How to get a career in finance
Careers in this industry are open to everyone!
There are 3 myths that we want to get rid of right now, namely:
That you need a maths degree to get into the industry
– you don’t
That you need to work in London
– you don’t
That you can’t have a family and still have a career
– you can
Careers in this profession can be rewarding in a way that only helping people can be – and we’re calling out for fresh new voices like yours to help us transform the future.
An industry open to all
While a knowledge of subjects such as accountancy, business management or financial studies may improve your chances, employers often regard personal qualities as being just as important as academic qualifications.
Indeed, relevant experience in a customer service or sales setting is also viewed positively, as is real life experience, and there are so many ways to enter the industry and roles available. For example, you could join a graduate scheme, become an apprentice, or start at an entry level position.
The important thing is to bring your personality, bring your drive, bring your passion and the rest will all fall into place.
In terms of the skills needed, you’ll need to show evidence of some of the following:
- excellent communication, interpersonal and listening skills
- the capability to explain complex information simply and clearly
- the ability to network and establish relationships with clients
- research and analytical skills
- negotiation and influencing skills as well as determination and tenacity
- the ability to work in a team
- time management skills
- customer service skills
- self-motivation and organisation
- a good level of numeracy and IT skills
- a flexible approach to work
- decision-making skills
- discretion and an understanding of the need for client confidentiality
- an ethical and professional approach to work
employers often regard personal qualities as being just as important as academic qualifications
It's important to remember that you don’t need to know everything, and you don’t need to understand the technical ins and outs from the beginning
You will get that on the job, through training, coaching and mentoring.
The important thing is to bring your personality, drive, passion – and the rest will fall into place.