Which jobs to do in finance?

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A degree in finance is almost essential for those who wish to work in the financial sector. Especially for young graduates who wish to pursue a career in banking, corporate accounting or other financial sectors.

It is possible to start your professional life just after the baccalaureate, but studying at a university or in a business or management school allows you to obtain more qualified positions right away.

For employees who have a bachelor’s degree and who wish to resume their studies to join one of the professions in accounting or finance, it is quite possible to obtain a higher level of study thanks to the VAP (Validation of professional experience) or the VAE (Validation of experience). For those who do not wish to pursue a career in the financial industry, but still want to work with numbers and data, many other opportunities are available. For example, you may choose to study business administration or management

There are many training courses offering degrees that lead to jobs in the finance sector. Very popular with companies, many of these courses give students the opportunity to obtain a work-study contract, whether it be an apprenticeship or a professionalization contract. These courses can of course be done as an initial course with an internship in France or in a foreign country.

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What jobs in finance can I do with my bachelor’s degree?

It is complicated to get a job in the finance industry after graduating from high school.

To work in finance, having a degree is a real plus. It is a complex sector that is becoming more and more technical each year. It is therefore necessary to do specialized higher education in this field to be able to access managerial or technical positions in finance.

It is therefore not advisable to stop your studies after a baccalaureate or a BTS if your project is to obtain a position in Finance. However, don’t worry, if you stopped your studies after your baccalaureate, solutions exist!

  • You can join a work-study program and go for a BAC+5. Below are some examples of training that can be joined.
  • Finally, if you have the experience but no diploma, you can try a VAE(validation of acquired experience) or a VAP (validation of professional experience) to then start a master’s degree specialized in the desired field. You can find on this page the necessary information for a VAE or a VAP for the INSEEC School.

What jobs in finance are there with a Bachelor’s degree or a BAC+3?

A bachelor’s degree or a BAC+3 allows you to access jobs such as accountant or bank officer, etc.

A finance professional faces a type of career that requires a set of skills that can range from the ability to evaluate numbers and compile reports, expertise is required to analyze complex financial investments, or the knowledge to oversee the operations of a business.

What are the bachelor programs in Finance?

Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the field of finance is a great way to train for a high-income career. Over the course of three years of instruction, students will study key concepts in finance, leadership, and economics. This type of diploma can be used to work in the field of banking, finance and insurance or in accounting and management.

To enter the world of finance, there are several possible directions:

What are the opportunities in finance with a bachelor program?

The variety of jobs in finance with a BAC+3 level is vast, you will find below a list of possible outlets, where companies recruit after BAC+ training.

  • Accountant
  • Bank officer (responsible for private customers)
  • Private financial advisor
  • Assistant asset manager
  • Management controller

For more information, do not hesitate to consult our dedicated page which lists the different jobs available.

What jobs in finance are there with a master’s degree?

Having a master’s degree allows you to obtain jobs such as financial administrative director, management controller or risk manager.

You need at least a BAC+5 to be considered as a specialized professional. The higher the degree, the more your CV will be noticed by the human resources department, and the more responsible, strategic and internationally oriented the positions will be.

A finance degree teaches students about financial markets, investment theory, portfolio management and risk analysis. All of these topics are essential for today’s business and can be applied to a variety of careers.

Finally, students are now required to hold a professional certification: the MFA, in addition to graduating in order to practice.

Which courses should I take for a Master’s degree in Finance, BAC+5?

The training courses to obtain a master’s degree in finance are either university courses or in management/business schools offering specialization in finance.

It is difficult to list all the university courses that offer a master’s degree in finance, as there are a large number of them with many specializations. However, it is important to know that these courses are often very selective and that it is therefore very important to apply to different courses to be sure of getting one in the fall.

Business and management schools that offer finance options are often a very good springboard to the professional world.

A Master of Science, specialized in Business School Finance, such as the INSEEC MSc & MBA and a strategic orientation that allows students to be fully trained, autonomous and operational in business thanks to its curriculum in 1 or 2 years.

It is also possible to join the INSEEC Grande Ecole program, which delivers a master’s degree and allows students to obtain excellent academic skills and a specialization in the final year.

Opportunities in finance with a master or MBA program?

There are many opportunities in finance following an MBA or Master’s program.
Not only will the master’s degree (or BAC+5) prepare them for work in financial institutions, but it can also lead to positions in international organizations and non-profit organizations.

Here are some examples of positions where companies are recruiting after a BAC + 5 in finance:

  • Investment Analyst
  • Administrative and Financial Director
  • Management control
  • Financial Analyst Investment Banker
  • Credit Analyst
  • Financial Services Representative
  • Wealth management
  • Risk Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Accounting firm

For more information, do not hesitate to consult our dedicated page which lists the different jobs available.

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Updated 23 January 2024