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Finance is one of the most popular industries amongst graduates – and although that might be due in part to the higher-than-average starting salary it typically offers, the profits of landing a graduate job in finance definitely don’t end with a pay cheque.
From years of working with businesses in the financial sector, I know that a career in finance can provide a lot of great benefits for graduates from many different backgrounds.
And don’t just take my word for it - here are just a few of the reasons why you should consider a career in finance.
As an industry (and especially since the rise of new technologies), finance is constantly evolving. What this means for graduate finance jobs is that they tend to be both fast-paced and varied, regardless of whether you’re a target-driven salesperson or someone a little more behind the scenes, like an analyst or a project manager. For someone who thrives under pressure and loves being kept on their toes, graduate finance jobs are a great choice. You’ll be exposed to a stimulating, challenging environment early on in your career - forcing you to learn quickly, develop existing skills, and grow in confidence.
As well as being challenged in your day-to-day role, graduate finance jobs often provide opportunities to undertake training and gain qualifications. An employer will even sometimes cover the costs associated with taking an exam or attending a course, as well as account for the relevant time out of the office as study leave.
This means that not only will you get the chance to learn about new things early on in your career, but you’ll be able to build up your CV with impressive credentials, and set yourself apart from the increasingly competitive pool of recent graduates.
You never stop learning in finance - so progression is likely to be very quick. As a graduate, it’s unlikely that you’ll given as much responsibility in any sector other than finance, meaning that it will be a steep learning curve from the very start.
And while most other industries focus on seniority (in terms of age) when considering progression, finance tends to focus more on skills and performance – giving graduates the freedom to move up the ranks extremely quickly if they put in the work.
For many employees in the financial sector, knowing that the work they do will benefit others gives them great job satisfaction.
There are countless different roles and sub-sectors within finance – and whether you get a graduate job working in pensions, education, insurance or banking, all will contribute to helping other people in some way.
And at the end of the day, who doesn’t want to feel great about the work they do?
A great thing about the graduate job opportunities within the finance sector is that they are hugely varied. I’m often asked whether a job in finance requires a degree in Maths or Finance, and my answer is absolutely not – within finance, you will be able to find a job that matches your skill set, whatever your background and degree subject.
Within the financial sector, there are a number of smaller sectors, which split into further divisions, teams, and eventually individual roles – and although some of these will be heavily maths-based, there are plenty of other jobs that will be better suited to candidates with other degrees – like humanities, IT or social sciences.
So whatever your skills and degree subject, you’ll be able to explore your options and find your perfect graduate finance job.
Although finance itself is a hugely diverse and always-evolving sector, one thing remains the same – it offers a number of great benefits which make it the ideal choice for graduates.
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