Do you fancy a career in the finance world but worry it might be a bit dry? Well think again. All businesses need financing or advice of some sort and it is anything but dull. With a postgraduate qualification under your belt you could find yourself working as a financial controller for your favourite football club, in the accounts department of a designer fashion label or working on mergers and acquisitions for a huge multinational, travelling around the world.

A postgraduate degree in finance can take you anywhere you wish to go, it’s not just about numbers.

Warwick Business School has an international reputation and attracts students from across the globe, many of whom go on to work in extremely diverse and multinational businesses. If you’re considering postgraduate study, here are just a few things the bods at WBS reckon you could go on to do once you’re qualified.


Work in the City for a major financial institution



London is one of the world’s leading financial hubs and you could find yourself right at the very heart of it after your postgrad, working for a major banking institution or a large multinational company.

Callie Wang, who works as a credit manager for Barclays following her MSc in Accounting and Finance, says: “As a credit manager I receive a lot of financial information and have to make judgements about all sorts of financial difficulties. With the knowledge I learned from WBS it has helped me to make more efficient and effective decisions.

“London is a really fast-moving city and I think Canary Wharf is one of the best places you can choose from. All the big companies have their global headquarters or their UK base here.”


You could run your own start-up



Have you ever thought about running your own business but don’t know how to get it off the ground? With a postgrad qualification to your name you could have the confidence to launch the business of your dreams.

One group of WBS students dreamed up a company aimed at streamlining public services over a pint in the pub. The consultancy, now called The Sector Inc, was set up by students taking the MBA distance learning course and spans several continents.


Get involved with analytics – the future of commercial activity



Analytics has become hugely important into today’s technology–driven society, and if you study it you will learn how to analyse large amounts of data to gain greater insights and apply them to business problems and models. Think of companies like Amazon who collect huge amounts of data and can then use it to target their customers far more accurately with the products they really want.

You could use your knowledge to develop a bespoke analytical tool for an internet provider or a pricing model for a leading bank.


Support global development



You could take the knowledge you learn from your postgraduate course and apply it to real world situations that have the ability to transform people’s lives. Some of your work could help people in the developing world, fight disease and give them access to technology, healthcare and education.

Elizabeth Namugenyi, Adviser to the World Bank Group Controller, says: “The common goal is to support development in the poorest countries. Support takes different forms – it could be loans, it could be equity positions in high risk companies providing that capitalist goal to invite other investors to go into countries where they wouldn’t normally invest.

“Doing an MBA was what I always wanted to do. At the faculty there were people who had been in business and could articulate issues from that point of view.”


Lead a world-renowned charity



A career in the financial world doesn’t have to be all Wall Street and cut throat. The likes of Gordon Gecko and Bud Fox have no place in a 21st Century world! Instead, you could put your financial knowledge to good use working in the charitable sector.

Claire Horton, Chief Executive at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, says: “I chose to do an MBA quite late in life but had worked in business for many years…I always felt there was something missing. I had the practice but I didn’t have the theory behind it.

“The modules I did were really useful for anyone. You could really tailor the modules you selected to the career you were targeting and those sorts of things for me really made a difference. Everything I do here is the most rewarding, the most inspiring, incredible role I have ever had.”