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How Employers Need to React to Changes in The Banking Sector

by Mark Nancarrow in career
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The face of the banking industry is changing at an accelerated rate year on year. While this is partly to do with new digital technologies, the world of work, in general, is now unrecognisable to what it once was.  Globally, banking systems are in a more stable place than ever since the recession. However, successes do vary from region to region. In order to survive, banks need to be smart about how they endeavour to future-proof their business.   Recognising the Speed of Change Banks are among some of the most adaptive across the globe, and while the sector begets change, the speed with...
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How Long Should You Stay In Your Finance Job?

by Mark Nancarrow in career
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Whether you are just starting in your finance career, or you have already worked your way into a senior role, we all have aspirations for the future. Knowing what career changes to make, if any, at the right time can make or break your career. Working in the UAE can bring its own set of challenges at first, but for those who recognise the potential of this thriving job market, staying the distance can pay off. Under the finance umbrella, there is a considerable amount of disparity in the types of work bankers undertake. From customer service, investment management to corporate strategy and...
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How to Build an Employer Brand that Attracts Great Banking Talent

by Mark Nancarrow in career
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In today's hyper-connected world, every company has a reputation, whether they actively cultivate it or not.  In a similar way that a commercial brand can affect the way a consumer feels about you, so too can your employer brand impact a candidate's decision on whether to work with your company. That's why leaders across every sector are now investing more time and money into effective employer branding exercises.  For a UAE-based bank in search of Emirati talent, for example, your employer brand image can play a key role in getting the right kind of candidates for your organisation. The best candidates will naturally gravitate towards organisations that put their best face forward both online, and offline.  So, how...
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Is Your Comfort Zone Getting In The Way Of Your Finance Career?

by Mark Nancarrow in career
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Here’s a good question to reflect on: when was the last time you stepped outside of your comfort zone? Comfort zones exist for a reason; they provide a sense of peace and safety, and the confidence that comes from knowing what to expect. As such, they do an excellent job of protecting us from danger, impulsive decision-making, and potential embarrassment. However, the flipside is that our comfort zones also protect us from growth. Sometimes, a comfort zone is just a cleverly-disguised cage, holding you back from achieving your true potential. When you're "comfortable" in a position, you stop striving for greatness, which means that you stay in the same place rather than moving forward. Although...
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5 Strategies For Building a Positive Company Culture

by Mark Nancarrow in career
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Today's candidates want more from their finance careers than an excellent remuneration package. They want an opportunity for progression, a chance to do something meaningful, and most importantly, they want a strong company culture.  Culture defines your business, and how you do things. For instance, a financial company with an innovative company culture might spend more time exploring new technology and sending team members to training seminars, and leading industry events. Having a well-defined company culture helps you to attract the right kind of people to your team, but it also ensures that you have the talent you need to achieve your business goals.  Since culture supports workplace happiness, and happy employees...
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