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          Helping you find a career in financial services

          Financial services cover a myriad of roles that are concerned with all things money-related. It can be a very lucrative career and is crucial to our businesses.

          Many people are drawn to this industry because of the high rates of pay and the clear career path, which means you can progress quickly if you're willing to put in the work. This'll often mean long hours and a commitment to learning alongside your work to pass professional exams in your field, but the payoffs can be huge.

          Areas that you could work in within this industry include (but are not limited to): accounting, banking and finance, financial planning, insurance, investments and pensions. The work in these areas tends to require an acute attention to detail and you have to be able to work quickly and accurately with numbers.

          The majority of the work in these industries will be in London, the economic hub of the UK, although there will be a financial centre in most major cities throughout the country.

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          Skills & interests required for a career in Financial services

          A career in the financial services means you'll have to be content working with numbers all day, every day. There are also a number of soft skills that'll benefit you in the industry including:

          What Financial services work experience do you need?

          There is usually no need for formal work experience for a career in financial services. If you're studying at university and plan on going for a job in one of the biggest industries there will be some strong competition, so you may want to source a summer internship at a firm to give you an edge when applying after you graduate.

          For those who are looking to enter the financial services after leaving school, many apprenticeships will not ask for professional experience but you must be able to demonstrate that you're strong with numbers.

          Read more on Financial services

          UK Finance
          The National Skills Academy for Financial Services
          Financial Services Authority

          Financial services Industry Bodies

          Royal Economic Society
          British Insurance Brokers' Association
          Association of British Insurers (ABI)
          Chartered Insurance Institute
          Chartered Institute of Taxation
          The Association of Taxation Technicians
          British Bankers Association