The financial industry is one that includes firms that participate in investing, lending, insurance, securities trading and securities issuance. Generally the clients are individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations and agencies of government.
Interpersonal skills ➕ Ability to communicate ➕ Financial reporting ➕ Analytical ability ➕ Problem-solving skills ➕ Management
Accountancy firms usually seek good academic grades (eg 112 UCAS points) from applicants, with usually at least a B grade (although some will accept a C) in GCSE maths and English.
There are two routes into most finance careers. You can go to university full time first and then apply for a graduate job (usually on a graduate programme), or you can join an apprenticeship.
Banks’ retail and corporate divisions hire college leavers at a level 4 apprenticeships. Recruiters typically ask for at least two good A levels (A to C) or between 80 and 112 UCAS points, as well as five or more A to C grade GCSEs (Grades 5-9), including maths and English. Recruiters may also seek customer service experience.