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What Are The Best Careers In Finance?

Master in Finance graduates build specialized skillsets and gain advanced knowledge in financial principles—but what are the best careers in finance?


Tue Jul 2 2024

The finance industry offers a wealth of rewarding career paths for ambitious professionals. With a Master in Finance, you could unlock high-potential roles and leave a lasting impact on the growth of leading businesses and institutions worldwide.

You’ll be in demand, too. In Western Europe, Master in Finance graduates are increasingly sought-after, with hiring plans set to double over the next five years, according to the 2024 Corporate Recruiter’s Survey by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

Here are the top five careers in finance you can secure with a Master in Finance:

Careers in Finance

1. Investment Banker

Investment bankers are pivotal figures in the finance industry, involved in advising corporations, institutions, and governments on complex financial transactions. 

A career in investment banking is notoriously rigorous, so you’ll need comprehensive knowledge of financial principles and data analysis if you want to succeed.

This is where an MSc in Finance and Investment Banking comes in. At Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM), students on the program delve into key subjects with classes in investment banking, M&A and company valuation, private equity, leveraged buyouts (LBOs) and venture capital.

A key part of investment banking is skillful negotiation, and nothing beats practical experience. To obtain this, students benefit from an immersive investment banking simulation. Developed by seasoned investment bankers, this simulation allows students to gain first-hand experience with the dynamics of investment banking, deal structuring, and client negotiations.

“The simulation was developed to train associates and analysts for investment banking careers. Our students learn how investment banking works, what deals are done, and what negotiations you have to handle with clients,” says Stéphanie Boyer, MSc Finance program director.

2. Financial Analyst

Financial analysts play a critical role in assessing the financial health of companies and making recommendations based on their analysis. Using data analysis to inform their decisions, they identify investment opportunities and guide businesses accordingly.

Beyond core financial expertise, analysts need to be aware of ESG issues that could significantly impact a company’s financial performance, such as climate change and social or governance practices. This is where an integration of financial theory, ESG skills, and practical experience in the MSc Sustainable Financial Management at Grenoble can set you up for success.

“Students with strong data analysis and ESG skills are highly sought after in company recruitments, which is why we brought these two dimensions together,” says Stéphanie.

The MSc Finance programs at Grenoble are recognized by the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) institute, meaning that course learnings are tailored to prepare students for the CFA exams. 

3. Financial Controller

Controllers oversee the financial health and reporting accuracy of a company. By developing and maintaining financial processes, ensuring compliance with accounting standards, and managing financial reporting, they ensure the company’s financial integrity and transparency.

Entering the role of a controller requires a strong foundation in accounting principles, exceptional analytical skills, and the ability to communicate complex financial concepts clearly. 

With an MSc in Sustainable Financial Management, you’ll gain expertise in international financial reporting and specialized knowledge of integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria into financial decision-making. 

When it comes to experiential learning, industry professionals become module leads to offer students real-world insights into the finance industry.

“Two program alumni—including a director of consolidation at a large listed firm in Switzerland—teach a module so students learn real-world applications of theoretical knowledge when there’s high stakes involved,” says Stéphanie.

4. Private Banker

Private banking is a form of elite wealth management. Responsible for managing the financial activities of high net-worth individuals, private bankers create investment strategies, manage client portfolios, and coordinate across all aspects of a client’s finances.

A strong foundation in core finance, investment analysis, portfolio management, and risk management, is crucial for private bankers. To excel, you’ll need soft skills to negotiate effectively, build long-term client relationships, and make difficult decisions.

At Grenoble, MSc Financial Markets students blend technical expertise with practical experience and essential soft skills. Through classes in advanced financial markets, cutting-edge financial innovations, and Python for asset modeling, student learn the tools to interpret complex financial data.

Complementing this technical foundation, professional development workshops are key to refining those all-important soft skills for client rapport-building. 

5. Asset Manager

Asset management professionals manage investments for clients to build wealth. They conduct in-depth market research, buy, sell, and manage investments, and account for clients’ risk tolerance to identify opportunities for growth. 

Specialized training in portfolio management, investment modeling, and sustainable asset management is becoming increasingly important as the financial sector shifts towards sustainability. This focus is a cornerstone of the MSc in Financial Markets at Grenoble Ecole de Management.

“ESG is a strong asset for asset management because investors are increasingly conscious of sustainability challenges and they prefer to invest in funds that are sustainability-driven,” says Stéphanie.

A Master in Finance provides technical skills and advanced financial knowledge that could open doors to an array of high-potential career paths in the finance industry.