Our specialty is Banking and Finance - we get 90% of our clients hired by Investment Banks (and Hedge Funds, Asset Management Companies, Trading, Commodity and Brokerage Boutiques).
PJ, Nomura, Equity Capital Markets Analyst, London:
First let me say that I can absolutely recommend Peter and his staff. I tried applying through standard channels and achieved a few interviews but failed to convert any of them. After signing on with Peter, following his advice, making use of practice interviews and leveraging the expertise of the interviewers, I converted the 5 of the 7 subsequent interviews into offers. He is a great boss and you will learn a lot from him. If anything ever goes wrong, tell him first and he will protect you. The service was outstanding. Patient, bespoke, and direct.
SS, JP Morgan Finance Division, London:
I will be to the point and honest. In short, Peter is a great guy and
someone I cannot thank enough. I have numerous interviews
Well, what he did was prepare me for my interview here. He would ask me questions, listen to my reply and then critique it which is precisely what I needed as it showed me where I am going wrong and more importantly, ways to improve. If nothing else, his help gave me a lot of confidence which I think shows when you attend interviews. I think this helped as well. He is a fountain of knowledge and gives great advice...the key to his success is he does not tell you what you want to hear, he gives you solid advice. Then it is up to you how you wish to follow. Don't believe for a second he will do all the work for you...you will have to practice, do the research, what he will do is show you the best practical way of achieving your goal.
In terms of the fee, he asked me if I thought it was a lot, I said honestly, NO... if you compare the fee you pay to your earning potential once you are in a blue chip such as JP Morgan, then it is nothing in my opinion. I was prepared to pay a lot more. I was happy it was not that much.
GB, Barclays Capital Emerging Market Fixed Income Trading, London
Before joining Harrison Careers I was a bit sceptic whether it would help me to get hired. It is because I would have to borrow the money to pay for the service. So the stake was big for me.
I made a decision to go for it and it was absolutely worth it, without exaggeration. It exceeded my expectations all the way through.
From the very start I was disadvantaged for the career of my choice: - studied at a non-target school from where, on average, you would not expect to get hired by a reputable employer, came from foreign country which necessitates employer to apply for work permit, although, I had credits as well. The biggest of them was my determination to reach my career goals.
With Harrison Careers, I have just made it. I really doubt if I ever would be recruited by top investment firm without Peter's service.
When joining Harrison Careers, you will be told to work harder than you would. And they really mean hard work. It requires total commitment.
Once you will learn the stuff Peter will give you and practice mock interviews during general coaching sessions, you will have a significant(statistically!) advantage than your peers who do not use his service. You will be fascinated to see how most candidates, including those from Oxbridge, have no idea about what qualities recruiters are looking for and what they want to hear/see from candidates they want to recruit. With Harrison Careers, you will be there in total control.
GO, Credit Suisse Fixed Income Structured Products
Looking back a few years now I begin to realize that I would never have achieved what I have if it was not for Harrison Careers. Being an international student and with no relevant work experience, I would probably have still been one of many students who at the end of their final year begin to realize that working for an investment bank would not be such a bad idea after all.
From day one I got a large amount of information which enabled me to be ahead of everyone else when it came to interviewing. I was given the opportunity to attend a variety of different sessions, gone through extensive interview coaching with truly outstanding industry experts!
One has to realize though is that you have to be committed and really want it, no one would do anything for you, all the information along with the training provided and it is entirely up to you how you utilize it. I had a truly amazing experience and would not change a thing. Although it was a big commitment at the time- it is definitely money well spent. I worked with real professionals in their fields who provided an outstanding service and I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone else.
SN, West LB Fixed Income Sales Analyst, London
They are very dedicated. Harrison Careers makes you do many things that you probably wouldn't have even thought about - I personally joined him and within six days I went through making a list of 10 achievements, 4 interviews (mock), one cold calling session, a charm coaching session and a case study session. After six days of being with them, I was offered a job! I had been trying unsuccessfully for so long...Anyway, I really felt positive after I joined Harrison Careers, they always made me feel wanted and able - I mean the amount of rejections that I had been through, I was really frustrated and might have given up after a while. HCS draws up an ABC Plan with you to start off, and literally gives you instructions on what to do and when to do it, they do everything with detail and make sure that you're ready for anything that you might be faced with. We had millions of mails flying between us. I didn't actually go through with everything that he had planned for me because I got offered a job well before that, but if you do then it's definitely worth the money you spend - that's my opinion. I mean the guy more or less guarantees a job offer, the only thing is that you have to prove that you are good enough - he doesn't take on every Tom, Dick and Harry onto his services. If he can see that you're capable then he'll take you on. He's got a track record - 100% success to date. If you're at university then this felt like a whole new module!!! In fact sometimes I worried that I wouldn't be able to cope - that's how good I thought he was.
