If you've studied accountancy and/or finance and are wondering about your career options and how to get that all important first graduate job, have a look at the following careers information for help and tips. If you'd like to talk anything through, visit the Careers Centre to see a careers adviser who will be pleased to help you.
Graduates from accountancy and/or finance can be employed by almost all business sectors not just financial institutions. The roles available vary and include working in areas such as:
High level degrees from all disciplines are accepted, although a numerate subject may be an advantage. Some companies may also require a certain amount of UCAS points. The skills and requirements are generally the same across all these areas and include:
Work experience is essential in this sector as it demonstrates enthusiasm as well as your skills. Many companies offer internships, including summer or year-long placements.
The majority of roles in this industry require additional qualifications following your degree so self-management and self-discipline is important. Professional qualifications are required to ensure knowledge is current and to a good level.
You are also expected to have a sound knowledge of business, economics, management and information systems. There has been a renewed emphasis on candidates having commercial awareness and business acumen as many recruiters list the lack of candidates commercial awareness as one of their major frustration
Job roles within finance can vary greatly as it covers a broad area. Therefore you will need to research the different areas thoroughly to ensure the job matches your skills and interests.
Here are examples from the Prospects website of roles graduates with a finance related degree are suitable for:
This is what some of our recent graduates were doing 6 months after finishing their course:
Job hunting websites specifically focused on the finance and accountancy sector are listed below, along with other websites which you may find useful. You may also find the typical employers section of the Prospects Accountancy and Business Services sector briefing useful.