Making your way to the top: financial qualifications Graduates

The financial industry is a thriving market and its an increasingly attractive sector to work in, especially for experienced graduates. Claire Marshall has listed a few of the qualifications that can help aspiring graduates achieve their dream position in the financial services industry.

FSQualifications250The financial services industry is a thriving market, especially in the UK, and is still proving to be a very attractive sector to work in for fresh and experienced graduates.

The UK is the epicentre of global financial services, and the stalwart of an internationally focused marketplace. It is no wonder that more and more domestic and international graduates are enticed to stay or emigrate to the UK, and most importantly leave their mark.

With the financial and professional services industry making a vital contribution to the UK economy and providing employment for over 2 million people, there are plenty of opportunities for aspiring graduates to develop a career in a well established FTSE 100 company.

The financial services industry is a very broad area with many different paths and options to undertake. In a previous article from our website, different qualifications are discussed in relation to entering a career within the accounting arena, but there are also many other fields to explore such as mortgages, insurance, investments and securities to give graduates that professional edge in a flooded employment market.

Here, we list a few of the qualifications that can provide a real boost to an aspiring graduate to take a step in the direction of their dream position.

CeMAP

CeMAP is a firmly established qualification, awarded by the ‘Institute of Financial Services’ for people looking to work in the financial services industry, especially with mortgages. The mortgage market is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the CeMAP qualification is recognised by the FCA.

All recognised practising mortgage consultants in the UK, need to pass this qualification in order to offer advice to the public. With the new Mortgage Market Review directive coming into place from April 2014, this is an essential qualification for many mortgage providers.

CeMAP is a UK specific qualification and comprises seven mandatory units that are studied and assessed in three modules. It doesn’t matter which order you sit the courses, and there is even an intensive course for those who are willing to study all three modules over a two week period.

CISI

Evolved from the London Stock Exchange, the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) is a professional body for those who work in the securities and investment industry. The CISI Diploma covers various areas of financial services such as investment, securities, compliance, derivatives and operations. It is recognised not only in the UK, but also in a growing number of international financial centres.

There are a number of CISI exams and a wide scale of qualifications to achieve, ranging from foundation level, all the way up to professional qualifications.

CII

The Chartered Insurance Institute is a leading professional organisation, dedicated to insurance and financial services, that can provide accreditation and professional qualifications to UK and international members.

A membership covers all disciplines within the insurance industry, life and pensions sector, mortgage advice market and financial advisers. There are various levels of membership which depends on whether you’re a qualified or unqualified associate.

There are a broad range of qualifications to choose from. Initially you should obtain a ‘Discover’ membership and then you can apply for a further membership depending on your interest.

It is important to remember that in an ever increasing employment market, it is essential to set yourself from the pack as a graduate.

Undoubtedly, obtaining a degree is an essential part of giving yourself an edge, but also showing a commitment to life-long learning and industry based knowledge improvement, is a great way to broaden your skill set. More importantly, it is essential to highlight to any potential employer that you are committed to the sector you want to work in, and are continually looking to expand your expertise.

We have a variety of graduate positions available at present. Get in contact to discuss with our graduate consultants your aspirations.

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