What can I do with a degree in finance?
Where to work - Industries to consider
Careers in finance are found in both the private and public sectors of industry. Though there are more finance employees in the Commercial Banking Industry than in any other sector of the finance world many finance graduates begin their careers in corporations, the insurance industry, or other financial institutions. Finance professionals utilize assessment tools to assist corporations and individuals better manage their financial businesses and lives. Numerous finance graduates believe they will spend most of their time working with numbers, however, many finance careers require a strong ability to interact with people and entrepreneurial skills to build and maintain a client base. Those employed in this industry require a broad understanding of businesses and people skills are essential.
What you need - Skills required
- Ability to gather, analyze, synthesize and report financial information
- Superior attention to detail
- Knowledge of general economic/ financial interrelationships as they affect the financial markets and business plans
- Use of computerized quantitative methods
- Background in quantitative analytical techniques
- Strong communication and creative abilities
What to do - Occupations to explore
- Account Services Representative
- Assistant Broker
- Assistant Investment Advisor
- Business Development Associate
- Business Writer
- Commodity Trader
- Credit Analyst
- Credit Officer
- Customer Service Representative
- Director of Financial Services
- Equity Analyst
- Financial Advisor
- Financial Consultant
- Financial Planner
- Financial Services Manager
- Investment Fund Administrator
- Investment Specialist
- Junior Financial Analyst
- Loan Officer
- New Account Associate
- Personal Banking Officer
- Product Sourcing Specialist
- Project Coordinator
- Research Assistant
- Senior Administrator
Resources - Key websites
- Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal: www.ccmm.qc.ca
The Board promotes the development of a strong, proud, representative and committed membership. We also provide services designed to meet the needs of our members.
- Careers in Finance: www.careers-in-finance.com
You will find info on careers in fields like investment banking, real estate and financial planning, and links, to job listings, recommended books and a list of helpful headhunters.
- Canadian Securities Institute: www.csi.ca/student/en_ca/home.xhtml
Learn the fundamentals of the Canadian Securities and Investment Funds. Elevate your financial abilities and develop a deeper understanding of financial options and opportunities.
- Department of Finance Canada: www.fin.gc.ca/fin-eng.html
The Department plays a vital role in helping the Govt. of Canada develop the social and economic policies that improve the standard of living and quality of life of Canadians.
- Finance and Investment Students’ Association: www.fisaonline.ca
The Finance and Investment Students’ Association represents the best interests of finance students. As students of the John Molson School of Business (JMSB).
- Financial Planners Standards Council: www.cfp-ca.org
FPSC is a not-for-profit organization established in 1995 to benefit the public by leading the evolution of the financial planning profession in Canada.
- The Financial Advisors Associations of Canada: www.advocis.ca
Recognizing that consumers are best served by professional financial advisors, Advocis prepares, promotes and protects financial advisors in the public interest.
- Montreal Financial: www.montrealfinancial.ca