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Financial services and insurance advice

Financial services roles directly affect the everyday lives of ordinary people. Most individuals need day-to-day financial management products, and some of these are also needed by companies. Reinsurance and underwriting also make up an important part of this sector, while financial regulators ensure a safe and fair service for all. Our advice will help you stand out in your applications and at assessment centres for graduate schemes, as well as giving you an overview of the roles and specialisms open to you.

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Skills and competencies

Internships and placements

Pay and progression

Training and qualification

Areas of work

  • Insurance: graduate area of work

    Insurance professionals protect both individuals and companies against potential financial risks. Innovative, positive-thinking graduates who are keen to get to grips with both numbers and people in a constantly changing environment would fit well here.


  • Insurance loss adjusting: graduate area of work

    For the right graduate, insurance loss adjusting provides an interesting job: the graduate is part fraud spotter, part technical expert.


  • Regulation and compliance: graduate area of work

    Graduates working in financial regulation or compliance roles ensure good practice across the industry and protect consumers. If you're an organised, adaptable graduate with an analytical mindset and a keen eye for detail, this could be the area for you.


  • Financial planning and wealth management: graduate area of work

    Financial planning is a growth area with high pay-offs for top professionals. Caspar Bartington, relationship manager at the Chartered Insurance Institute, talks to TARGETjobs about this relatively unknown career.


  • Retail banking: graduate area of work

    Graduates working in retail banking roles deal with personal finances in a fast-paced environment that's all about excellent customer service. If you're a natural innovator and people person with managerial aspirations, you'll fit right in here.


  • Risk management in finance: graduate area of work

    Risk managers control the risks taken by financial services organisations. Attentive, inquisitive graduates with a head for numbers and the ability to anticipate the future are well suited to this area.


  • Actuarial: graduate area of work

    Actuaries evaluate complex risks. This is a career area suited to highly analytical, numerate graduates who can communicate well and keep a strategic eye on the future.


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