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Accountancy and financial management

  This sector covers a wide range of financial careers, such as:

  • accountancy and tax
  • retail, commercial and investment banking
  • investment management

Applying early, plus undertaking work experience or an internship, improves your chances of breaking in to the industry, as many banks recruit from their internship programmes. Competition within investment banking is particularly fierce. 

Read our blog: Six ways to prepare to be an accountant

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Spotlight On 

Finance careers attract students from a wide variety of disciplines. Three graduates from different backgrounds talk about their roles in finance. 

Finance Analyst

Lydia Hewitt, physics alumna, works as a finance analyst at Jaguar Land Rover.

Lydia explains what she does on a day-to-day basis, the importance of people skills and gives advice on choosing a graduate training scheme.

 

Tax Associate

Sam Nield, maths alumnus, is a tax associate at PwC.

He secured an internship in his second year and was offered a job at the end of his degree. Sam talks about what he does on a day-to-day basis including the clients he works with. Could a career in tax be for you?

 

Commercial Finance Manager

Joe Hesford, an English and philosophy graduate is a commercial finance manager at Vodafone.

He talks about utilising the skills from his degree in his job and offers advice to other arts graduates interested in a business-related career.

 

Websites and key publications

Click on each career below for links to publications and websites that provide further information on each career area.

Accountancy

 

Taxation


 

Retail banking and personal financial services


 

Investment banking and corporate financial services

  • Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) - comprehensive graduate careers information including career profiles and qualifications required
  • Inside Buzz - register and download their free guide An Inside Look at Investment Banking
  • Inside Careers - publish the graduate career guide: Banking and Investments which provides  information about the City and its institutions, career options, leading recruiters and application deadlines - free copies are available from our office while stocks last
  • Investing in Bonds Europe - educational, non-profit, non-commercial website all about bonds. It offers in-depth market data, economic indicators, market news and commentary on the different bond markets
  • Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) - information on financial services industry, career options and graduate recruitment opportunities
  • Markit Select - recruitment agency that offers financial trading competitions to students at leading universities and business schools. The trading simulations are designed to identify talented student traders for recruitment by leading financial institutions. The competitions can provide experience of the demands of professional trading
  • Prospects - for a professional insight into the careers in this industry 
  • TARGETjobs - graduate career information and vacancies
 

Investment management


  • Inside Careers - publish the graduate career guide:  Investment Banking which provides  information about the City and its institutions, career options, leading recruiters and application deadlines - free copies are available from our office while stocks last
  • Investing in Bonds Europe - educational, non-profit, non-commercial website all about bonds. It offers in-depth market data, economic indicators, market news and commentary on the different bond markets 
  • London Stock Exchange - information on job opportunities and the professional development programme for graduate-level staff
  • Prospects - for a professional insight into the  careers in this  industry
  • TARGETjobs - graduate career information and vacancies
  • Wealth Management Association (WMA) - online directory of brokers and a comprehensive list of UK, Europe and worldwide organisations
 

Resources covering all of the careers above

 

 

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