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Living in the Concrete Jungle where Dreams are Made of

There are plenty of songs about New York and it’s clear to see why. It’s a great city, a melting pot of people and cultures. If you’ve just moved to this glorious city then here are a few tips for living in the city that never sleeps.

 

Walk a Mile in My Shoes

There are so many people in New York that it makes sense that the majority of the people here walk to where they need to be. It’s definitely not a bad idea as there is so much to see on every street and corner. You never know what you’ll find.

 

Take Me to the Subway

If walking is not your thing then the subway is a great and cheap alternative. With over 468 stations around the city, you can get basically anywhere with a train. So when you’re out partying there will be no way you could drink and drive as the subway will be at your disposable. The only probably downside is that you might just forget how to drive thanks to the convenience of the subway.

 

You Can Find it at the Market

Honestly, there is no better place to find everything you need to furnish your apartment, feed or even dress yourself than any of the markets found in New York. From the infamous Brooklyn Market to the Union Square Greenmarket, you will find all kinds of deals. The best part is that you can reach all these markets with the subway.

 

Down in the Park

New York can be pretty stressful and overwhelming but the numerous parks are great for unwinding and de-stressing. It’s scientifically proven that nature improves your mental and social well-being, so take advantage of the beautiful outdoors and relax. 

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Ways to Stand Out as a Finance Student

When it comes to business, there's no such thing as starting too early. While a solid undergraduate degree will set you firmly on the path to success, competition is fierce and there will be many graduates with great qualifications all looking for their first opportunity in finance, accountancy or management. By going the extra mile during your student years, you can lay foundations for your future that will pay dividends.

 

As one of the country's leading specialist universities, the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) have put together a list of some of the best tips and tricks for making your CV dazzle. Take a look below:

 

Attend networking events

As the old saying goes, you can never have too many friends. The business world works exactly the same way - you just don't know when you might need some niche advice, a last-minute favour or a new recruit to recommend. Being a student doesn't mean you can't act like a professional - start attending networking events as soon as you can, making sure to take along business cards.

 

Try to avoid introducing yourself as a student - you don't have to claim to be an expert, but reinforcing your specialism and intentions instead of your learning status often helps in terms of getting established bankers to take you seriously.

 

Go the extra mile

An undergraduate accountancy degree suggests that you're good with maths, whereas a masters and PhD in bookkeeping from a dedicated institution like LSBF will make it obvious that you have a specialism that you are truly passionate about. Extra qualifications will help you gain an edge on all the other undergraduates, displaying true commitment and dedication.  

 

Do work experience and internships

Although a wonderful academic transcript speaks plenty about a person's intellect and discipline, there are certain positive attributes that can only be measured in a hands-on situation. By taking on work experience or internships during your summer holidays, you will gain true-to-life knowledge of the working world, complementing your studies and marking you out as an all-rounder. If you impress on an internship, it is definitely worth keeping in touch - that company may well end up providing your first graduate job.

 

Update your online presence

Many students are so intent on getting their qualification that they forget to act like a professional in the online world. Forget funny cat videos and selfies - social media is a place to network, share industry-related thoughts and ultimately, seek out new opportunities in your field. Not sure where to start? Think about businessmen and women whose careers you'd like to emulate, and follow them on Twitter. If they post something that interests you, respond to them - polite persistence is key to a successful career in finance, and you may well just strike up a friendship. Not sure whether something is suitable to post online? Think about how you'd feel if your boss read it. If the thought doesn't sit comfortably, it may be worth a rephrase.

 

Start your own business

Nothing says 'I want to work in finance' more than starting your own small business. The benefits are plentiful - it will give you genuine industry experience, you'll have plenty to talk about at interviews, and any money you make can supplement your student loan. A student with the initiative to take the reins for themselves will always impress a prospective employer, marking you out as a great investment. Best of luck!

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