.

Can I apply for an off cycle internship?

Unfortunately, our internships are structured over the summer months. We only offer eight week summer internship programmes on the investment schemes. We do, however, offer longer-term internship placements (commencing in the summer) of 6 to 12 months on our European Sales and Marketing, Business Management, Operational Management and Technology programmes.

I’m a Masters or PhD student, where should I apply?

We welcome applications from Masters and PhD students for all of our graduate programmes. Please apply to whichever programme you feel best suits your skill set.

I’m a GCSE/A-Level/gap year student. Do you organise unpaid work experience/work shadowing?

Yes, we run a three-day Early Insight Programme for Sixth Form or College students during the Easter holidays and you can apply to this through our online careers site. We also offer a range of apprenticeship programmes for school leavers who have completed their A-levels.

Do you offer one-year sandwich/industrial placements?

Yes, we  offer longer-term internship placements (commencing in the summer) of 6 to 12 months on our European Sales and Marketing, Business Management, Operational Management and Technology programmes

Do you have opportunities for first years?

Yes, we offer a Spring Week, targeted at first year undergraduates (or second year students if studying a four year course). Through a series of workshops and interactive sessions we aim to provide an insight into Asset Management as an industry, our organisation and help you to decide if it’s right for you. Impress us and you could be fast-tracked for our Summer Internship Programme.

Do you take applications from students requiring an EU work permit?

If you meet the role criteria, progress through the recruitment process and are then offered a graduate position but require a visa to work in the UK, we can provide you with sponsorship and assist with the application on your behalf. You should be aware that approval of a working visa is beyond the control of Fidelity and will always be subject to local immigration laws and eligibility.

I graduated a while ago, can I still apply? Is there an age limit for graduate applications?

We welcome all applications; however, our graduate programmes are entry-level so may not be best suited to meet your career aspirations if you already have substantial, and relevant, work experience. Do also visit the Experienced Professionals section of our careers website for details of our other opportunities.

Can I re-apply if I have previously been unsuccessful for a role at Fidelity?

Yes, providing you applied to us in an earlier recruitment cycle and year. Do also take the time to carefully consider the reasons you were not successful in your previous application.

How many graduate positions will Fidelity be recruiting in 2017?

We offer opportunities in the UK and Asia-Pacific. In the UK, we will recruit approximately 40 full-time graduates and 40 summer interns/placements with opportunities for rotations in Europe. For Asia-Pacific we have opportunities for approximately 5 graduates and 20 interns.

When do your apprenticeship applications open?

Applications for apprentices usually open in December for a September start date the following year. However, occasionally we do offer out of cycle apprenticeship roles and these will also be advertised on our online portal.

How many apprentice positions will Fidelity be recruiting in 2017?

Typically we take approximately 6-12 apprentices each year across a variety of roles. However, this is an exciting time for apprenticeships with a lot of government changes rolling out, so look out for off-cycle roles being advertised throughout the year.

Which offices/locations do you recruit graduates into?

In the UK our vacancies are in London, Kent and Surrey. Depending on the programme you join, you may also undertake a rotation assignment in one of our European offices such as Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Sweden and Austria. In Asia-Pacific we hire graduates for China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and India.

What are you looking for in candidates?

We like to see demonstrable evidence of your interest in Fidelity, the Asset Management industry and your chosen business area. Strong candidates will be prepared and have done their research, reading widely (beyond our recruitment website) and show a genuine enthusiasm for this opportunity. Use concrete and relevant examples from your past experience to show you demonstrate the core competencies and skills we look for.

When can I expect to hear an update on my application?

We receive a large volume of applications and make every effort to reply as quickly as possible, however, the time period may vary depending on when you applied, which programme you applied to, and the quality of applications we receive.

Will I be given feedback on my application?

We’ll give you full feedback on your performance at the assessment centre stage, but we aren’t able to give feedback on initial applications or telephone interviews due to the volume we receive.

What should I do if I receive an offer from another company?

Let us know your situation and any deadline for accepting the other offer. Don't be afraid to ask the other company to extend the deadline, just be honest with all parties involved. It is important you make an informed decision about your career and what is right for you.

What type of contract will I receive?

