Employment Sectors

Financial Services

This sector embraces careers in banking, accountancy, insurance, financial planning, investments and pensions, and tax and offers a wide range of job opportunities. This sector has always been a very popular career choice for Exeter graduates, and organisations recruiting in this sector have a high profile on campus.

For the most competitive jobs in this field you will need a strong academic background, but employers will also look for evidence of achievement in non-academic areas such as sport, student societies or volunteering in the community.

Internships and work experience in this sector will enhance your chances in most areas of employment, and an increasing number of organisations now offer graduate employment to students who have  a successful placement with the company. For placements, internships or vacation schemes you should apply early in your first and/or penultimate year at Exeter. 

You can also download a list of Employers of Exeter graduates in the finance sector.


Information Resources

A number of reference books are available from the Career Zone. These include:

  • All you need to know about the City
  • Student to CEO
  • Heard on the Street
  • ICAEW Directory of Firms 2010 - South West
  • Vault Career Guide to Investment Management
  • Vault guide to the top 25 Banking Employers
  • Quicklook at Accountancy
  • How to get an Equity Research Analyst job. 

Places where you can find Financial Services related vacancies

Most national newspapers have advertisements for graduate vacancies.  You can look at the newspapers’ websites and sign up to get alerts about new vacancies - this is likely to require an online subscription. Opportunities in different sectors are advertised on specific days of the week in hard copy editions.

The Guardian 

The Daily Telegraph 

The Times 

The Financial Times

The Independent 

The Observer 

Professional Bodies

Sources of Information on Employers or Companies in the Sector

Post Graduate Study and Professional Development

  • Find a PhD.com - searchable database of PhD opportunities and post doc jobs throughout the UK in science, engineering, maths and social science. 
  • Innovate UK - research and development vacancies in smaller companies in association with universities. 
  • Prospects: Search Postgraduate courses and research opportunities.