Finance and consultancy careers

Want to find out more about a career in finance and consultancy? 

At first glance the graduate finance sector can seem a broad area and perhaps a little overwhelming. The financial services industry offers opportunities within the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Banking and finance
  • Financial planning
  • Management consulting
  • Insurance
  • Investments and pensions, and;
  • Tax

Explore fresh perspectives on a career in Management Consultancy! Check out our latest article highlighting key insights gathered from the recent 'Insight into Management Consultancy' panel event.

15% of our students said they are interested in accountancy & finance

Explore your options

If you want to explore the finance and consultancy sectors, learn more with the resources below.


Areas of finance

  • Accounting
  • Banking and finance
  • Financial planning
  • Insurance
  • Investments and pensions
  • Tax

Prospects has an overview of the UK's financial sector, which includes information and case studies.

We recommend exploring the below resources to learn more about the finance sector:


Consultants offer advice and expertise to organisations to manage change and solve problems so they can operate more efficiently.

Consultants can work across a wide range of industries and specialisms and their work can focus on:

  • Operations 
  • Strategy 
  • Management 
  • Information technology (IT) 
  • Finance 
  • Marketing 
  • Human Resources (HR) 
  • Supply chain management 

TargetJobs has an excellent article, Consultant: job description, covering typical employers of consultants, qualifications and training required and key skills for consultants.

We recommend exploring the below resources, from Prospects, to learn more about consulting: 

HR and recruitment 

There are three main routes for graduates to enter the HR profession:

Graduate scheme

Many large organisations offer HR graduate schemes. Apply for these in autumn term of your final year. These schemes are the most competitive route into the profession.

Postgraduate course

There are many postgraduate courses including Masters and Postgraduate Diplomas in HR.

Entry-level/graduate-level role

Most graduates enter the profession via this route. You could apply for entry level roles a few months before you are due to graduate (use the websites listed further down this page to identify vacancies).

Example entry-level roles include Personnel Assistant, HR Assistant and HR Officer. Starting at this level will help you gain relevant experience that will allow you to progress in your career. 

Find out about getting into HR and career options in the people profession.

Hear from our students 

Vasilisa Takoeva

Management Consultant at Deloitte

“What I enjoy most about working in consulting is that you learn every day. Sometimes, this is about deepening your professional knowledge, other days you gain insight into the industry and client’s operations; or you have a chance to practice and develop core people and management skills, like resolving conflicts, facilitating, and generally "getting things done".”

Many of our graduates from University of Birmingham have gone on to pursue careers in the finance, consultancy and HR. Hear from our graduates in the following areas:

Book an appointment 

If you have questions and want to find out more about pursuing a career in the finance and consultancy sector, have a chat with one of our Careers Advisers.  

Book an appointment through your Careers Connect account.

Plan your career

If you are ready to start planning a career in the finance and consultancy sector, have a look below.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning has over 13,000 courses to enhance your CV and stand out from the crowd when thinking about a career finance, consultancy and HR.

University of Birmingham students get free access to LinkedIn Learning

Work experience

HR experience is not essential to enter the profession but is often a distinct advantage. Large organisations across a broad range of sectors offer HR internships such as Nestle, Lloyds TSB, EDF Energy, J.P.Morgan, P&G and Goldman Sachs.

Some work placement opportunities are also advertised on our Careers Connect jobs board.

It is always worth applying speculatively to smaller organisations, sending your CV and cover letter to potential employers. 

Bursaries and funding 

The University of Birmingham offers work experience bursaries for any student in their first, second or penultimate year of study. For more details visit the internship funding pages

Apply for jobs

If you are ready to apply for a job in the finance and consultancy sector, have a look below.

Search and apply for jobs in the finance and consultancy sector 

Application support 

When you have a clear sense of where you want to apply, the final step is making the most out of your application. Our Employability Advisers are here to help review your application documents. 


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