Being able to handle budgets and organise finances and accounts is a day to day part of life and it's also an essential part of any successful business. There are plenty of roles on offer for graduates looking to work in the financial services or in finance roles. You might think that the areas not open to you if you didn't study a finance based degree but the sectors actually one of the top destinations for University leavers from a wide range of non specific degree backgrounds.
Around a quarter of all the businesses in Yorkshire are in banking or finance and the region is home to many of the UK's biggest names including The Halifax (now part of the HBOS group) and Bradford and Bingley. Although opportunities exist throughout the region, Leeds is the financial centre.
Employment in the sector can be in a variety of roles, from working in banking and insurance with high street brands or big city banks to in house accounts and finance functions in businesses across all areas of work.
The number of jobs on offer in this sector has been on the rise in recent years but the competition for internships and graduate schemes is still high especially where employers offer formal accreditation schemes or Chartered qualifications.
The finance sector can be a varied area and is also prone to rapid change in both working practices and the economy so if you fancy a role in the sector you need to be reactive and willing to apply yourself. Team working and problem solving skills are also good attributes to have. As many of the roles in this sector are client facing you need to have good interpersonal skills and be a confident communicator.
Gaining work experience is very important as not only is this is a competitive sector but there are a wide variety of roles so getting to know what interests you about the area can be helpful in finding the right job for you.
Having a good commercial awareness within finance and the economy is essential if you want to get ahead in the field. Industry publications such as the Financial Times and the Economist are good places to start.
Have a look around the job roles in this area to get a better idea about whether a career in finance is the right choice for you!