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What best jobs can i get with a degree in finance .

Asked Denver, Colorado

9 answers

Jasmine’s Answer

Hi Cedric,

Finance as a major in college can lead to many fulfilling and rewarding career paths, many of which require excellent Excel and analytical skills. To list out a few of the options:

Corporate finance/ FP&A: in this field, you will work on budgeting, forecast modeling, and lots of powerpoint slides/deck to present to the senior team of the company. Expect some tight deadlines, last minute changes, and even some late night getting slide deck ready for board presentation.

Investment Banking: this is a rigorous field of finance where you will be working on deal transactions, buying/selling companies, merger and acquisitions, etc. However, due to the nature of the field, it also requires lots of traveling, time commitment, sudden and tight deadlines, late nights,... The pay is very well and can be very rewarding, and there are also lots of exit opportunities.

Private equity/hedge fund: these are similar to investment banking except with a little less time commitment and travel. It's also harder to get in and usually requires some level of CFA to get in the door. A lot of people go into investment banking for a few years and then exit to PE/hedge fund for a better work-life balance.


BHARGAV’s Answer

Updated Houston, Texas

Cedric,


Finance is a very big field, with reach into almost all business decisions. 

A basic search on the web can result in many suggestions,

Here is one such result, 

https://www.wallstreetmojo.com/corporate-finance-career/


But, in a broader sense, you divide into few definite fields.

-Investment, Operations, and Forecasting. 

Investment : 

  - Be it the stocks, mutual funds or private funds. Investment decisions are heavily dependent on financial returns and past statistics. 

Operations: 

-These people deal with the allocation of budgets based on internal costs and funding. Also, they work closely with Accounting to work on bookkeeping financial reporting.

Forecasting:

-These people work purely for the purpose of future estimations and take risks. Also, the key to funding new ventures or businesses. (Venture Capital, and Investment Banking, etc)


I would suggest you look into the are you would like, then do research about the people in that field.


This will give you a good idea on what kind of job roles you will have based on the specialization and the work that may be interested in.


Best of luck!


Updated
Finance is a way of thinking. You should look for a career that is interesting to you that you can use your analytical nature. You always are looking for improving ways thinks are done but look into the overall environment for changes that you can change a process and position the area you are managing for the future.

Nick’s Answer

Hi Cedric,


Thanks for the question. Below is a link to an article about jobs available with a finance degree:


https://www.thebalancecareers.com/top-jobs-for-finance-majors-2064048


I started out in the treasury dept at a large chemical company as a treasury clerk. Other Finance graduates go down the financial services route or working in various roles in the finance department at companies or shared services centers. It is a good idea to take some classes in data science such as machine learning, robotic process automation and big data. The finance jobs of the future will demand skills in data science.


Good luck with your career,

Nick

Ramandeep’s Answer

Updated Union City, California

Hi Cedric,

In the short term, a degree in Finance can grant you the opportunity to work in a variety of roles as mentioned by many of the folks before me on this thread. In the long term, the degree paired with the skills you pick up on the way will allow you the opportunity to branch out into non-Finance specific roles as well, so I would recommend researching what kinds of roles you could pursue once you have your Finance degree and the skill-building opportunities those roles may afford you. One way to research could be by reaching out a Finance-focused recruiter and getting an understanding of what kinds of roles individuals with backgrounds similar to yourself are currently being recruited for.


Thanks,

Raman

Brad’s Answer

Updated Prosper, Texas

I agree with previous responses. A degree in finance can lead to a wide range of career paths, and provides knowledge useful in both your personal and professional life. However the degree is just a starting point, you control the ability to land that “best” job. Work hard and find something you are passionate about, and you will find success.

Marissa’s Answer

A finance degree is helpful in a number of industries, from banking to stock trading to mortgages to accounting. Finance can be helpful in what may seem like more unconventional career paths, as it teaches you a set of skills that are transferable - math, money, etc. If you are going to major in finance, I think it would be a great idea to take classes that cross into other disciplines to explore what really interests you.

Brian’s Answer

Updated Atlanta, Georgia
Various options are available to you depending on if you like investments and stock market to go into something like being a financial advisor or stockbroker. Most of these are mostly commission type jobs and may or may not offer a small base salary. So if you are not comfortable receiving a base salary this may not be a job for you. A underwriter or loan officer is another option in that you can help people qualify for something like a home or auto loan. Otherwise you can go into the accounting side of finance. You have various options to choose from. I would suggest trying to do 3 or 4 different internships while your in college to see what you like best. Good luck!

Cody’s Answer

Updated Waltham, Massachusetts

Hi Cedric,

One of the great things about majoring in Finance is that it gives you the flexibility to do many different jobs in the business field. With a finance degree, you can do the traditional route and become and investment banker and work on wall street, you can become a financial analyst and help make decisions for businesses about what projects to invest in, you can become a personal wealth retirement and help families save for their kids college or their retirement, or you can follow more of an accounting tract if you find that that's what you're interested in.

Hope this helps!

https://business.ku.edu/what-can-i-do-major-finance

Bob’s Answer

Updated Dallas, Texas

Finance is a great degree and can be broadly utilized- mine is in economics and I am in mortgage operations. You should look at what you are passionate about- working with numbers in a analyst environment, entrepreneurship, leadership and management, etc. employers are looking to apply what you are passionate about as you can utilize your degree to learn and apply knowledge to whatever you choose.