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A Guide to Finance Careers

Emily Topping

Getting a job within the finance section is one that has always been known to have a big paycheck, you are essentially working with money a lot of the time, so it comes with the territory. But this should never be the only reason that you want to get involved in the finance industry. There is a lot of fulfilment in the sector but let’s first look into some of the requirements you are possibly going to need:

Qualifications in the following areas:

·      Economics

·      Taxation & Statistics

·      Corporate Finance

·      Public Accounting

·      Business Law

·      Financial Modelling

·      Marketing ROI Analysis

·      Budgeting & Forecasting Variance Analysis

·      Investment analysis

If you want to really want to make an impact in the financial industry, we have found that people will the following Master’s degrees or MBA are usually highly sort after:

·      International Financial Markets

·      Advanced Financial Management

·      Applied Portfolio Theory

·      Options Theory

·      Small Business Finance

·      Entrepreneurship

·      Macroeconomics & the Global Economy

·      Financial Derivatives

·      Corporate Valuation

·      Behavioural Finance

·      Financial Buyouts & Acquisitions

·      Private Equity & Venture Capital

Now, we shall take a few of these sectors and delve a little deeper into what they consist of.

Business Law

A little different from just counting numbers as some people may see it, when it comes to business law it is both financial and law put together. A very rewarding career with twists and turns in where you could be tackling big financial corruption in large corporates to helping charities fund their latest projects.

A lot of roles that come out of business law are usually legal-related, so unlike areas like investment analysis, this is more of the law side of the finance world.

Marketing ROI Analysis

People looking for work-based around ROI have a lot to choose of, the world runs on finance and there are always people who need employees to give them straight facts about the return on their investment (ROI) so you could be doing this for a local clothing brand that sells primary online through Facebook ads, this would be highly ROI based according to the results that are made through advertisements.

Other sectors are anything from car sales to technology companies, retails, online services. Pretty much everyone and anyone who has a business that invests into their marketing strategies. You’d essentially oversee seeing what the numbers are saying and how best is the money going to be spent to get the best return on investments for your employer.

Taxation & Statistics

Probably the most common that we see are finance jobs being linked to tax, every company needs someone or a team of people that are ensuring that tax is being paid. But it doesn't just mean that is all you do. By being able to go through the finances of the company (and we mean any company, so the flexibility of working in a variety of industries is huge) and finding out where expenses have been made, in which areas can you find areas of improvement for tax purposes and essentially get the statistics of these to present them to the company is huge.

Jobs regarding tax can vary from general retail, technology and service companies to working with banks, working with charities, non-profits etc.

Finance specialists are needed in most companies, so whether you want to juggle the finances of a cinema to handle the crucial expenses of a retail store, all of them would be classed underneath finance.

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