There’s more to financial services than you know
An overview of financial services
Financial services are the systems in place which supply a need, with a financial purpose. They help with the
making, investment and management of money for people and organisations. This includes helping people save
money, trading shares in the stock
market, exchanging one currency for another and much more.
Banks are places you can keep your money and whilst it is there, banks use that money and lend it to people who
need it; for example, people who want to buy a house or a car. The borrower will then pay that money back to the
bank, plus an additional
cost in the form of interest, one of the ways banks make money.
Organisations other than banks also deal with money. Trust funds and stockbrokers can buy and sell commodities
like coffee or oil. They aim to buy at a low price and sell at a higher one, much like a coffee shop, except
they don’t keep the product
in a warehouse.
Competition in financial services careers
Financial services continues to grow, as finance is the largest industry in the world, which means there are many
jobs. Whilst it can be competitive there are many things you can do to make yourself stand out.
This includes completing an entry level qualification such as Fundamentals of Financial Services, completing work
experience at financial services companies or even something as simple as keeping up to date with commercial
People employed in finance and
insurance in the US
People employed in financial
services in the UK
What roles are there in financial services
If you choose a career in finance you could be involved with investing money, building client relationships,
analysing data, creating and designing algorithms, guiding a team on upholding professional standards and more.
Financial services companies also employ job functions in a more creative remit such as marketing, design or
video roles, IT positions and human resources roles, which can vary company to company. For example, at the
CISI, whilst we work in financial
services and have a finance team, we also have an events team, a marketing and communications team, an IT team,
a membership team, a data team and more.
Historically financial services job roles can be categorised into front, middle and back office roles. Front
office roles are usually those that are customer facing, which can be great if you enjoy building relationships
and are a people-person. If
you prefer to zone in on a piece of work with less conversations, back office roles could be more suited to you
as these are functions not seen be the customers and provides the analysis, technical and administrative
support. Middle office roles
are between front and back office roles, they support front office roles by supporting the revenue generation
Below are departments that fit into each of these office categories, with some example job roles and salaries.
Salaries can vary depending on the area you work in, the company you work for and how much experience you have.
For example, in the City
of London the average salaries are higher than other areas in the UK.