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Your future in finance

If you’re keen to start a graduate career in finance, you’ve come to the right place. It can seem bewildering at first. With so many choices (accountancy, investment banking, insurance, to name a few), how do you know which branch of finance will suit you best and which employer will be the best fit, and how do you ensure you’ve impressed graduate finance recruiters and got ahead of the competition? We’re here to help you. You can also discover the graduate finance job roles and internships on offer.

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Insights from career specialists

Will a career in finance suit me?

It’s the million-dollar question: are you suited to a career in finance? Read our overview of the three main sectors in finance that attract graduates and get to grips with the basics of each. We’ll introduce you to investment banking and investment, accountancy and financial management, and financial services so you can get started on your research.

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The finance applications advice you need

The skills recruiters seek

Learn the competencies graduate employers will be looking for candidates applying for accountancy, banking and finance roles.

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Free mini-course

Could you be a management accountant?

This free online mini-course, developed in partnership with AICPA & CIMA (the alliance of the American institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) is designed to introduce you to management accounting. You’ll learn what life as a management accountant looks like so you can decide if it would be a good career choice for you. To access this Pathway you’ll need to be registered with targetjobs and signed in.

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Looking for a finance internship?

Getting an internship at an investment bank

Many investment banking employers recruit their graduates from their internship programmes so pursuing one is highly recommended.

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Undergraduate of the Year award

Consider entering the targetjobs Undergraduate of the Year competition, which is aimed at finding the best undergraduates in the UK. Each award is partnered by an employer who provides a fantastic prize for the winner, which could include a paid internship, a trip abroad or other exclusive opportunities. Even just the process of submitting an entry will help you hone and improve your CV.

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Your finance job options

Discover what key roles in accountancy, banking and finance really involve, and which would suit you best

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FAQs in accountancy, banking and finance

Graduates working in investment banking find their jobs fast-paced and challenging, with a lot of early responsibility, high salaries and a global working environment. Accountancy, regarded generally as a very stable career, is at the heart of how businesses are run – and gives you the chance to gain an internationally recognised professional qualification. Financial services is an expanding sector with a focus on customer service, where you could gain management responsibility early on and still have a healthy work/life balance.

We’ve got lots of information across targetjobs to help you make this decision, in the form of articles, videos and webinars, with first-hand accounts from graduates working across all sectors of finance. Discover what working life is like, and the particular challenges and benefits in each sector.

In short, investment banks are middlemen between those with money and those with ideas who need funding. They give money a productive purpose by channelling it into projects… with the hope that it will generate more money.

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