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Finance Jobs

Job title Location Salary
Trainee Chartered Accountant - Smith & Williamson London Competitive + benefits
TK Maxx - Finance Placement Programme South East Competitive + benefits
Wiser Graduates: Trainee Business Development Consultant London, Nationwide £23,000 to £30,000 + stock options + benefits + OTE + Bonus + expenses
TK Maxx - Finance European Graduate Programme South East Competitive + benefits
Divisional Credit Controller - Hilti Nationwide Competitive
Financial Trader, London, £26,000 London £26,000 + benefits + Bonus
International Trainee Wealth Advisor - deVere Group International (Europe), International £23,000 to £35,000 OTE + benefits
Underwriter, London, £22,000 London £22,000 + benefits
Graduate Data Project Manager London £22000.00 to £27000.00 per annum + benefits
Deloitte - Graduate Opportunities in Risk Consulting Nationwide Competitive
View all 61 Finance jobs

Sector Popularity Index

Ranked 9 of 40 sectors

The popularity index ranks the sectors graduates chose most frequently during registration since 2000.

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Average salary for jobs in Finance compared to the average salary for all jobs posted to

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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.

Finance Interview Questions

PPI Case Handler at Lloyds Banking Group

 4.7 / 5 added 24 March 2015

The initial part was a one to one conversation with one of the recruitment team which tested my knowledge on PPI. Then I was invited in to complete an assessment based…

Before even getting to the assessment centre there was numerous online tests that I had to complete. This included the usual numerical, personality and verbal reasoning. If you pass these then…

The interview was by telephone with one of their recruitment team and lasted about 30 minutes. We talked initially about why I had applied for the role, what I knew about…

Audit Programme - KPMG at KPMG

 4.7 / 5 added 20 June 2014

The first interview will last approximately 45 minutes and will be by a manager from your line of service (or occasionally someone from HR). It is a competency-based interview. You will…

Account Executive at Fisher Investments

 3.7 / 5 added 17 June 2014

This was a three stage interview with no assessment centre component. I was asked competency based questions, however the interviewing was very tough. It was difficult as they would ask questions…

Graduate Finance Scheme at Avon Cosmetics Ltd

 3.7 / 5 added 24 May 2014

One of the interviews was in a room with two other people. One person was from HR and the other was from management. It was a competency based interview where they…

Finance Graduate Scheme at SunGard

 2.1 / 5 added 10 May 2014

My first interview was on the phone with the recruiter, as a pre-selection process to access the next step. The questions were general and it also involved some questions on particular…

- 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…

Finance Employers

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Deloitte

    We are one of the world’s leading providers of professional services. Here in the UK, we have more than 12,000 people offering advice and services across audit, tax, consulting, corporate finance and technology. We work with an amazing breadth of clients – everyone from small businesses and high net worth individuals to government departments and major multinational corporations.

  • deVere Group

    The deVere Group was launched in 2002 and we are now the world’s largest independent financial consultancy.

  • E.ON

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

  • Fidelity Worldwide Investment

    At Fidelity Worldwide Investment, we apply intelligent insight to everything that we do. So whether we’re picking stocks for a fund or selecting our next cohort of graduates and interns, we set out to make long term investments. In business, this means looking beyond financial results and talking to customers, suppliers and management. In graduates and interns, this means looking beyond exam results to discover ambition, integrity and entrepreneurial potential.

  • Foxtons

    Foxtons has been transforming estate agency for over thirty years. Not only have we established ourselves as the most recognisable brand in the London residential real estate market, but through our continued growth and our passion to train and....

  • Isban UK Ltd

    Isban (Ingeniería de Software Bancario) is part of the Technology and Operations division of the Santander Group. We develop software and provide system integration services, which are shared by the different companies in the Santander Group.

  • L'Oréal

    L'Oréal is the number one cosmetics group in the world. Every second, 130 of our products are sold worldwide. Our 27 global brands reach a billion customers, and our ambition is to reach a billion more. Our industry is relentlessly competitive, our business is equally dynamic, and the opportunities we offer are truly outstanding.

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