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Finding A Job In Investment Management: What You Need To Know

When you're looking for a dream career in finance and enjoy helping others discover the best ways to get substantial returns on their investments, find yourself intrigued by analysing risk, or have an interest in helping businesses buy other businesses, you should consider a career in investment management.
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Isabella Goode
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Published on
May 31, 2023

When you're looking for a dream career in finance and enjoy helping others discover the best ways to get substantial returns on their investments, find yourself intrigued by analysing risk, or have an interest in helping businesses buy other businesses, you should consider a career in investment management.

Finance is a broad industry, with a wide assortment of opportunities for analytically minded professionals. Within this market, investment management has many avenues that you can choose for your long-term plans. These include becoming a financial analyst, fund manager, portfolio manager, risk manager, alternative investment analyst, and hedge manager to name a few. But what is investment management? In this guide, we'll tell you everything you need to know about this exciting career.

How To Become An Investment Manager

As investment managers provide advice and direction to their clients, first-hand industry experience is useful for anyone who wants to achieve success in this field. If you want to take the next step in your financial career, an online course can help you get up the next rung to an investment manager or alternative investments.

Alternative investment management is a popular choice for many individuals who are looking to become an investment manager. That’s because it offers more variety and helps clients diversify their portfolios. In alternative investments, you would work with financial assets that don't fall into one of the conventional investment categories, such as private equity or venture capital, hedge funds, managed futures, art and antiques, commodities, and derivatives contracts.

What Skills Do You Need?

Investment management can be a stressful role and is perfect for people who thrive in a competitive work environment. You will most likely already have a passion for finance, but you will also need to be passionate about the needs of your clients and helping them reach their goals. This means you also need to be goal-oriented, enjoy maths, have a high proficiency in data analysis, and have a love of solving problems.

Career Options As An Investment Manager

As previously mentioned, there are a variety of career options for an investment manager, including roles as a financial analyst, risk analyst, ratings analyst, private equity associate, fund manager, portfolio manager, risk manager, hedge fund manager, alternative investment analyst, stockbroker, and alternative investment manager. You can choose to manage the investments of individuals or businesses if you’re just starting out in the business. If you’re an experienced investment manager, then it is possible to move into a different role, but this might take time and dedication

A Varied And Interesting Role

Investment managers provide advice to individuals and businesses on what to do with their money, and, as a result, you need to be able to investigate market trends in order to give your clients the best return on their investments. In the world of investment management, every day is different as you will have a variety of clients looking to work with multiple industries, and many of their investments can be impacted by outside factors like global events or extreme weather. Keeping up to date with the current market trends and the projected future changes is vital, and you will never be bored with a role in investment management as you will need different investment strategies and ways to direct funds on behalf of clients.

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