Early Careers We've got big things in mind for you
If you think Capital One is simply a credit card provider, think again. In many ways, we're more of a technology business than a finance company. We pioneered the use of predictive modelling in this industry, and today we still look at credit the way tech companies look at everything – with a view to changing the way people live, making things simpler and easier for our customers.
As a result, you’ll find Capital One an inspiring place to launch your career. We’re all about hiring the best people and enabling them to do great things. That’s why we’re so passionate about our early careers recruitment. It’s a great way to introduce people to our business and encourage them to challenge the status quo.
We’re proud of our award-winning culture. It’s one that embraces bold ideas, creativity and collaboration. If you’ve got a passion for bringing about significant change, working alongside awesome people and using technology to make things easier for customers, come and kick start your career at Capital One.
All our Early Careers programmes are now closed. We’ll be open again from September 2020 for our 2021 intake.
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This is an opportunity to turn ideas into reality, to improve the way we do things right across our business and to have a direct impact on our customers. Bring us a high level numeracy, and we’ll help you develop the coding skills and analytical capabilities you need to influence our future – and succeed in yours.
As a tech company that does credit cards, software development is at the heart of who we are. Join us here, and you’ll help us turn the latest technologies into fantastic customer experiences. You’ll need some programming skills but you don’t need to be an expert – our training will help you quickly get up to speed.
Data is shaping the world like never before. And on this programme, you’ll help us to not only make sense of our data, but to use it to positively impact our customers. If you’re analytical with a mathematical mind, this is an opportunity to turn data into the kinds of insights that will take us both forward.
We’re a customer-focused business – we’re also a competitive one. So on our Financial Analyst programme, you’ll be central to our success. If you have a good head for figures, this is an opportunity to help us make critical decisions that will impact what we do, how we do it and where we take our business next.
Data Scientist, Post Graduate
We’re responsible for a vast amount of data. On this programme, you’ll help us turn that data into something more – into the kinds of insights that will define how we work and what we do next. If you have a Master’s or PHD in an analytical field, we’ll help you to take your skills to a whole new level.
We’re proud of our products and services. Partly because we know they help to make people’s lives easier. On this programme, you’ll help us to get that message out there using a range of channels and creative approaches. If you’re a creative problem solver, this is a brilliant opportunity to make your name in marketing.
How would you like to bring big ideas to life and help us bridge the gap between finance and customers? That’s what this programme is all about. And whether you’re creating must-see video content or immersive digital experiences, you’ll be able to draw on your creativity and problem-solving skills to the full.
It’s important to get the balance right in Risk Management, which is where you come in. You’ll help us make the right decisions for our business – and our customers. Bring us strong analytical and communication skills and we’ll give you the kind of wide-reaching exposure that will underpin your success.
This programme gives you huge scope to make a difference to our business – and to our customers. Because you won’t just be looking after our day-to-day activities, you’ll be constantly thinking about how we can do things even better. It’s the perfect place for customer-centric team players to do work that really matters.
We’ve created some truly pioneering products – and we’re hungry to develop even more. Working with teams across the business, you’ll get involved in everything from strategy through to design. If you’re a great communicator and team player, this is a brilliant opportunity to stretch your skills and shape our future.
programme for you
Strategy Analyst - Internship
This 10-week programme will see you tackling a range of projects – all of which will have a direct impact on our customers. You’ll look at problems from every angle and help us to find new and even better ways of doing things. You could be studying any subject – we’ll just want to see good numeracy and creativity.
Software Academy - Internship
If you love to code, this 10-week internship could be for you. It’s an opportunity to develop your skills in a wide range of tech systems and software, all while helping us to create new solutions that will enhance our business and make life easier for our customers. Get ready to have some serious fun.
Software Academy - Placement Year
If you love to code, this placement could be for you. It’s an opportunity to develop your skills in a wide range of tech systems and software, all while helping us to create new solutions that will enhance our business and make life easier for our customers. Get ready to have some serious fun on your year out.
Data Scientist - Internship
Our interns never take a back seat. So on this 10-week programme, you can expect to be immersed in real challenges – specifically, you’ll look at how we can turn our data into meaningful insights that will help our customers. You’ll need to bring some programming experience and a curious, creative approach.
