Accounting: Accounting is the process of delving deeper into a company’s financial position, Sherlock Holmes style. This can involve anything from looking at a specific part of the company such as the fixed assets or something much bigger such as the creation of the Financial Statements
Project Management: Where to start?! Project management is essentially the most direct way to enact change within an organisation. Projects, their methodologies, managers and types can take many forms: from Finance or Data Management, to PRINCE 2 or Agile Scrum. A project manager often has to wear many hats simultaneously, relying on excellent leadership skills, a clear view of the strategic aims and an understanding of how to get there. Imagine being the captain, manager and coach of a football team all at the same time! It’s a role where no two days exactly are the same, which makes it all the more exciting.
Underwriting: Underwriting is the process of assessing the risk of a business and trying to determine if this business is performing or will perform well enough in the future for our customers. It’s not all fortune telling and tarot cards – we make use of company accounts, credit agency reports, Annual Reports and many other aids – although Mystic Meg would probably help at times!!
Account Management: If you’re a commitment-phobe, account management may not be for you! It’s all about creating and maintaining long term relationships with your customers. You need to be quick on your feet and have a problem solving mind-set in order to meet your customers’ demands and needs….
Marketing: Marketing isn’t all about advertising nor is it just about attending fancy events (although that would be nice!). Marketing a financial service is an exciting challenge as you’re trying to sell a service to a customer opposed to a product, say a snazzy sports car or a flash designer handbag for instance. This means that you’re often taking part in an array of marketing activities from organising professional events, analysing data and statistics, to writing press releases and articles for prominent business publications. And not forgetting the thing that all Millennials love – social media marketing!
IT: Have you tried turning it off and on again? This seems to be the global understanding for IT when in reality, there are so many more exciting things happening. As you can imagine there’s a lot of different tools and software used for all of this data moving around – all of which is made in IT! If you’re a project lead, writing the code or even part of the testing and development team trying to push the boundaries of what can (or shouldn’t!) be done, there’s plenty of options to choose from.If that’s not your cup of tea don’t worry, you still need to consider the data storage and security side of things because you need to keep your information locked away from those troublesome data hackers!
Business Analysis: As a Finance/Business Analyst, interaction throughout the business is an integral part to being successful in the role on top of the analytical skills that you may expect from such a position in a business. In doing so, this enhances your understanding of the business itself and its internal functions, creating a more rounded and informed employee