Text message to Peter Harrison from client and friend, LA, in September 2006 following offer from US Investment Bank
Finally got the official offer earlier! For an associate position 58K + 10K relocation + 40K joining bonus! And this happened only thanks to u! More via email! Have a great weekend!
TK, Operations Division, Goldman Sachs
I have recently been offered a job as an Operations Analyst at Goldman Sachs. I will be working in Equity Derivatives. I have turned down offers with HSBC, and WestLB. I have also carried out an internship with HSBC and had an offer from ABN Amro which I have rejected. I also got to the final stage with Royal Bank of Scotland Operations, and then withdrew because I got my other offer from Goldman. None of this would have been possible if it wasn't for Peter and his team.
AR, UBS Equity Research Analyst, London
I actually got Peters help for two different career paths: investment banking and corporate law: after seeking Peter's help, I landed internships at 5 law firms including Clifford chance (UK no.1 firm) and 1 investment bank ( Bank of America) . I did one of the law firm internships before starting at Bank of America.
Could I have achieved the same results without Harrison's assistance? Absolutely not: I could not have done this without Peter's help: I knew nothing about corporate law whatsoever and had never interviewed with a law firm before Peters help: my first interview ever with a law firm was with the number one firm and I got the offer. With investment banks: yes I had interviewed with them before but had never got an offer. Post Peter's help: I am now at Bank of America securities.
As I mentioned earlier - I knew nothing about law - had no law related work experience before, was not studying law and I still got 5 offers. Again with banking I had never worked in an investment bank before. Financial experience helps but is not necessary. Peter will let you know everything you need to know and provide you with all the relevant materials. Peter will tell you what to do and how to do it – you have to put the work in yourself.
There is not a formal client selection process as such but of course that is exactly what he is doing all the time. He needs to constantly assess you in order to get you there. He marks you out of 10 (I started off pretty low down the scale but can confidently say that I moved up quickly).
This is how it works: Once you sign on you will constantly be going through mock interviews with Peter and he gives you instant feedback. He teaches you everything about interviewing- how to answer every single question - he also interviews you on the phone just before an interview- any last minute questions or any queries you can call him on his mobile anytime- he also has a lot of information and contacts that he gives you - so for example if you have a equity research interview he will give you so much information that you could not have possibly got hold of- that gives you an advantage over other candidates. He teaches you how to use that information and convey it across in an interview perfectly.
For me I only worked with Peter but what he does do is put you into touch with other people who have got job offers in the area you are interested in and you speak with them and have mock interviews with them and they give you a score out of 10 too.
You do get technical training (you have to do it yourself: he provides you with materials) yes you have all the contacts and yes he provides you with BRILLIANT material to give you an edge over other candidates. Applications are not written for you, that you do yourself (although the materials he gives you are pretty helpful).
I am glad to say that Peter is a friend and mentor for life. He is there with you until you get a confirmed job ( however many months that may take) but the thing is , he is a great guy and (and due to the high level of personal and professional) service you get to know him well and I am sure he will always be there to help you afterwards.
Do I think it is value for money? Of course it is: your first year analyst salary is £45000 - believe me it is one of the best investments I made in my life.
Peter is there for you anytime you need him and it is a personal service, that is informal yet professional, which is what makes it great.
If you have tried getting into an investment bank before and have been unsuccessful then this is definitely the best solution, if you have not tried to get into an investment bank before then believe me this is going to greatly enhance your chances of getting there. You should go for it....
HW, HSBC Investment Banking Division, London
I'm really grateful for Peter's help. I saw myself improving dramatically with Peter's notes covering every detail though the process, his wonderful team, specially tailored advice and the increasing motivations from each coaching feedback and Peter's emails/phone calls. They are incredibly organised and dedicated. I remember how Alison got coaching sessions organised within one day's notice and spoke to Peter for my final assessment when he was on holiday. It is absolutely worth more than what I paid for.
