For many young people today, the choice between going to university or starting an apprenticeship may be difficult. We’ve outlined some of the non traditional ways and fantastic opportunities to kick start a career in the financial services.
Young people of Britain – you may already know that a career within the financial services industry is for you, but then again you may not have a clue what you would like to do and are still considering your options, or perhaps you are trying to work out what the financial services industry actually offers!
Whatever your situation, there are a number of organisations who can help you get started. From your schools, colleges, and universities, to Citizens Advice Bureau, job boards and professional institutes.
Is going to university the right choice?
In the old days, the plan was for everyone to go to university at the same time. Nowadays people retake their exams, travel, learn life skills, teach English as a foreign language, make new friends and acquaintances and allow themselves time to grow up and broaden their horizons.
A study by British Gas found that over a third of students have considered taking an apprenticeship instead of going to university, and Nick Boles, minister for skills and enterprise, said that those leaving school were “considering an apprenticeship as a serious option when deciding their future.”
With 1.8 million apprentices in training since 2010, nearly half of the survey respondents said that earning as you learn was the reason they chose apprenticeships. The amount of student debt also put off 1 in 10 students who were thinking of going to university.
Starting a career in the financial services
If you’re considering a career in the financial services, you do not necessarily need a degree. Top investment banks and accountancy firms are looking for candidates with the right skills and personality.
The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment can help you get into finance, steering you to your final career. The institute works closely with CISI members, regional committees and corporate and affiliate supporters to advise young people, from all backgrounds, about the wide variety of job opportunities which are available.
Additionally there are a group of the UK’s most prominent professional bodies launching the second Professions Week. The CISI was delighted to be among a group of the UK’s most prominent professional bodies launching this year’s Professions Week from 10th-16th November.
Deloitte also believe that not all big ambitions involve university. If you have decided to take another route after leaving school, they can offer you something equally compelling: a head start in a long-lasting, influential business career.
BrightStart is an established and highly structured five-year programme at Deloitte, where you will benefit from excellent training at every step, plus full support to gain professional qualifications that are respected and recognised right across the business world.
So what ever you do, take heart the world is waiting for you and there are a world of opportunities out there, go out and find them.