Entry Level Finance Jobs (Non-Sales)

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sales in Prague, Czech Republic

71 months ago

I used to read a lot too, however in the past month off work, I have realised that I can not read out passages as fluently as I used to be able to.
It must be a brain stimulation problem, if you are so used to talking and a different brain activity.
And I have worked full time in Sales the past year, and due to this and other values I have found depreciating in my personal life I am opting out and going for a financial analyst position instead.

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doe in Los Angeles, California

71 months ago

jjohnsonCO in Colorado Springs, Colorado said: Is there such a thing as a finance job that a non-finance major can do out of college that isn't strictly or mostly sales?

I've asked this a few times before without a response, so I'm guessing the answer is no, but I thought I'd try for suggestions again.

I'd assume finance is a big field, but aside from insurance sales or personal banker (both sales intensive and not really finance) and financial analyst (not entry level for a non-finance major) I can't really think of any other positions.

So please, throw some ideas my way of something someone with a liberal arts degree can do in finance with little or no finance experience that isn't sales intensive or psuedo-finance.

you really need either experience or high education.

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adf in Houston, Texas

63 months ago

yes, they are def jobs out there for non-finance majors. I work in the transfer agent or operations department for a major mutual fund company. We basically move assets as instructed by shareholders or brokers. A lot of people on my floor do not hold a degree in finance.

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bigthirsty in Mckinney, Texas

56 months ago

doe in Los Angeles, California said: you really need either experience or high education.

how do you get experience when there aren't any entry level jobs, makes sense

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tech in Seattle, Washington

56 months ago

doe in Los Angeles, California said: you really need either experience or high education.

I'm sorry, but this is a lazy answer. Seriously. How do you get experience if you need experience to break into the field. Can you please explain that. Working in tech for 5 years now, I have found out that sales experience does not carry over into technical experience. So if that is what you are talking about for a foot in the door Good luck.

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jjohnsonCO in Colorado Springs, Colorado

56 months ago

tech in Seattle, Washington said: I'm sorry, but this is a lazy answer. Seriously. How do you get experience if you need experience to break into the field. Can you please explain that. Working in tech for 5 years now, I have found out that sales experience does not carry over into technical experience. So if that is what you are talking about for a foot in the door Good luck.

That's one of those catch 22 sort of things. Really have to know someone to get into certain fields more than having the experience, like I used to want to be a lobbyist, but without a political party and lots of political connections, good luck!

So I finally landed a job with a bank back in May, doing admin mostly, but there is some analytical work too. I think landing it was a combo of my previous experience, wide range of experience, and just plain luck really.

I've pretty much given up on my hopes of being a financial analyst (just a regular one, not a Wall Street one), but I still like playing around in Excel, I still like crunching numbers, so I'm going to move up that way in the company.

But basically, it's really a matter of luck, clicking with the right people, and marketing what skills you do have. In retrospect I wish I had gotten a B degree for my undergrad, but going for the MBA now to correct that mistake.

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asd in Toronto, Ontario

56 months ago

jjohnsonCO in Colorado Springs, Colorado said: That's one of those catch 22 sort of things. Really have to know someone to get into certain fields more than having the experience, like I used to want to be a lobbyist, but without a political party and lots of political connections, good luck!

So I finally landed a job with a bank back in May, doing admin mostly, but there is some analytical work too. I think landing it was a combo of my previous experience, wide range of experience, and just plain luck really.

I've pretty much given up on my hopes of being a financial analyst (just a regular one, not a Wall Street one), but I still like playing around in Excel, I still like crunching numbers, so I'm going to move up that way in the company.

But basically, it's really a matter of luck, clicking with the right people, and marketing what skills you do have. In retrospect I wish I had gotten a B degree for my undergrad, but going for the MBA now to correct that mistake.

how old are you?
im 26, getting bcomm at 28

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biblioclasm in Beaumont, Texas

41 months ago

jjohnsonCO in Colorado Springs, Colorado said: Is there such a thing as a finance job that a non-finance major can do out of college that isn't strictly or mostly sales?

I've asked this a few times before without a response, so I'm guessing the answer is no, but I thought I'd try for suggestions again.

I'd assume finance is a big field, but aside from insurance sales or personal banker (both sales intensive and not really finance) and financial analyst (not entry level for a non-finance major) I can't really think of any other positions.

So please, throw some ideas my way of something someone with a liberal arts degree can do in finance with little or no finance experience that isn't sales intensive or psuedo-finance.

This is an old thread, but here goes. I'm having the same problem with getting into finance as the original poster. I have a 4-year degree in finance, but all the entry-level positions involve sales and commission-based salaries. I went to a job fair with 150 employers, and they all wanted to hire for sales - even the banks and credit unions. I don't want to go this route. Guess I'll start working my network some more.

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neeko in Saint Louis, Missouri

40 months ago

I recently graduated with an MBA in Finance. I attended a job fair as well and it seems all entry level jobs are in commission sales whether it be as an advisor or selling insurance. I was eagerly contacted by every recruiter I gave a resume to and found out all the jobs involve a training period and then straight commission. I will continue networking.

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Matt in Vacaville, California

40 months ago

I recently graduated with Business econ and Management mejor. Trying to find job or do Masters in Finance. Does any one know which school is the best for Masters programm in Finanace? How would you find entry level jobs?

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astrayflame in La Crosse, Wisconsin

37 months ago

Finance isn't a good starting career if you don't want to do sales. I'm currently in finance program at a technical, and all the job around here for an associate's degree are sales jobs, while non-sales required a bachelor degree. I'm still looking for a entry financial analysis job that doesn't require a bachelor degree.

