GUEST BLOG: Interested in finance careers? How BAT can help you

UoY Careers Balloon illy Careers blog, written by Michele Chan, 3rd year Economics and Finance student, Bloomberg Campus Ambassador

Looking to secure an insight week, internship, placement year or a graduate role? Take the BAT! The Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) is definitely the right choice to get yourself ahead of the game if you are interested in a finance related career. It is an online test that lasts 2 hours consisting of 100 multiple choice questions which assess you across 8 key financial competencies; News Analysis, Economics, Maths Skills, Analytical Reasoning, Financial Statements Analysis, Investment Banking, Global Markets, Chart and Graph Analysis.

Why take the BAT?

  • Evaluate your strengths
  • Discover roles in finance
  • Put your BAT score on your CV and LinkedIn
  • Be contacted for local and international job opportunities
  • Gain recognition on the Hall of Fame
  • Because it is FREE!

The BAT is an aptitude test so you do not need to revise for it but you can have a look at some sample questions or try the sample quiz. Once you have completed the BAT you can choose to enter your score anonymously onto the BAT Talent Search where over 25,000 recruiters at elite global investment and financial institutions will be searching for outstanding candidates like yourself. If your strengths are what they require, they may request to connect with you and ask to release your CV to them. If they like what they see they will invite you to an interview.

Think your score is too low? Do not be discouraged; you may have excelled in one particular section that a recruiter is looking for. If you’re still not happy with your score, you can retake the BAT as many times as you like as long as you only take one BAT per month and best of all, it is completely FREE of charge. So what are you waiting for? Register now! Our first BAT session will be held on 28th October at 14:00 in LMB/008. I hope to see many of you there! Do not worry if you cannot make it to this session as we will be holding BAT sessions throughout the academic year so keep an eye out for the BAT on campus! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me ( or Sagar Pandit ( your Bloomberg Campus Ambassadors.