There are a wide number of entry level financial services positions available in many different industries. Finding one of these entry level financial services jobs may be easier than you think, provided you have a few skills, a good understanding of investing, and are great with people.
If you are planning to start looking for any of the entry level financial services offered in banks, insurance companies, brokerages, securities or debt consolidation companies the basic requirements for the job will likely be:
• Associates degree in accounting, statistics, economics, finance, business or other related field.
• Proficiency with various computer programs including word processing, spreadsheets and possibly databases.
• Good communication skills both verbal and in written form.
• Pleasant, positive personality.
• Self motivated and interested in finance and world economics.
Above these basics some financial institutes will require a Bachelor degree rather than an Associates, even for an entry level financial services position. This is because as an entry level person you will be eligible for advancement within the financial institute once you have some experience. This is somewhat different than some of the other companies that will provide more on the job training to help you advance within your career.
Entry level financial services positions are a great way to complete an internship through your college or university degree. Most banks, insurance companies and even brokerage firms to have intern positions available, however you may need to do some research and discover who to talk to about these positions. If the agency or institution you want to work with doesn’t offer an intern positions, consider speaking to someone at the company about getting one started, you may just earn your entry level financial services position through your presentation.
Remember that an entry level financial services job is not typically going to involve advance financial management or portfolio management for clients. It will, however, allow you to “learn the ropes” and explore and learn about the various aspects of the financial industry. It may also give you the opportunity to decide if there is a particular area that you enjoy or excel at that may allow you to specialize as you continue with your education and training.
Volunteer to attend as many on the job training activities, take online courses, and volunteer to serve on committees or groups within the agency or financial institute. All these activities help to improve your overall skills and knowledge and make you a better candidate for more senior positions within the company.