Pathways to Careers

How Do I Get There?

There are a number of different types of roles within the financial industry – which also means there are a number of different paths you can take to get to the role that you want. Regardless of your area of interest, consider these key opportunities:

 

Consider Your Education

Consider Your Education

Intern and Learn

Intern and Learn

Network with Others

Network with Others

Consider Your Education

Most jobs within financial services require a minimum of an undergraduate degree.

Your area of interest will determine what skills, certifications, and education that will be required.

Tool or Retool

Intern and Learn

An internship is an excellent way to learn more about the industry and gain hands-on experience.

It is important to try to land an internship in the field where you want to work as employers will look for this experience on your resume. If no internships exist in your preferred area within financial services, then be open to internships outside of your preferred area, but still within financial services.

What are young people saying about their internships?

Future Studies

Internship Roles

Previous Experience

Advice

Network with Others

Career experts are in agreement that the most effective job search strategy is networking.

Those interested in financial services careers should identify a list of contacts to approach for information and advice about post-graduate jobs. Here’s how to get started:

  • Contact college career and alumni office for suggestions.
  • Attend campus and regional college panels and networking events to source leads.
  • Sign up for LinkedIn. Join college and industry groups in the system and approach fellow members for informational interviews.
  • Ask faculty to recommend former students or colleagues for meetings.
  • Ask parents to devise a list of family contacts. Send them a note including a photo and newsy personal update. Request introductions to any of their contacts in financial services for the purpose of informational interviews.
  • Reach out to Facebook friends employed in finance who graduated in the past 2 years and ask to schedule visits with them at their office location.