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Job title Location Salary
Graduate Management Trainees - Enterprise Nationwide competitive + benefits + Bonus
Graduate IT Programme - Technical Consultant London, North West, Nationwide £21,000 to £24,000
Graduate IT Programme - Business Consultant London, North West, Nationwide £21,000 to £24,000
Moore Stephens LLP – Graduate Insurance ACA Trainee London, Nationwide Competitive + benefits
2 x Graduate Tax Trainee - Rugby, Warwickshire West Midlands competitive + benefits
ACCA Trainee Accountant - UHY Hacker Young London Competitive + benefits
Hastings Direct – Assistant Accountant (Finance Graduate) South East £23,000 to £25,000
Hilti - Credit Controller – Head Office, Manchester North West Competitive + benefits + Bonus
Hilti - Accounts Receivable Accountant - Manchester North West Competitive + benefits + Bonus
Tax Trainee - Smith & Williamson London, South East, South West, West Midlands Competitive + benefits
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How to get a job in Finance

A graduate job in the Finance Sector could involve many different roles that require a variety of different skills. Jobs can appear in Financial Services, Corporate Finance, Public Finance and much more. These jobs appear at a variety of organisations, including Banks, Hedge Fund Management Firms, Accountancy Firms, Professional Service Organisations, Insurance Brokers and Investment Firms. All of these roles have different exact requirements, but share common ground in Financial matters. Many of the roles in Finance are based in The City and Canary Wharf. Although opportunities are available across the country, candidates should be prepared to relocate to the capital if they want to work with some of the big Financial institutions.

The Finance sector links quite heavily with other sectors such as Accountancy, Banking and Insurance. Like these other sectors, Finance is a fast paced, competitive sector. It requires its applicants to be fast learners that are enthusiastic, energetic and dynamic. Candidates should be prepared to work hard to get their graduate job, bearing in mind that the competition for these jobs is very high, offering excellent salaries and pay structures. Hopeful applicants will have to put the work in to really get through the application process.

Entering the Financial Sector

Getting that job in the Financial sector will require more than just making sense of the FT a couple of times a week. Jobs in the sector often do not require a specific degree. Academic credentials are important in applications for graduates, classifications of a 2:1 or higher are used by employers to gauge the level of work a candidate will put in. Sometimes the subject is not important, if a candidate has studied something relevant like Finance or Economics it is likely impress the employer. Many employers are likely to ask for GCSE and A Level results too, so GCSEs in English and Maths are likely to be important, as well as a large amount of UCAS points.

The Financial sector is extremely competitive so it would be advised candidates already had work experience or an internship to support their application. If a candidate can provide evidence of having already completed Financial tasks in a real work environment, they are likely to be taken seriously. Many of the big Financial institutions run summer and holiday programmes to give current students or graduates the opportunity to gain an insight and experience. When doing things like this, it is important to leave a good impression and make contacts to tap up when opportunities might arise.

Roles in Finance require managing budgets, margins and income with expenditure. Candidates should have excellent maths skills to ensure thorough and accurate work is conducted. A lot of Financial work requires working with vast amounts of numerical data, so understanding this and being used to working in this way would be impressive to employers. While some employers might not ask for or require it, if you have evidence of excellent qualifications in Maths, from GCSE and above, it is another way to prove they can be successful in the Financial sector.

The Financial Services sector requires candidates to be able to analyse, report and present information to a variety of audiences. Perfect communication is vital for employers to picture any candidate in their company. If a candidate can demonstrate flawless written communication, as well as being able to hold conversations and remain personable, they will have displayed some key characteristics for the sector. A tight control of written communication is important when dealing between departments in an organisation and outside to clients. If a candidate is sending off lax application forms or covering letters with even one mistake, employers will dismiss that application instantly.

Similar to this, jobs in the Financial Sector are often service based. With this in mind, being able to build and nurture relationships with clients is imperative to any candidate's success. This links with excellent communication, but candidates need to invest elements of professional customer service into the dynamic. Being able to hold the client's needs and expectations in the forefront of their mind and being able to get this across to the employer will certainly impress during applications. Evidence for this could be when they have been previously contracted to do work, possibly unrelated to Finance. This could have been any writing they had commissioned for some Student Media, for example.