It's best to work into a non-sales finance job from a different area than it is to jump into a non-sales finance job from what I can tell because a non-sales job can also be done by people with a business administration or an accounting major.

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bob in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

37 months ago

Look at a bigger city. I'm from lax, not much happening over there. Try mke. Also, you might just end up having to get a bachelors degree. Try looking for internships, that will start you off in the right direction.

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david in London, United Kingdom

36 months ago

This is an interesting thread. I have a bachelor of sciences degree in Banking and my CFA IMC and it is still proving difficult to break into a non-sales orientated role. It's like they don't even exist! I work in a bank right now SALES ORIENTATED!

Even with retail banking experience and my qualifications, it's still hard!I have used my intranet to network with people from different sectors and have managed to organise meetings in order to seek job opportunities as well as network.

I agree with Bob, look for internships in the bigger cities. It's not easy but it's one of the best ways to show your enthusiasm and commitment! Also helps build your network as you are muchmore exposed to the corporate environment!

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Cappucino_k in Castle Rock, Colorado

36 months ago

abcdefg in New Canaan, Connecticut said: maybe you should have majored in business if you wanted a finance job!! what, was a real major too hard for you??

Why exactly are you saying that finance is not a real major? Every company in the world deals in finance. Or is this not a real world? Really? I think you just like spewing ignorant comments because it makes your tiny little ego feel better! Pat yourself on the back some more for whatever REAL major you got that you declined to even comment on you superior being you!

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Nichoel in Modesto, California

36 months ago

Cappucino_k in Castle Rock, Colorado said: Why exactly are you saying that finance is not a real major? Every company in the world deals in finance. Or is this not a real world? Really? I think you just like spewing ignorant comments because it makes your tiny little ego feel better! Pat yourself on the back some more for whatever REAL major you got that you declined to even comment on you superior being you!

Quick on the trigger, you are! Before using words like "ignorant" and "tiny little ego", please read carefully to not make yourself look like an ass. The original poster said they got a degree in liberal arts.

That said, I am in the same boat as the others. I have my B.S. in Finance (2009) and just CANNOT find a non-sales position that I can use my degree towards. I have applied for budget analyst only to be told that I don't have enough experience. I just don't know how to get the experience that they need. I ended up taking a position not in my field at all, but would love to give actual value to the years I spent in school and my student loan debt.

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Cappucino_k in Castle Rock, Colorado

36 months ago

I still don't think I look like an ass....I still thing the comments were ignorant. Those that put down other people are usually only self justification for their own need to have their ego stroked. As per a "real" degree...I spent 8 hours looking for jobs reading this thread the other day, and I will give you that there were many many sales jobs listed for those w/a degree in Finance. In my personal opinion I think it is just one of those things where you have to pay your dues, like a nurse not wanting to work night shift...well you have to in order to get the day shifts later. Or an Health information Manager (degreed) having to work in coding for a year or longer before they can manage. This is the case in many degree related occupations. One job I saw for a financial analyst actually stated that they required them first to have experience in a postion such as Merril Lynch and the like, there is a method to the madness.

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Nichoel in Modesto, California

35 months ago

Cappucino_k in Castle Rock, Colorado said: I still don't think I look like an ass....I still thing the comments were ignorant. Those that put down other people are usually only self justification for their own need to have their ego stroked. As per a "real" degree...I spent 8 hours looking for jobs reading this thread the other day, and I will give you that there were many many sales jobs listed for those w/a degree in Finance. In my personal opinion I think it is just one of those things where you have to pay your dues, like a nurse not wanting to work night shift...well you have to in order to get the day shifts later. Or an Health information Manager (degreed) having to work in coding for a year or longer before they can manage. This is the case in many degree related occupations. One job I saw for a financial analyst actually stated that they required them first to have experience in a postion such as Merril Lynch and the like, there is a method to the madness.

I feel the same. I think I'm just going to go the Morgan Stanley route and see how it goes. I've read a plethura of information on here and I guess a trainee is salaried for the first 2 years while they build a client base. They also said that 85% of trainees drop within the first three years. Best of luck in your adventures.

There are quite a few that feel that a liberal arts degree isn't a "real" degree. The university I went to specializes in Liberal Arts and Business degrees. The attitude between the two was quite different.

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razorfrank in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

32 months ago

It's obvious that the majority of graduates,(MBA or Finance or whatever) are merely pawns in the larger scheme of things. Sales! Sales! Sales!

Only a few make it to the top and truly prosper.

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Dave in Miami, Florida

29 months ago

Getting my B.S. degree in finance by this summer, plus I'm planning on getting my MBA. I was wondering if anybody got any pointers, so i can land a job as soon as possible? (I'm 20 years old)

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Janeta in Phoenix, Arizona

29 months ago

Try these companies such as JP Morgan, Charles Schwab, American Express, Prudential and other financial industries. They love fresh graduates and you'll get in easy. Visit their websites and create a profile/agent so they will automatically send you for any job opening/s. Good luck and best wishes.

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jbieler in Scranton, Pennsylvania

25 months ago

adf in Houston, Texas said: yes, they are def jobs out there for non- finance majors. I work in the transfer agent or operations department for a major mutual fund company. We basically move assets as instructed by shareholders or brokers. A lot of people on my floor do not hold a degree in finance.

Would you be willing to look at hiring a new college grad with a BA-Management?

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svamgopi in New York, New York

16 months ago

sales in Prague, Czech Republic said: I used to read a lot too, however in the past month off work, I have realised that I can not read out passages as fluently as I used to be able to.
It must be a brain stimulation problem, if you are so used to talking and a different brain activity.
And I have worked full time in Sales the past year, and due to this and other values I have found depreciating in my personal life I am opting out and going for a financial analyst position instead.

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