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Finance, Banking and Accountancy careers, jobs and qualifications

Careers and jobs in finance, banking and accountancy are available in small and medium organisations, not just the big banks.

The range of jobs in the finance sector is huge – some will require university qualifications, others will not. There are both academic and vocational routes into careers in this field of work and you could choose to study for a vocational qualification at school or college, A-levels or to take the apprenticeship route.

Jobs in the finance, banking and accountancy sector

Types of jobs in this sector include accountants, treasurers, bankers, actuaries, financial advisers and analysts, financial traders, tax inspectors and stockbrokers. You could work for a private firm, in the public sector or be self-employed.


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ACCA is the global body for professional accountants, helping students to stay ahead of the game and stand out in the competitive graduate job market. The ACCA Qualification not only gives students the skills and knowledge they need in order to become a successful finance professional, but also shows potential employers they have ability in all aspects of business.

ACCA’s reputation of over 100 years of excellence means that they have 178,000 members and 455,000 students in 181 countries, making it possible for students to progress their careers in any sector or industry anywhere in the world. Their graduates are also highly sought after, with one in ten of their members working for Fortune 500 or FTSE100 companies, and earning salaries of up to £55,000 p.a. once they are qualified. If you are already studying a relevant degree at university, you may be eligible for exemptions from some of the papers meaning your journey to becoming a professional accountant will be even quicker.

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