With a degree in finance, you will be qualified to work in a vast array of fields, such as corporate finance, investment banking, commercial banking, asset management, real estate and personal financial planning.
If you choose to enter the corporate finance field, you will put your finance skills to use for a private business, state or local government, federal agency, school or university, non-profit organization, foundation or hospital. You will analyze revenue and expenses to effectively use capital, advise managers about project costs, make investments and help the company grow.
In the field of investment banking, you will work for an investment banking firm to provide financial services to companies, governments, non-profit institutions and individuals.
Commercial banking varies slightly from investment banking. As a commercial banker, your services will be more focused on businesses. Positions are available in both national and regional banks.
As an employee of an asset management company, you will manage your clients’ money to achieve specific financial goals within guidelines under which the pool is organized. These can include mutual funds, hedge funds, retirement or pension funds or other institutional funds.
The field of real estate can relate to both an industry on its own and a career within a larger financial services organization. Whether you are generating or evaluating real estate finance, you will be doing sophisticated financial analyses.
The final large field for finance majors is personal financial planning. In this field, you will help clients achieve their financial goals through financial planning or brokerage.
No matter what career field you choose, it is important to gain experience through summer internships and part-time jobs. Be sure to participate in a job shadowing experience through Jayhawks on the Job or a company visit through an End of Week Excursion coordinated through the BCSC. These will both allow you to take a look at careers in your field. Any finance career will demand strong analytical, accounting, communication skills.