Specialist Market professionals are the gurus of their industries for financial advice. Their value-add lies in their detailed and unparalleled knowledge of their chosen sector - a sector which prizes intel above all else.
It's a less obvious route for a graduate who may be thinking more in terms of which finance service they want to provide, rather than covering many services but within one industry. Take a look at our five pointers to help you decide if the path less trodden is for you.
1. What is it?
The aim is to provide very industry specialised finance solutions to clients, from M&A to raising capital.
2. Why is it used?
For some clients, specialised advice is the only route to ensuring sensible strategy and decisions. A professional who has worked on five M&A deals across five sectors can't offer the same depth of experience as a professional who's done five deals in one industry.
3. Why is it a good career?
In an age where a quick Google can give you an idea of an industry's trends, niche expertise can be very lucrative. Successful professionals will be called upon by C Suites and Boards and it provides a jungle gym of a career rather than a linear one.
4. Who would enjoy it?
If you're a graduate who prefers to choose modules at university which cover one topic in depth rather than a whistle stop of many, this could be the career for you. You'll also enjoy reacting to problems posited by clients and treasure a little bit of uncertainty in your project funnel. And of course, it's ideal for someone who adores looking at the finances of just one industry, e.g. healthcare.
5. How to impress in an application?
As in any client facing role, the ability to project maturity, confidence, enthusiasm and emotional intelligence is key. Ultimately, it will be your people ability which will mark you out. Further to that, excellent analytical skills and retention of detail are a must. Use our guide to help you make your CV or Cover Letter Stand Out.
Use Bright Network's list of application deadlines for graduate programmes in the financial sector to get started.