AP, Barclays Capital Credit Derivative Sales
Subscribing to Harrison Careers has been without doubt one of the best decisions I have made in the past 10 years. I had previously interviewed with several other investment banks but was constantly told that I was just not "wide enough" or "deep enough" in my knowledge. I did not understand as I thought I had prepared well but now I have gone through Harrison Careers I know I was not prepared at all. Harrison Careers will train you to answer impressively 95% of the questions you will get asked in interviews and the remaining 5% you will be able to answer on the spot because you will have had so much training. Harrison Careers will teach you how to stand out above the crowd, as the competition is fierce. For me, I was confident I had all the elements but Harrison Careers were able to help me bring them out in a way that sounded impressive and relevant.
The cost? It's not cheap but, trust me, find the money. My sign-on bonus that I got as soon as I signed the contract with a major investment bank covered the Harrison Careers fees. A word of warning, if you do subscribe, have no illusions that you are going to have to work hard. Peter (who is fantastic) and his team will be there every step of the way with you but you are going to have to put in the effort and time as well. If working for a top investment bank/consultancy firm is really, really what you want, then without doubt, you need to subscribe to this service to maximise your chances.
To finish off, here are some figures, I got invited to 13 investment banks for 1st round interview and of the 7 I attended I got invited to all 7 final rounds. I got an offer early on from the bank and desk I wanted to work for and I then had the task of cancelling interviews with 12 investment banks. I never would have got this far without Harrison Careers and without doubt if I had continued I am more than confident I could have obtained several other offers with the help of Harrison Careers.
ZD, Goldman Sachs Equity Capital Markets, Hong Kong
First of all, you won't be guaranteed a job, but I assure you if you work hard and follow Peter's very single advice, you will have many offers from all the top banks, accounting and consulting firms. Secondly, he will help you with soliciting professionals at the banks and help you to prepare professional emails and train you how to cold call professionals – this will get you the initial stage – interviews. Then he will have people have worked in the banks/accounting/consulting firm to coach you how to pass the interviews and get a full time offer. There are also other services. i.e. group exercises, case study, one to one interviews – all of this can help you to maximise your chances of getting hired.
I have been with Peter 6 months, and I have seen the most incredible improvement about myself – now I am interviewing with DB, CSFB, GS, MS, and JP Morgan. It is also something you learn that can benefit throughout your professional life (not just a dream job offer!!). You will be amazed how much you are ahead of your peers. Trust me it is worth it!!
SR, HSBC Equities Trading, London
Please pass on my heart felt gratitude to all those good fellows who volunteered to tutor me for this interview, it was all worth it. And again, my heart felt gratitude especially to you for putting up with my tantrums and for suggesting I follow up this lead in the first place. It goes without saying that I cannot be grateful enough.
MS, HSBC Investment Banking Division, London
I really want to say how much I appreciate your kind help and thoughtful advice. I can't imagine how hard life would have been without your help over the past year. What I learned from you will influence my whole life! Thank you so much!
PS, UBS Investment Banking Division, London
Over the summer I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to experience working in IBD at UBS. Harrison Careers Service was really instrumental in helping me to achieve this goal through various interview coaching and a range of other practice sessions they run. Of course the idea is to always get a job offer from an internship and HCS was always there throughout the summer to answer any critical questions I had.
My experience of working at UBS was extremely fulfilling and one which I look back on very fondly indeed. There is such a steep learning curve in IBD that even by week six I was undertaking all the tasks that a full time first year analyst would carry out. The level of responsibility that all the interns were expected to take on was extremely surprising, however it really spurred us on to achieve a lot. UBS really did push us to our limits and I for one was somewhat surprised at how much more I could achieve than I had first anticipated.
IBD is a really great place to work as it has a true meritocratic culture and hence if we made the most of our summer the rewards we got in return were great. I loved the exposure I got to some of the top levels of finance decision making and the chance to meet some truly great business minds. I am really excited to be going back to UBS next year, and encourage as many people as possible to apply to IBD.
OS, Citigroup Investment Banking Division
My overall experience with Harrison Careers Service is that it is a tough but fantastic and fulfilling way to land a role with any top professional services company out there. With the help of Harrison Career Service you feel empowered to go out there and really shine so that you impress your potential employer.
