Accounting, Economics and Finance graduate destinations
From the moment our students start, they get careers information and advice - from employers, our careers team, and their tutors. So by the time they graduate, they will be equipped with the experience, contacts and skills to succeed in their chosen careers.
Great graduate careers
Many graduates progress into professional training contracts in accounting and the financial industries. Here, they can fast track their careers through taking advantage of professional exemptions available through their degrees.
Many take up careers in finance and accountancy roles including:
- Finance Analyst.
- Financial Controller.
- Financial Underwriter.
- Investment Consultant.
- Risk Manager.
- Tax Associate.
- Trainee Accountant.
Others go into graduate careers in areas like sales and marketing, project management, research, investment banking, risk analysis and economics.
Top graduate employers
Graduates careers are in organisations ranging from corporates to government, local authorities and small to medium sized firms.
We work with many top employers at UWE and students benefit from these relationships when seeking placements and graduate careers. Our employer partners help shape our courses; give careers presentations and advice; and provide placements and work experience.
Top graduate employers include:
- Price Waterhouse Coopers.
- Grant Thornton.
- Bishop Fleming.
- Government Economic Service.
- Office National Statistics.
- Hargreaves Lansdown.
- Lloyds TSB.
- Ernst and Young.
- Boeing Defence UK.
- Arcadia Group.
Recognised by industry
Our programmes benefit from accreditation from seven different accounting, investment and finance professional bodies. These bodies include ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, and CII, and UWE Bristol is a Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment Centre of Excellence. Accreditation provides relevance, ensures rigorous standards and gains recognition with employers.
Placements and work experience
Work experience is vital in today's crowded jobs market. And while students are here, we provide one-to-one support to help them find experience that fits their career plans.
All of our programmes provide the opportunity to do a one-year industrial sandwich placement or study abroad for a year. These are taken up by growing numbers of students. And 1 in 4 students who do a placement are offered a permanent graduate role with their placement employer. Students are encouraged and supported with shorter work experience opportunities whilst studying such as volunteering in the UK and overseas, local internship opportunities and UWE Bristol- based positions such as Student Ambassadors, Student Representatives and PAL Leaders. Extra-curricular activities are recorded and recognised by the UWE Bristol Futures Award.
Strong business skills
Many of our graduates go on to become self-employed. So we give them a head start while they're here. Enterprise skills are built into the curriculum, and students bring business ideas to life at competitions and networking. They can also develop their entrepreneurial skills at UWE Bristol Enterprise workshops and events.
Specialist careers support
Sector-specific careers advice is available for each department. Students can come along to daily careers drop-ins and workshops or schedule a one-to-one coaching appointment with our dedicated Careers team. Students have access to online resources including the UWE InfoHub vacancy search engine and Careers toolkit supporting students to find jobs and providing help with the recruitment processes. Meet the Employer Fair, Employer-led workshops and industry insight and networking events occur throughout the academic calendar giving students the opportunity to engage with employers directly.
And it doesn't end when our students graduate. Alumni can access our careers services up until three years after graduation.
Accounting, Economic and Finance students frequently continue their professional development with postgraduate study either through Professional Bodies such as ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA or masters courses in areas such as finance, financial management and global political economy.