What can I do with my Finance Degree?
Personal Financial Planning
Develop a solid personal network: attend networking workshops and events sponsored by Career Services.
Personal Financial Planner
Multi-line insurance firms
Complete a related internship. Develop strong computer skills, including spreadsheet, database, and presentation software. Sharp analytical skills are crucial in this industry. You may want to consider graduate school; earning an MBA can help you reach the highest level of corporate finance.
Private businesses of all sizes
State and local government agencies
Multi-line insurance firms
Hospitals and Foundations
Complete an internship with an insurance agency. Talk to professional in the industry to learn more about claims, underwriting, and risk management. Many entry-level positions exist in these areas. Develop strong communication skills, as many positions require interaction with others and the ability to explain information clearly and concisely. Initiative and sales ability are necessary to be a successful agent or broker. Take additional statistics courses to prepare for a career in actuary science.
Life insurance firms
Property and casualty insurance firms
An MBA is required to move beyond the entry-level analyst position in investment banking. Be prepared to work many hours of overtime per week, start at the bottom, and pay your dues. Development strong analytical and communication skills, and cultivate personal ambitions. Investment banking is a highly competitive field. Obtain a Series 7 License for both institutional and retail broker sales positions. Work toward the CFA designation.
Investment banking firms
Currency Trading and Derivatives
Financial services firms
Mergers and Acquisitions
Equity and Debt
New Venture Analysis
Develop a solid background in business marketing and accounting. Get experience through part-time, summer, or internship positions in a financial service firm. Develop strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to work well with a diverse clientele. Take intermediate accounting courses, especially for jobs in credit analysis or lending, to complement your finance knowledge.
Commercial Banks and Credit Unions
Savings and Loans Association
Credit Scoring and Risk
Captive finance companies
Corporate Credit Analysis
Federal Reserve, FDIC
Obtain sales experience through part-time, summer or internship position. Research how to become a real estate broker though the National Association of Realtors. Develop skills in entrepreneurship and networking.
Property management company
Real estate brokers
Real Estate Portfolio Management
Consulting is essentially the business of providing advice to your clients, so excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are necessary. An MBA or specialized masters degree is often required to move beyond an entry-level analyst tole. As you progress in your career, you usually develop knowledge in a specific industry and become a specialist. Presentation skills and spreadsheets skills are very important. Be prepared for long and extensive travel.
Large professional service firms
Boutique firms that specialize in certain areas
Strategy and program Evaluation
Restructuring and Turnaround
Opportunities in accounting sometimes exist in government and corporate settings for finance students. Maintain a strong GPA and take more than the required number of accounting classes to supplement the finance curriculum. Complete an internship in a government agency and become familiar with the government application process to work in the public sector.
Companies of various sizes in all industries
Federal agencies and departments
Federal Bureau of Investigation
IRS Department of Treasury
Securities and Exchange Commission
Most positions required an advanced degree in economics, finance, or business and many years of financial experience. Have a broad understanding of business and be comfortable with the risks of investing. Good entry points are working for a public pension fund, bank trust department, or a mutual fund.
Portfolio management firms
Federal Reserve banks
Mutual Fund Analysis
Page last updated February 12, 2020