How to get a job in finance
Get your calculators ready boys & girls. While a job in finance may not have been your dream career, if you want to earn some serious money, it might be time to reconsider.
In fact, three finance jobs featured in the Top 5 jobs for high graduate starting salaries with investment bankers on £35,000, bankers on £28,500 and financial consultants starting at £26,750. So how, exactly, do you get a job in finance?
Here are my 5 top tips for pursuing a career in finance & accounting.
What finance job do you want?
From accounting technicians and stock brokers to bankers, financial advisers, tax inspectors and more, finance offers a wide range of interesting and diverse career paths.
Do some research and explore the different options available. Of course, the path you chose will be the one that best suits your personality. Fortunately in finance, there is something for everyone.
Degree or not to be?
Ok, so you’ll clearly have a big advantage if you have a finance-related degree. But if you don’t, it’s not doom and gloom. Show you’re commitment to pursuing a finance career by doing internships, work experience and studying towards additional qualifications.
Set your sights on companies
Instead of putting all your efforts into looking for a specific job, look at it from the employer angle and consider the type of companies you’d like to work for. A local directory is a good place to start.
Write a list of the top 10 companies you’d like to work for and let those companies know you’re interested in working for them.
Expand your search
Broaden your job hunting as much as possible. Use job boards, including finance-specific job boards such as GAAPweb, tap into your networks (online & offline) and attend career fairs. Also, have a look at the finance publications and see what companies are getting mentioned – do any of them take your fancy?
Network, network, network
Write a list of everybody you know. What do they do? Why do they know? Does anyone work at your target companies? Can anyone provide you with any insight to help your job search?
While these steps may sound relatively straight forward, everybody appreciates the hard work and commitment required when looking for a job.
Of all the tips that I have shared, the most important thing you must remember is no matter how hard the job seeking process becomes, it will be extremely worthwhile, and with enough determination, you will find a job in finance.
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