Working in finance

The wide range of financial occupations include working in banks and building societies and in accountancy.

You could manage investments: managing and growing the wealth of individuals and organisations. You might prefer to work in insurance of anything from cars to houses, for individuals and businesses. As a financial adviser, you would help people plan their finances, including mortgages, investments and pension schemes. You could choose to do financial work in a local or national government department.

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Approximate pay levels

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To become a senior manager or partner you will need several years’ experience and progress through the levels of management.

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Future careers

The recession led to a drop off in hiring by banks, but job opportunities are now increasing. Banks are, in particular, offering more training schemes to school leavers.

Things to consider

To work in the finance sector, you generally need skills in:

  • ICT and numeracy
  • communication and team working
  • problem solving.

Useful links

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National Skills Academy for Financial Services