Interns will receive a fixed term contract. Graduates will receive a permanent employment contract.

What is the recruitment process?

The exact process will vary with the role or programme you’re applying to and is tailored to meet business needs and the profiles we are looking for.  All include an online application, a first-stage business or HR telephone interview and an assessment centre. Some programmes also include online ability, aptitude and personality tests and a final round business interview.

You’ll find more details about the individual recruitment process on each of the programme pages. You can also click here for a summary of the recruitment process across all programmes.  

My interview's been confirmed but I haven't been told who to ask for on arrival. How can I find out?

Everything to do with your interview confirmation is sent to your registered email address. If you’re missing any information about the interview, please email us at earlycareers@fil.com and someone from our team will respond as soon as possible.

Who should I contact if I can no longer make it to the scheduled interview or am delayed en route?

If you have any problems attending your interview, please email us at earlycareers@fil.com using “URGENT - Cannot attend interview” as the subject to make sure your message is picked up.

Will travel expenses be reimbursed for attending assessment centres?

Yes. Travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed within the guidelines we set and upon proof of original receipts. These guidelines will be sent to you when you’re invited to assessment centre stage.

 

When will I start?

Summer interns will start in late June 2017 and graduates in early September 2017.

Once I join the graduate programme, will there be an opportunity for further study?

Yes. Study towards professional qualifications is an integral part of all our graduate programmes.

  • All graduates on our Business Management, Operational Management, European Sales and Marketing and Technology programmes start their Induction programmes by completing the IOC qualification for a base grounding in our industry fundamentals.
  • Throughout the programme, graduates joining our investment programmes (Equity Research, Fixed Income and Multi Asset) will study towards the CFA and IMC.
  • Graduates joining our Business Management, Operational Management and European Sales and Marketing programmes will study towards the IMC, with the possibility of studying towards the CFA later on in the programme if desired.
  • Technology graduates will complete relevant technical certifications depending on their career path such as AGILE, Prince2, Oracle, Java etc. 

On top of this, we may support you to attain other professional qualifications that are relevant (such as marketing diplomas or project management qualifications).

What kind of training and development can I expect when joining Fidelity as a graduate?

At Fidelity we offer a structured rotational programme. The only exception to this is Technology, which is a non-rotational programme. Over the course of your two to three years, the rotations will allow you to experience first-hand different areas of your chosen business area through a series of focused work placements. This is further supported by a suite of technical and soft skills training programmes as well as business networking opportunities.

What support will I receive?

From your first day, you will receive the support of your programme business sponsor, dedicated Mentor, graduate buddy and graduate Development Manager. This support network will ensure you have the guidance and coaching you need to perform well at Fidelity. 

What salary will I receive?

We believe in rewarding employees fairly. For graduates, interns and apprentices, that means a competitive salary and benefits packages benchmarked in line with other leading  employers in the financial services industry.

If I receive an offer is it possible to defer my start date for a year to travel?

As we are recruiting for business needs in 2017, we are unable to defer entry. We advise that you apply to us upon your return (applications will be open from September) for the following year’s graduate programme.

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Our Commitment to You

Whether you are successful in your application to Fidelity International or not, we want your experience of our recruitment process to be a good one. We aim to maintain high standards in all our communications and contact with you and we welcome your feedback.

We know that from time to time unscrupulous individuals impersonate companies and conduct a bogus recruitment selection process in order to defraud unwitting candidates, usually by asking them to transfer money. Please be aware that:

  • All communications from us will use our registered email domain. We will never use third party email addresses like Gmail or Yahoo!
  • We will communicate with you individually and not email you in a group of other candidates
  • Our communications will be presented professionally using correct spelling and grammar
  • We will never ask you to pay us money for anything and we will not ask you to purchase office supplies to enable you to work
  • Requests for sensitive personal data such as bank details will only come after a face-to-face interview and subsequent offer of employment. If you have any concerns at all please contact us 
  • We will never conduct an interview/interview screening via any instant message platform (i.e., Yahoo! Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Talk, Google Hangouts etc)
  • We will not ask you to create a social media profile of any kind to help with the facilitation of your candidacy for employment

If you have any concerns please email us at early.careers@fil.com