VT, Weil Gotshal
Just to let you know that I've been offered a training contract with Weil Gotshal this morning, which is great news. I haven't made any concrete decisions as to whether I will take it or not, but it's great to have one in the bag with Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May coming up.
Needless to say, I'm sure I wouldn't have been offered the job without the coaching of Harrison Careers.
YY, Deutsche Bank Global Markets Trading
My interview skills and confidence level when speaking has really, really improved a lot. I have been able to structure my answers better, and give very confident and well thought answers throughout my interviews, even to those questions which have been designed to throw me off my feet!
BH, Barclays Capital Equity Derivatives Trading
I first contacted Peter in 2003, but was unsure of paying the joining fee as I thought I could do it myself (One of the worst decisions I made at Uni, looking back at my applications they were terrible). After failing to land an internship in 2004, or a job in 2005, things were looking bad, bearing in mind I had made close to over 75 applications in those two years for internships, placements and Full time positions. I had the motivation, drive and skills to succeed, but I could never get past the application stage. In the summer of 2005 I finally took the plunge and decided to get the coaching. I thought of it as a leveraged buy out, I borrowed £2500 on my credit card and used my savings to pay for the fees, hoping that Peter's 100% track record would work and the process would pay dividends in the end.
At first I knew it would be hard work but I didn't know it would take so much effort! Luckily I had finished my degree therefore I could spend all my time on it. I went to all the Presentations, emailed as many professionals I could, and generally followed the advice Peter gave me. The result was 3 interviews with BarCap, UBS and DresdnerKW all for Trading. I haven't been rejected yet by the other banks and a full time offer from BarCap is a very satisfying result! But I must stress it does take A LOT OF WORK, but if you put in the work then IT IS A HUGE SUCCESS! If you're like me, and I know a lot of people at Uni who are/were and if you're struggling to get passed the application stage this service is the perfect remedy, and they do a hell of a job with the interview coaching! I especially was impressed by having my interview coaching for BarCap with people who had job offers from there previously!
XV, KPMG Assurance
My experiences with Harrison Careers have been excellent. I really found the technical notes for specific sectors very useful. Cold calling and emailing have also improved my ability to present myself through verbal and email correspondents. Coaching sessions have also been very beneficial. Most of the coaches were extremely helpful and patient.
LK, Morgan Stanley Investment Banking Division
I really enjoyed working with the people at Harrison Careers including Peter, Alison, Ria and Nina. You were all extremely friendly and made everything so easy, in terms of coordinating coaching sessions and getting the notes to me on time. I would strongly recommend this service to your future clients as I felt I benefited so much from it. To many people, the cost is a big concern and understandably so. Even for me, I had to think about it a lot before deciding to join and I got a lot of criticism from my friends because they thought I was just being stupid wasting my money. But I feel that every cent was worth it because it got me my dream job, what I've always wanted but never knew I could be capable of achieving.
SB, West LB Leveraged Finance
I was quite apprehensive on the fees charged by Peter but it was definitely worth it. I quite liked the manual sent off by Peter, which covered typical questions, motivation and other standard typical questions. I thought I was pretty good at interviewing myself but the coaches were quite a boost, catching some of my typical mistakes straight off. I think I ask loads of questions usually, so was emailing Peter and team - thanks on help and patience! Lots of ups and downs on the way. Different banks run different styles of assessments and it can be quite useful to have some knowledge and check your strengths and weaknesses. It is especially beneficial if the coach has had previous experience of interviewing at same bank. Glad to have the role I coveted, studying for my exams and planning next holiday....!
TK, Goldman Sachs Operations
Let me start of with a bit of my history... I came from a very average background - I went to a comprehensive state school - I got 4 A's 2 B's and11 C's for my GCSE's. I went on to do my A levels and obtained ABD (20 UCAS points - the minimum requirement is 22 now mine may seem close but when you apply online 22 points means 22 and you get automatically rejected if you have anything less). I went on to do Business Studies at Westminster and Graduated with a 2:1. The only work experience I had was retail based and one HR work placement.
I now work for one of the best investment banks in the industry starting on a normal grad salary of £46k six months ago - since then I have received a substantial pay increase and a nice bonus (this is of course performance related).