Meet our graduates
Join one of the ‘UK’s Top Places to Work’. That’s what the Glassdoor employee’s choice awards awarded us. Here’s why:
We'll give you everything you need to shine
Capital One University Programme
Professional Development curricula designed to equip you with the skills you'll need to be effective and impactful
Role Specific Development
Structured role specific development designed to give you the knowledge needed to excel in your role
Structured rotations offering you the chance to work with other teams, experience other roles and better understand our business
We’ll give you real life projects which will engage, inspire and stretch you, and will also give you the chance to shine
Strong Support Network
From line managers, mentors and buddies to our Early Careers team, you’ll have a strong network of support to help you get the most out of your programme
Quality Development Planning
We’ll help you to get really clear about your personal strengths, your development areas and help you to make plans to close the gap
Inspiring Speaker Series
You’ll get the opportunity to attend a variety of speaker sessions from our own leadership team and external speakers
You'll get good quality, regular, open and honest developmental feedback from managers, peers, and mentors enabling you to better understand your progress
You’ll have access to a graduate community which offers amazing peer support, exciting social events and networking opportunities to help with the transition into work and immersion into the business
We’ll create space for you to actively participate in community programmes, recruitment campaigns and learning events to enhance your experience and learning
Life at Capital One
Capital One is an award-winning place to work and we got this recognition by practicing what we preach. We make work life simple, by giving our associates a culture that enables them to thrive and be creative.
We’re interested in your skills and ideas, not what you’re wearing
You won’t need to roll up in a suit every day to make a good impression. Smart casual is fine by us.
Expect hard work, but not ridiculous hours
We’ll give you sensible hours, with a reasonable amount of flexibility.
Step out the office when you need to
We care about how good your work is, not how much time you spend at your desk. So you’re free to recharge and rethink in our chill out areas, with snacks, games and pool tables.
Spotlight on our Software Academy Graduate Programme
Watch Krishan talk about his reasons for joining the Software Academy Graduate Programme at Capital One.
Offices in prime locations
Nottingham’s been our main base for over 20 years
It’s a classic student city – lively, cultured and affordable.
We have countless cinemas, theatres, castles, caves and markets. And the pubs and clubs are as plentiful as you’d expect from a student city.
Working at our Nottingham office gives you a couple of extra perks too. You can seriously unwind with our on-site massage therapists and well-equipped music room. We also host regular talks from industry experts and even Nobel Prize winners.
Our London home is a tech haven
We’re set up at the White Collar Factory at Silicon Roundabout on Old Street.
Here, we rub shoulders with some of the world’s biggest tech companies. As well as all the latest start-ups.
Our offices have all the latest collaborative tech, flexible workspaces and a view of the London skyline.
Its central London location comes with all the cultural and industrial hotspots you could ever need. Our building even has a rooftop running track.
Step 11. Get the ball rolling
Choose the role that’s right for you. Click ‘apply’, attach your CV and answer a couple of basic application questions.
Step 22. Show us what you bring to the table
Take an assessment online. This is your chance to show us how well you can: - Deal with different situations - Use numbers and information to make good decisions - Code (if that’s part of the job).
Step 33. Fire up your webcam and say hi
Answer the questions we give either over video or in person. Some of them will be about why you want the job. Some will be technical questions. Apply to be an analyst, and you’ll do a case study with one of our Analysts over video too.
Step 44. Come and meet us in person
Come to our office and we’ll set you several tasks, that could include things like:
- Case studies – to test your problem solving and business instincts.
- Presentations - how well can you research and communicate ideas?
- Group tasks – to make sure you work collaboratively
- Coding tests – if you apply to our Software Academy, you’ll complete a code pairing exercise alongside one of our developers to see how you problem solve and code in a live environment.
We know this makes it sound like The Apprentice, but it’s far less intimidating – friendlier people, fewer cameras and more biscuits. So just be yourself, come well prepared and you’ll probably find it fun.
Step 55. Your final interview
Last interview, we promise. Depending on the role you’ve applied for, we may invite you in for a final interview to get to know you a bit better before we make our final decision.
Step 66. ‘Yay’ or ‘Nay’
You’ll get plenty of support from your recruiter to help you prepare for each stage and after each step, we’ll be in touch within a couple of days. If it’s bad news, we won’t just say ‘no thanks’ – we’ll be happy to give you feedback to explain why we’re not asking you back. We’ll tell you where you did well and where you could do better. If it’s good news, we’ll tell you everything you need to know for the next stage. Once you’ve run out of stages, it’ll be a ‘congratulations, see you soon’.