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What is the investment industry?

Investment is a profession that provides a vital social function for the economy.

The investment profession manages the pool of money that comes from our savings, from the money that builds up in our pension funds, the money that provides an income in retirement, that charities needs to support their activities, that insurance companies need to invest until it is paid out.

Investing £5.7 trillion, with 90,000 jobs it’s an activity that touches us all – more than half the population has pension savings, more than three-quarters have insurance products.

It’s a rewarding profession where you can help a client have the retirement they want or educate their children; see the companies you invested in succeed; and make a difference to the environment by showing companies we care about their carbon footprint.

Transferable skills

Whether you are doing Music or Mathematics, there are skills from your degree that are needed in the investment profession. If you degree is not listed, and you have some good transferable skills, please let us know [email protected].

 

Anthropology
  • Global perspective
  • Cultural awareness
  • Research skills
  • Anaylsis skills
  • Synthesising ideas
  • Effective Communication

Business Administration
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Effective Communication
  • Numeracy
  • Project management

Business and Finance
  • Understanding of business
  • Analytical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Decision-making
  • Effective Communication
  • Numeracy and research skills

Chemistry
  • Logical/ analytical thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving
  • Numeracy, statistics
  • Effective Communication
  • Planning/ organisation skills

Computing
  • IT skills
  • Logical thinking
  • Numeracy
  • Problem solving
  • Interpretation/ recording of data
  • Project management

Economics
  • Numeracy
  • Analysis and research
  • Effective Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Time management
  • IT skills

Engineering
  • Project planning
  • Attention to detail
  • Effective Communication
  • Numeracy
  • IT skills
  • Problem solving

English
  • Adaptability
  • Flexibility
  • Creativity
  • Effective Communication
  • Team work
  • Presentation skills

Geography
  • Data collection/analysis
  • Numeracy
  • Report writing/data presentation
  • Articulation of abstract concepts
  • Problem solving

History
  • Analytical skills
  • Effective Communication
  • Research skills
  • Think objectively
  • Appreciation of influences in society
  • Time management

Italian
  • Language (s) skills
  • Verbal/ written Effective Communication
  • Team work
  • Presentation skills
  • Understanding of culture
  • Creativity

Law
  • Effective Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to convey difficult concepts
  • Problem solving
  • Construct clear arguments
  • Decision making

Management Studies
  • Time management
  • Leadership
  • Effective Communication
  • Numeracy
  • Critical thinking
  • Independent research

Maths
  • Numeracy
  • Analytical skills
  • Problem solving
  • Investigative skills
  • IT skills
  • Planning

Music
  • Creative
  • Team work
  • Think/understand in patterns
  • Reflection
  • Self management
  • Calm under pressure

Philosophy
  • Formulate logical arguments
  • Write clearly and persuasively
  • Problem solving
  • Flexibility
  • Creativity
  • Interpretation skills

Politics
  • Effective Communication
  • Understanding of governance systems
  • Cultural insight
  • Research skills
  • Critical analysis
  • Debate/ Negotiation

Psychology
  • Critical thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Reflection
  • Statistical numeracy

Useful videos

Financial Advisor

Investment Consultant

Sales

Portfolio Manager

MD Institutional Europe

Innovation and Digital

Useful links

Finance and capital markets

www.khanacademy.org

Khan Academy has videos explaining different aspects of finance and capital markets e.g. compound interest, mutual funds and an intro to some key economic concepts.

Wall Street Oasis

www.wallstreetoasis.com

Wall Street Oasis is a site looking to offer interview advice, webinars and some basic online training for different Wall Street and Asset Managers careers.

Psychometric practise tests

CEB Global practice tests:
www.cebglobal.com/shldirect/en/practice-tests

Cubiks Online:
www.cubiksonline.com/cubiks/practicetests

Practise Aptitude Tests:
www.practiceaptitudetests.com/psychometric-tests

BBC Economics news

www.bbc.co.uk/news/business/economy

An easy introduction to economics that is in the news today.

Financial Times

www.ft.com

Good for keeping up-­to-­date on finance and industry news, most universities will have free online access for all students.

The Economist

www.economist.com

The Economist (or the free exchange blog). There is a 12 issues for £12 deal available for the print version for students.

Project Syndicate

www.project-syndicate.org

A collaborative blog with op­ed economics, politics, business and finance pieces from politicians, Nobel laureates and thought leaders.

PwC Asset Management blog

usblogs.pwc.com/assetmanagement

The PwC Asset Management blog is a good resource to understand industry trends.

Seeking Alpha

seekingalpha.com

Short financial news updates – “stock market insights”, but also good for fund news.

Paul Krugman NY Times blog

krugman.blogs.nytimes.com

Paul Krugman's interesting take on current economic and political debates.

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