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Career Guidebook for IT in Retail Banking

Book Description

"Career Guidebook for IT in Retail Banking" is a complete handbook that provides a guideline to careers in Retail Banking IT. The idea behind the publication is to introduce IT professionals to the career paths in this sector of the financial services industry. The chapters in the book cover the following topics: overview of the business of Retail Banking; business divisions of Retail Banking that utilise IT professionals; types of IT careers in Retail Banking; IT contract vs. permanent positions; skill needed for a career in Retail Banking IT; issues with types of technology used in the industry; the future of IT careers in Retail Banking; and much more."Career Guidebook for IT in Retail Banking" is an invaluable reference handbook for IT professionals. It is also useful for both undergraduate and graduate students in Information Technology - related degree programmes. This is another publication in the "Bizle Professional Series"

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Preface
  3. 1. Overview of Retail Banking
    1. Introduction
    2. Definition of Retail Banking
    3. Difference between Retail Banking and Investment Banking
    4. Difference between Retail Banking and Commercial Banking
    5. Difference between Retail Banking and Private Banking
    6. The Business of Retail Banking
      1. Sources of Revenue for Retail Banks
  4. 2. Functions within Retail Banks
    1. Introduction
    2. Functions in Retail Banks
      1. Front Office
      2. Middle Office
      3. Back Office
    3. Distribution Channels
  5. 3. Products in Retail Banking
    1. Introduction
    2. Accounts
    3. Loans (including Overdrafts)
    4. Cards
    5. Mortgages
    6. Insurance
  6. 4. Effects of the Credit Crunch on Retail Banking
    1. Introduction
    2. Origins of the Credit Crunch
    3. Lehmans Collapse
    4. Effects on Retail Banking
  7. 5. Career Paths in Retail Banking IT
    1. Introduction
    2. Routes to Retail Banking IT-related Careers
    3. The Qualifications Debate
    4. Roles in Retail Banking IT
      1. Chief Information Officer
      2. Team Management
        1. Typical description for a manager
        2. Ideal skillset for a manager
      3. Business Analyst
        1. Typical job description for a business analyst
        2. Ideal skillset for a business analyst
      4. Systems Analyst
        1. Typical job description for a systems analyst
        2. Ideal skillset for a systems analyst
      5. Database Administrator (DBA)
        1. Typical job description for a DBA
        2. Ideal skillset for a DBA
      6. Project Manager (PM)
        1. Typical job description for a PM
        2. Ideal skillset for a PM
      7. Test Analyst
        1. Typical job description for a test analyst
        2. Ideal skillset for a test analyst
      8. Systems Architect
        1. Typical job description for a systems architect
        2. Ideal skillset for a systems architect
      9. Application Developer
        1. Typical job description for an application developer
        2. Ideal skillset for an application developer
      10. Release Manager
        1. Typical job description for a release manager
        2. Ideal skillset for a release manager
      11. Quality Assurance Manager
        1. Typical job description for a quality assurance manager
        2. Ideal skillset for a quality assurance manager
      12. Helpdesk Analyst
        1. Typical job description for a helpdesk analyst
        2. Ideal skillset for a helpdesk analyst
      13. Technical Support Analyst
        1. Typical job description for a technical support architect
        2. Ideal skillset for a technical support
      14. Web Designer/Developer
        1. Typical job description for a web designer/developer
        2. Ideal skillset for a web designer/developer
      15. IT/Information Security Analyst
        1. Typical job description for an IT/information security analyst
        2. Ideal skillset for an IT/information security analyst
  8. 6. Tasks in Retail Banking IT
    1. Introduction
    2. What is a Project?
    3. Methodologies used for Projects in Retail Banking
      1. PRINCE2
      2. Starting up a project
      3. Initiating a project
      4. Directing a project
      5. Controlling a stage
      6. Managing stage boundaries
      7. Closing a project
      8. V-model
      9. The phases of the V-model
      10. Verification phases
        1. Requirements analysis
        2. System design
        3. Architecture design
        4. Module design
      11. Validation phases
        1. Unit testing
        2. Integration testing
        3. System testing
        4. User acceptance testing
      12. Agile
    4. Project Description
      1. Project Initiation
      2. Project Implementation
      3. Project Closing
    5. Conclusion
  9. 7. Tips for Snapping up Retail Banking IT Roles
    1. Introduction
    2. CVs (Résumés) and Cover Letters
      1. Cover Letter
      2. CVs (Résumés)
      3. Checklist Prior to sending a CV (Résumé)
    3. Researching Potential Employers
    4. How to Succeed in Numeracy Tests
    5. Interviewing Process
    6. Merits of International Positions
    7. After Landing a Position
      1. Understanding Office Politics
    8. Career Management
      1. Continuous Learning
      2. Developing People Skills
      3. Self-development
  10. 8. Future of IT in Retail Banks
    1. Introduction
    2. Future of Retail Banking
      1. Near-term and Long-term Opportunities
      2. Targeting of Attractive Segments for Growth
      3. Harmonisation of the Role of Segments, Products and Channels
      4. Alignment of Corporate Strategy and Risk
    3. How Does This Affect Careers in Retail Banking IT?
    4. Conclusion
  11. Appendices
    1. Useful Websites
    2. Specialist Recruitment Agencies
  12. Other Titles in the Bizle Professional Series
  13. About Essvale Corporation Limited
  14. About the Bizle Brand