I never believed I would ever get the job that I am in at the moment - but Peter and Alison said to me from day one that I would and they really believed in me and my capabilities. In my opinion Peter and Alison are not going to take on students who they think are incapable as this is going to ruin there 100% success level. I have a lot to thank these guys for – every time I would walk out of an interview Peter or one of his team would be on the phone to see how it went - they genuinely care about you as a person and about your career.
With the help of Peter and his team I had 3 internship offers with UBS, HSBC, and ABN Amro, I secured graduate offers with Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, HSBC and WestLB. I then turned down a final round interview with RBS.
I have to be honest and say you have a lot of work to do - there is a lot of networking, research, and applications that you need to do. This gets extremely intense when you have coursework/exam pressures - trust me. You have to be self motivated to do everything that needs to be done.
I look back on the money I spent today and can honestly say it was the best money that I have ever spent - I can't believe I even thought twice about it and trust me if you join up with these guys you will in 6 months time be thinking the same thing.
Peter is the best person to advise on whether to do a Masters - I went with his advice and he got me where I am today.
Please please please make sure you do loads of research on the role you want to do, speak to Peter, people in the industry, or Google searches. It's important that you try to pick a job you will enjoy as the hours are long, the work is intense but all of this doesn't matter if your doing something you enjoy.
YL, Morgan Stanley Operations
Peter's service was very helpful to me. I was in the position where I had very little knowledge of the job market and how the system worked. Also, being in Oxford, rather than the LSE gave me a slight disadvantage, because there were not as many Chinese students and not many of them were interested in Investment Banking. Peter guided me through the process and let me know what to expect. All of the information he gave me was valuable, effective and thoughtful. I will still work with him until I get the job I really want, which is another thing I really like about Peter's service. Unless you give up on yourself, Peter won't give up on you, and is always there to provide all the help, advice and support you need.
KP, Credit Suisse Operations
I would like to be absolutely honest and to the point. Peter and his team are fantastic, simply incredible! The best thing about the entire endeavour is the fact that Peter doesn't get you a job, he shows you the way, what you end up with completely depends on how much and how little hard work you put in. I followed the entire process i.e from cold calling the professionals within IBs which got me to spend some time at some of the top IBs during the summer, to the assessment round tips. I was coached by some of the best coaches who, by the way, themselves work in some of the most distinguished IBs and thoroughly understand what is expected of the candidates. And of course if you have any questions you have Peter to help you out with it. He is very friendly and a fantastic guy who would always reply to all my emails and make sure that am completely satisfied with the his answers, he was incredibly supportive throughout the period.
I had applied to limited number of firms, as I was keen on getting back to Lehman Brothers where I had spent my summers, and got through the assessment rounds of Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse, but honestly speaking it's not just about getting a lucrative offer from a dream firm, what Peter and his team really does is prepare you to embrace new set of challenges and set yourself higher goals ahead in your life with supreme confidence. To sum it all up, I must say it was a wonderful experience!
AJ, KPMG Assurance
Regarding Harrison Careers, I have been a client of Peter's before and I absolutely love the one to one coaching service I received. I went through some rough times at the beginning having no knowledge of the finance sector and now trying to come across as a convincing candidate wanting to switch careers. I believe that with the help of the Harrison Careers coaches and your and Peter's, I was able to achieve all the above. Personally, I find the service to be very good and up to my expectations.
CK, Bank of America Mortgage Backed Securities Sales
All I can say is many thanks for all the support and help throughout the internship and graduate application process!! It has been of tremendous use to call on your advice when needed and that of your coaches, especially as you have firsthand experience of how the industry works. Whether it's just to ask silly questions or clarify what areas are within certain banks it's been useful to know I have someone to call who really knows what they are talking about.
CT, JP Morgan Technology & Morgan Stanley Technology Division
The things I loved most about the HCS service were:
• The bunch of materials! They are really worth it. The information provided in the package covered a wide range which made me look like experienced though I wasn't.
• The group discussion session. It is helpful because it simulates the actual environments and you are evolved as if you are in the assessment center. More importantly, your good points and bad points are picked out thoroughly by the coaches and your colleagues, which is never available in the real assessment center's feedback!
The individual coaches. Although the questions asked are quite common, it provides you the great opportunity to think really carefully about yourself. After each coach, you will feel you are more serious than 10 minutes ago about getting the job in investment banks. After several times, you become so confident that you start to think the offer is already in your pocket!