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Employability and Careers

Students who successfully complete the BSc Finance degree are well placed to find employment in investment banks, corporate banks, building societies, insurance houses, stockbrokers, investment banks, accountancy and actuarial firms, specialist financial and private equity companies, as well as in the finance functions of more general companies.

Within these organisations graduates operate as financial analysts (in bonds, equities and derivative products), fund managers, treasurers, financial planners, wealth managers, accountants, financial economists, forecasters and corporate lenders.

An excellent website, developed by the Financial Services Skills Council, which provides accurate and sector approved job profiles for each of the key functions in financial services, accounting and finance can be found at www.directions.org.uk/careers/

These career examples illustrate the types of positions in which you can expect to be employed on placement, and when graduating from the BSc Finance.

The placement year is an integral part of the BSc Finance degree. It gives students an experience which often proves invaluable in securing permanent graduate employment. It is increasingly important to have such experience on a student’s CV as it shows an ability to perform well in a real world working environment. Many students are also invited back to take a graduate position with the firm where they completed their placement, as mentioned in some of our employer feedback.

Past experience has shown that our students have consistently secured permanent graduate employment in world-leading financial institutions.  The features of the BSc Finance degree, such as its academic rigour and development of key skills, the links with the financial industry in the City of London, the placement year, and the development of a new trading room, mean that our students are well placed to find rewarding positions with highly respected companies.

Examples of the organisations in which our recent graduates are employed include:

·         AllState

·         Citi Group

·         Ernst & Young

·         First Derivatives

·         Kerr Henderson Hewitt

·         KPMG

·         Mercer Plc

·         Morgan Stanley

·         Nationwide Building Society

·         Nomura Bank

·         Oxford Economics

·         Setanta Asset Management