Whether you’re currently finishing up high school and aren’t sure what your next move is going to be, are in your final year at university, or are considering a career change, the finance industry could be an opportunity that you’ll find fun, interesting, and personally rewarding.
Now, we know that finance doesn’t always seem the most glamorous and exciting choice, particularly if you’re currently in a job you already don’t enjoy. What we aim to do in this article is to highlight the different opportunities that may be available to you in the finance industry, and why these jobs could be much more than what they may seem from the outside.
What Different Types of Jobs Are Available?
The finance industry is incredibly diverse. Two of the considerations you’ll need to make if you decide to get into the finance industry are:
- What type of job do you want to do?
- Which specific sector of the finance industry are you interested in working in?
What do You Mean by “Type of Job”?
By this we mean the specific job role. For example, do you want to work in sales, marketing, administration, as an advisor, or is there something else you’re interested in and good at that you could bring to the finance industry?
What Sector Should You Choose?
Whether you’re a salesperson, a marketer, or whatever job and role you specialise in, there’s still another decision to make.
What specific finance sector would you like to work in? Many of these roles will be able within the same organisation, but your options may include:
- Personal banking and finance
- Financial consultancy
- Business and personal investments
- Financial analysis, control, and audit
There are companies across Australia that specialise in all of these, but many of the bigger banks and other finance businesses will have opportunities for you to do any or all of these.
Your Opportunity to Make a Difference
The main thing about the finance industry that, whatever position and niche you find yourself in, you have a real opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives.
Thinking about the types of jobs and sectors we thought about earlier, how might each role help you to make a difference to someone through your work in the finance industry?
As someone who works in sales, you will have the opportunity to meet lots of people and highlight how the company you work for could help them. For example, if you were selling a NOW FINANCE personal loan you could find yourself explaining to someone how a NOW FINANCE personal loan could help them get what they want in life, and the benefits of our product and customer service.
In a marketing role, you might design a billboard that millions of people are going to see, take part in putting together a campaign for television advertising, or work on writing emails to potential customers who may have forgotten about their loan application. A marketing job could be your opportunity to introduce someone to a financial product or service that could change their life.
As a financial advisor or consultant you may interact with a variety of finance products and services and become very knowledgeable about the industry as a whole. With the unique insight you will acquire through experience, you could spend your career helping people to make sound financial decisions. Who knows what your advice could help people to achieve?
If you choose to pursue a career as a financial analyst, you could make a difference to thousands of people at a time if you were working in a business. Highlighting what your company is doing well, as well as where there are opportunities to make improvements, could mean people get pay rises, bigger bonuses, or that the company is able to grow and recruit even more people. All because of your work!
What do we do at NOW FINANCE?
Although at NOW FINANCE we provide personal loans to individuals in Australia, we also work closely with businesses who sell products and services related to the loans we provide.
So, if you were interested in working for NOW FINANCE, you wouldn’t necessarily only be able to become one of our personal loans specialists. You could join our team of people that works with our business affiliates and partners where you will help to grow their business as well as ours, work in our marketing team, or get involved with our credit checking procedures.
How to Find a Position in the Finance Industry
If you’re interested in working in the finance industry, why not start your job search now? If you’re still in education there may be opportunities such as work placements and internships available, and often you’ll find doing these makes it easier to get employed in the industry, whether or not you end up at the same company, when you’re moving into full-time employment.
For those currently employed and perhaps considering a career change, simply think about your existing skills and how you can transfer them to the finance sector. Alternatively, you may wish to consider undergoing some training or a further education course to increase your skillset and enhance your value to any potential employer.
Perhaps most importantly, don’t ever feel, just because your degree wasn’t in a finance subject or you don’t currently work in the finance industry, that such jobs aren’t open and available to you. Companies across the sector need a wide variety of skills and often people entering a completely new job or sector are the ones who are the most open to learning new things as well as the ones who bring more in terms of new ideas.
If a job in the finance sector appeals to you, start looking today and find yourself a fun, interesting, and rewarding career path.
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