London Met student aces Bloomberg employability test

Daniel Wark ranked fifth highest scoring candidate across Europe, Africa and the Middle East in Bloomberg Aptitude Test

Date: 9 May 2014

Financial Mathematics student Daniel Wark has made it into the Bloomberg Institute hall of fame by being ranked as the fifth highest scoring candidate in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to have taken the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT).

The test is used by employers in the business world to evaluate the employability of candidates, and assesses students’ ability to think critically, to problem solve and to grasp new ideas on financial topics.

“I decided to take the BAT because I would ideally like to use my mathematics degree to build a career in finance,” said Daniel.

“After you sit the test, your score gets placed into a database which employers can access to find people with skills suiting their jobs. It is a small commitment (taking the test is free and you cannot really revise for it as the standardised nature tests your style of thinking rather than knowledge) which may lead to the large reward of a job.”

Daniel, originally from Carlisle, but now based in Abu Dhabi with his family, is currently studying BSc Financial Mathematics in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Computing at London Met.

“The best thing about my course is the involvement of the lecturers. They enjoy helping their students and it is a pleasure to have teachers like that.”

The BAT is offered free of charge on campus and you can also retake the test later as only your best scores will be visible to employers. Students of all degrees and all levels of study are invited to take the BAT which offers a variety of internship and full time job opportunities.

“This summer I'm going to be doing an internship in a financial services company in China,” added Daniel. “It will give me an insight into how that sort of environment would suit me if I choose to follow my career in that field.

“If I enjoy it then once I graduate I will be looking for further employment in a graduate scheme of a large company where I can gain further skills. Once I've settled on the direction I will follow for my career path, then I will study for a postgraduate course.”

Daniel’s success underlines how London Met’s focus on employability is having an impact on students’ future prospects. London Met was the number one modern university for graduate starting salaries in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2013.

Take the Bloomberg Aptitude Test here.

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