When applying for positions in Public, Corporate or Private Finance, candidates need to demonstrate excellent organisational and time management skills. Candidates should be able to demonstrate that they can deliver to a client or the company on time and to a high standard. This can be important early on in any job, if they are able to hit the ground running and strive under the initial strain of the new job.

The Financial sector is extremely fast paced and complex. Candidates would be advised to really put in the research before they send off any applications. Making sure they understand what the company does, how it fits into the wider Financial spectrum, what the role is asking and what the candidate can personally bring to the position.

- Online Tests straight after you submit your application - If your application is successful you're invited to a Phone Interview - If you're successful after the phone interview invited to…

Graduate Scheme at RBS (Group)

 3 / 5 added 04 November 2013

In my interview I spoke for 45 minutes on the phone to a lady from the HR department. They asked me three questions: Why RBS, Why the division, and Tell me…

My telephone interview lasted around 30 minutes, and I was first asked why I wanted to join the programme. I was asked about why I wanted to join Lloyds, and about…

Graduate Scheme at Morgan Stanley

 4.9 / 5 added 04 November 2013

I applied to Morgan Stanley through SEO London, and was contacted by them for a telephone interview. This lasted 40 minutes, and was with a member of the division to which…

My initial telephone interview was with a member of the L&C recruitment team which asked me some basic questions about my CV and I was told what was involved in the…

Finance Analyst at Nomura

 5 / 5 added 02 October 2013

In the final stage for a Graduate role, I went through two 30 minute one-on-one interviews with senior members of the finance team. The interviews were short and two the point,…

Business Analyst at Capital One Card Services

 4.1 / 5 added 07 July 2013

After being successful on the online application and psychometric tests, I was invited in the interview which was based in their Nottingham HQ. The interview itself was case study base. It…

After initial application screening, a telephone interview is the next stage. Here the questions are competency based with little technical/financial knowledge tested. Motivational questions were key here, testing reasons for applying…

EY - Advisory at EY

 5 / 5 added 19 June 2013

Stage 1: Online Application Form This included the usual personal details, education history and then competency based questions like "tell us a time when you have led a team", "tell us…

Finance Grad Scheme at Tesco Stores Ltd

 3.7 / 5 added 19 June 2013

The first phone interview was pretty standard as far as I can tell. The usual competency questions about various achievements you have had so far and what skills and lessons you…

After the application and usual tests I progressed onto the video interview. This was quite strange as I had never done anything like this before and talking to myself in a…

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    Alexander Hall was established over ten years ago in central London. The company has since grown at more than 50% per annum and is now one of the top mortgage brokers in the UK with operations throughout the Capital.

  • BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

    BAE Systems Applied Intelligence is an information intelligence specialist. We help government and commercial organisations exploit information to deliver critical business services more effectively and economically.

  • Baillie Gifford & Co

    As an investment management firm, we manage money for a wide range of international clients, from the large pension funds to individual private investors.

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the marketing name for the company’s global banking and global markets businesses.

  • Barclays

    Barclays is a major financial services provider that operates in over 50 countries and employs over 140,000 people. Our global business has a history that spans 300 years and touches every area of finance and investment including retail banking, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management.

  • Barratt Developments PLC

    A nationwide business, Barratt is Britain’s best-known house builder. Since we set up business more than 50 years ago, we’ve built and sold over 300,000 homes. Today, we’re a successful, vibrant FTSE-listed business that employs the talents of over 4,000 people. What we build, is built to last. And that applies to our employees too.

  • BP

    We recruit ambitious graduates like you at every stage of the energy life cycle - from geoscientists sending shock waves through the earth to find new oil and gas reserves and engineers building platforms in the ocean to extract them, to traders anticipating and reacting to changes in the markets around them.

  • E.ON

    We are E.ON - the world's leading investor-owned private sector utilities company.

  • EY

    EY is one of the world’s leading professional services organisations with 167,000 people working across 140 countries reaching total revenues of more than US $24.4 billion. We have ambitious growth plans with the ultimate goal of building a better working world. In order for us to achieve this, we seek driven, ambitious graduates who want a stimulating and challenging start to their careers.

  • FDM Group Ltd

    FDM Group is an international IT services provider, with over 200 blue-chip clients in various sectors and offices in the UK, Germany, Luxemburg, New York, Zurich and Hong Kong.



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