Jobs in the finance industry are diverse and far reaching. Banking jobs have long been viewed as dull and uninteresting but this could not be further from the truth. With roles in financial planning, investment banking and real estate to name but a few, career paths in the finance industry are plentiful.
Commercial banking jobs are wide ranging, they offer great entry level positions and good career progression. The many large organisations in commercial banking also offer good employment security. Commercial banks provide employ more people than any other sector of the finance industry, they offer good opportunities to understand the world of business and interact with customers.
The world of corporate finance is wholly different as it usually entails working ‘in house’ using your technical knowledge to plan for a businesses future, the work is driven towards the growth of the business. Fundamentally jobs in this sector of the banking industry create value for their company, they are predominantly performance related so subsequently can be high pressure, although this pressure is elongated and based upon long term goals.
Financial planners carry out similar tasks to those in the corporate sphere; these jobs however are focussed upon helping individuals plan for their future. The work requires outstanding interpersonal skills while it can be ultimately rewarding; both financially and personally. For this role understanding of estate planning issues, investments and taxes is a prerequisite.
The field of insurance also offers a variety of finance jobs; insurance is increasingly becoming a lucrative field as more and more people become dependent upon it. Jobs in this sector include calculating risk and anticipating future problems. Job roles include underwriter, customer and sales representative, as well as asset manager. Today the insurance industry is trying to leave its negative image in the past and promote the idea that their industry is there to help people in times of need.
Investment banking has long been seen as the most lucrative sector in the financial industry. The job includes purchasing assets, trade securities and offering financial assistance. As well as large multinational investment banking firms there are smaller companies that operate on a more regional level. These jobs are important to world finance as the work larger companies undertake is often for governments.
Being a money manager is one of the most rewarding jobs in banking. It fundamentally involves the investment side of the stock market. Dealing in stocks and bonds makes up the majority of the work although freedom to work how you like is a large constituent of these jobs.
Unfortunately starting in money management is difficult, top companies only hire experienced individuals, although experience can be gained with local pension fund companies and insurance companies. Understanding portfolio theory, fixed income investments and gaining official qualifications will assist in getting this type of finance job.
Finally there is the financial field of real estate, jobs in this sector are diverse and vary from construction to mortgage brokering and leasing. With over a third of the world’s wealth tied up in real estate this is a financially rewarding sector to enter. The close ties real estate has with society in terms of infrastructure development gives these jobs a sense of social responsibility, while the work offers different challenges on a daily basis. Of all the jobs in banking this is often the most interesting field to enter.
As previously stated, jobs within the banking and financial industries vary greatly; with so many disparate fields there is much to offer prospective financiers. The skills needed in the banking industries are considerably unique to each field. However, if you feel you are shrewd with funds and in most cases great with people, working in the finance industry could be the career path for you.