This is the second guest blog in the two part series on job options within Finance in India.
The unprecedented growth in the economy and the industrial development in India are opening up several new avenues for those who want to enter the finance sector. There are several lucrative and satisfying career options that one can choose from, after completing the finance courses. Here, we present some of the prominent career options available.
If you’re studying Law and have decided a career as a solicitor or barrister isn’t for you, what do you do? First things first, don’t worry! In my experience over the last 2 decades, helping employers recruit the best graduates, law students are in pretty high demand from firms as varied as government departments, professional services companies and strategy consultants. The content of your degree, combined with the many skills you have gained, makes you a pretty attractive proposition as a potential hire.
Here at International Futures we’re all very excited about our online international careers research tool – GoinGlobal. It’s a premium website which allows you to search for literally millions of jobs, internships and volunteering opportunities, across the globe. Whatever your career goals, and wherever you plan to work, GoinGlobal allows you to find the opportunities that are right for you.
As well as the powerful job search function, GoinGlobal also offers a superb employer directory detailing over 400,000 companies worldwide (yes, 400,000). This is an invaluable source of market intelligence, giving you the lowdown on the top employers in any given sector, across the globe. Want to work for an accountancy firm in Papua New Guinea? Find them on GoinGlobal – along with contact details, number of employees and annual sales. This allows you to determine who is likely to be recruiting, and how to contact them.
Last – but by no means least – the site features dozens of extremely detailed country profiles. These give you the lowdown on individual country’s’ major job sites, graduate recruitment fairs, professional organisations and masses of other useful info. You’ll also find interview etiquette tips for a particular country, visa and tax information, networking groups, CV & cover letter guidelines, advice on relocating, cultural information, and much, much more.
I know I’m gushing about this site, but it really is a bit special; and so easy to use. Here’s the catch – it’s a premium, subscription service. This means’ you can’t just access it freely. Your college may already subscribe (most of the University of London colleges do), so you’ll need to contact your careers service to find out how to get a personal account. Once signed up, you can use it from any computer, anywhere you are, where you’ll find a whole world of careers at your finger tips. Enjoy!
Over the next 20 years, global energy demand is expected to rise by 40% (www.bp.com). Whilst fossil fuels remain the dominant force in the energy sector, alternatives are playing a very significant part in filling the gap. Alternative energy – be it wind, wave, solar or geothermal energy, is an ever expanding global sector - so if you are looking for an interesting career in a growing, rewarding, valuable field, here are a few good resources to get you started.
Hopefully you’ll soon be up to speed with some basic financial concepts and the major news stories of the day. As we saw before, the FT and CityAM are good sources of this basic information, but what else is out there? One of my favourite sources of financial information is the weekly Radio 4 programme, MoneyBox (no, I’m not being paid to tell you that).http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/moneybox The emphasis is on personal finance, but it looks at the bigger picture. For example, a discussion on how to get cheaper heating bills will also explore the macroeconomic reasons for rising energy costs. It’ll also give you good money-saving ideas and information on student finance, consumer rights, loans and bank charges; so it’s a good listen even if you aren’t interested in finance.
Many students come to us with an idea that they want to work in finance, but without a really clear idea of exactly how the financial world works. This isn’t really very surprising at all – finance is an undeniably complicated sector – with its own concepts, vocabulary and jargon. For the non-native speaker of English, understanding these ideas and language can be particular daunting.
Roving Reporter Polly Penter helps you through the UKBA maze.
A year (or more) studying abroad looks fantastic on your CV: it shows that you are independent and prepared to step out of your comfort zone - and of course, it gives you valuable international cultural insight. But, as with all things, there can be a downside. If you are planning to return to your home country, you might be 'out of the loop' with recruitment information. How do people find out about jobs? What are the top recruitment sites? Is social media important? If so, which platforms? All of this is great intelligence for researching your future career, but where do you find it? Well, there are lots of places where you can look, but a good starting point is a site like this: http://www.slideshare.net/linkedin-talent-solutions/global-recruiting-trends-2013-india You'll need to sign up to get the full content, and it's only a snapshot, but it gives you a good overview of recruitment trends in a wide range of countries.
City, or Financial Services Sector, careers seem to attract a lot of graduates each year. Often it is the impression of the work-hard-play-hard culture, the excitement of taking risks and being responsible for large accounts. But behind that testosterone inspired perception, life in the sector is incredibly varied with opportunities within lots of different work cultures. Working out where you might fit and building sufficient knowledge about the industry takes a little bit of research….