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FOCUS :

FINANCE

T

he financial sector
is a key driver of
the UK economy
and a major
employer across
the country. It's
estimated that the
industry accounts for 12% of the UK's
economic output and employs
2.2million people, with two-thirds of
jobs in the financial and professional
services located outside London.
While the Brexit vote has highlighted
the potential future challenges the sector
is facing, some are optimistic that it could
create new opportunities. Read on to find
out more about the available openings...

KEY AREAS

Words: Trish Lesslie. Images: Shutterstock

Retail banks and
building societies
The sector's biggest employers, retail
banks, are at the heart of our financial lives
and offer a range of positions, from Tellers
to Mortgage Advisers and Managers.
Work is typically located in high street
branches, although there are now
increasing opportunities to work for online
banks and supermarkets that offer banking
services. Depending on your role, you
will help with the financial requirements
of individuals and businesses and provide
advice and financial services on bonds,
loans, overdrafts and savings accounts.
Get qualified: If you don't have a degree,
you may be able to join a bank in an entrylevel customer service role and work up to
management through in-house courses,
some of which are fast-track programmes.
Mortgage adviser training schemes run
by banks and building societies allow you
to work your way up from a Customer
Service Adviser role in a bank or building
society. It's also possible to get into this
career through an apprenticeship.
Retail banks and building societies also
offer graduate management training

programmes, which usually lead to
a management role upon successful
completion. They are open to all graduates,
and you do not need to have a financerelated degree. To qualify for such a scheme,
you'll usually need to have a 2:2 or above.
Salary expectation: On a graduate
management trainee programme, you
could earn in the region of £18,000 to
£25,000, with possible joining bonuses
(of around £2,000) and other bonuses too.
Salaries can rise to around £21,000
to £40,000 with bonuses for your first
Branch Management role. Many
employers also offer a range of benefits
including private healthcare, contributory
pension, share schemes and life insurance.

may also require further professional
qualifications. The Chartered Institute for
Securities & Investment (CISI) provides
a number of qualifications related to the
work of investment bankers, which are
approved by the FSA. Completing an
internship with an investment bank can
improve your chances of securing a job.
Salary expectations: The average starting
salary is around £30,000 to £40,000.
After three or more years, salaries can
reach £50,000. Those with significant
experience may earn around £150,000.
Pay is often performance related and
bonuses can sometimes be four times the
salary, or more. Some employers offer
welcome bonuses of £2,000 to £5,000.

Corporate investment banking

Private practice accountancy

The main role of a Corporate Investment
Banker is to advise companies, institutions
and governments on how to achieve their
financial goals and implement long- and
short-term financial plans. You will be
expected to manage corporate, strategic
and financial opportunities, including

As a PPA, your day-to-day duties might
include preparing financial statements,
business plans and budget reports,
producing accounts, auditing, managing
clients' spending and costs, filing tax
returns and giving tax advice, forecasting
profits and performance, helping businesses

You don't have a degree? You may
be able to join a bank in a customer
service adviser role and work up
mergers, acquisitions, bonds and shares,
privatisations and initial public offerings
(IPOs). You may also advise and lead
management buy-outs, raise capital and
identify and secure new deals for clients.
Get qualified: Investment banks usually
ask for at least a 2:1 degree with a strong,
consistent, academic performance. They
often specify a minimum number of
UCAS points (achieved by converting
qualifications into points, making it
simpler for course providers to compare
applicants). New trainees must complete
Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
training and exams. Some employers

that may be in financial difficulty and
investigating fraud (forensic accounting).
You'll deal with all of these if you work
for a small accountancy practice and your
clients could range from small businesses
to large companies or wealthy individuals.
In a large practice you'll specialise in one
area such as tax or insolvency. With
experience, you could specialise in an area
such as auditing or forensic accounting,
or become a Practice Manager. You could
then move into a partnership or become
a Finance Director, self-employed
or set up your own company.
Get qualified: Entry requirements vary

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