Accounting, Economics and Finance graduate destinations
Careers and enterprise information and advice is embedded from the moment our students arrive, starting with a careers fair in induction week and continuing throughout their degree, meeting employers, working with our Careers and enterprise team, and planning their professional development with their Academic Personal Tutors.
By the time our students graduate, they are well equipped with the experience, networks and skills to succeed in their chosen careers.
Great graduate careers
Our practice led curriculum and close engagement with industry provides an excellent preparation for professional, managerial and leadership careers in finance and related industries. Examples of careers include:
- Chartered Accountancy including Financial Accountant, Management Accountant, Auditor, Taxation Specialist, Business Consultant
- Economist (Analyst, policy adviser, researcher)
- Financial or Investment Analyst
- Risk Management
- Banking (Commercial, Investment, Retail )
- Financial Planning and Wealth Management
- Broking (Investment, Insurance)
- Insurance ( Underwriter, Analyst, Adviser).
Students also choose graduate careers in related areas such as sales and marketing, project management, compliance and consultancy.
Top graduate employers
At UWE Bristol we work with top national and multinational corporations, government departments and regional businesses as well as smaller enterprises and start-ups. Our students benefit from these relationships through placements, internships, and applied projects, leading into exciting graduate careers. Our employer partners feed into teaching and enrich the curriculum, provide careers and employment skills, presentations and advice, and opportunities to build business networks.
Top graduate employers include:
- J P Morgan
- PWC (Price Waterhouse Coopers)
- EY (Ernst and Young)
- ONS (Office for National Statistics)
- GES (Government Economic Service)
- Hargreaves Lansdown
- Lloyds Banking Group
- Bank of Ireland
- TSB Bank.
Recognised by industry
Our programmes benefit from accreditation from seven different accounting and finance professional bodies, including ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, and CII. Students also have the opportunity to gain the Bloomberg Trading Certificate alongside their studies. Accreditation provides relevance, ensures rigorous standards and provides exemptions which can fast-track career progression.
Placements and work experience
Relevant work experience is vital in today's competitive jobs market. Our award winning careers service provides one-to-one support to help students gain relevant and career enhancing experience that fits their future plans.
All of our programmes provide the opportunity to complete a one-year industrial sandwich placement and this often leads to a permanent graduate role with the placement employer. Students are also able to gain employability skills through a study year abroad with one of our many international partners, shorter local internship opportunities, volunteering in the UK and overseas, and UWE Bristol-based positions such as Student Ambassadors, Student Representatives and PAL Leaders. Students can also work with small businesses giving accounting, tax and business advice in our Business Clinics. All students are required to evidence some relevant workplace skills experience in a final year compulsory module. All these activities contribute to the UWE Bristol Futures Award.
Strong business skills
Enterprise skills are embedded in all our programmes and many of our graduates go on to become entrepreneurs, so we give them a head start while they're here. Through UWE Bristol Enterprise workshops and events, small business competitions, pop up shops and start-up support in Launchspace incubator, we support students to develop, test and launch their business ideas with the best possible foundation for success.
Specialist careers support
Sector-specific careers advice is delivered for each department. Daily careers drop-ins, workshops on skills such as interviews, assessment centres and networking, the online Careers Toolkit, and one-to-one coaching appointments with our dedicated Careers team, all provide outstanding support to students. The extensive UWE InfoHub vacancy search engine provides access to hundreds of graduate opportunities, whilst employer-led workshops with companies such as PWC and Lloyds Banking Group, and industry insight and networking events, give students the opportunity to engage with employers directly. Once our students graduate, we provide free careers support for a further three years.
Accounting, Economic and Finance students frequently continue their professional development with postgraduate study either through Professional Bodies such as ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA or through Masters courses to hone their skills and knowledge in finance, financial management and global political economy.
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