Careers in banking refer to all the jobs in banks - sounds simple enough. But within that there are a lot unfamiliar job titles you might not have come across before in a variety of different kinds of banks.

Here is an introduction to some of the areas you could go into:

Retail Banking: This is probably the most visible form of banking as it deals directly with the consumer in branch rather than businesses. Even within the retail sector there are multiple areas open to you, from counter services to financial advisors. The common element here is that your role will usually be customer facing.

Investment Banking: investment banks generally work on behalf of governments, corporations, and other institutions to provide services such as Mergers and Acquisition support and Underwriting.

Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A): the bank provides support to companies that want to expand by combining with other companies. This support can be financial or in the form of other services and expertise.

Underwriting: if a company requires investment to grow it has the option to ‘go public’ which means shares in the company will be sold on the stock market. During the Initial Public Offering (IPO) the investment bank agrees to sell either all or a selection of the stocks at the agreed price to the investors.

Investment Management: investment managers generally fall into two categories, relationship management which is a client facing role involving meeting with clients and discussing their requirements and fund management who are responsible for making the investments themselves.

What are employers looking for?
Most employers will be looking for people who have completed STEM or business degrees to a high level. They may also require you to supply your A level and even GCSE results, but don’t be scared off! They are trying to get a complete picture of you as a person to help find the right person for the job.

Key Skills: Problem solving, numeracy, teamwork, organisation/time management

Recruiters in this sector:

American Express

American Express is a company of over 62,500 employees working around the globe to provide innovative solutions and exceptional service

Deutsche Bank

At Deutsche Bank, we’re changing what it means to be a bank. It’s about making a positive difference and cultivating new perspectives.


We provide expert international wealth advice to expatriate clients and international high net worth investors around the world.

Global Banking School

Global Banking School offers instructor-led investment banking training to global banks, private equity and more

HM Treasury

HM Treasury is the government’s economic and finance ministry, maintaining control over public spending, setting the direction of the UK’s economic policy and working to achieve strong and sustainable economic growth.


HSBC is one of the world leaders in banking, with operations across the globe. Our diverse graduate programmes all share one thing in common: the oppo

National Audit Office

The National Audit Office offer graduates ICAEW Accountancy training.


One firm - a powerhouse of a commercial enterprise that does the right thing for our clients, our people and our communities.

Quilter Financial Adviser School

The Financial Adviser School is part of Quilter; the new name for the Old Mutual Wealth group. It is a leading provider of advice, investments and wealth management both in the UK and internationally.


Santander is one of the most efficient financial service providers in the UK.

School of Investment Banking

Founded in 2007, School of Investment Banking is a unique and one of a kind Investment Banking training institute.

Teach First

Teach First is an independent charity aimed at addressing one of the UK's most damaging social issues.

The London Institute of Banking and Finance

Our focus is on lifelong learning; equipping individuals with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to achieve what they want throughout their career and life.


uLeague is a career service platform that offers professional pathways in Digital Marketing, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Trading, and Banking & Finance, which are accompanied by a suite of tech-enabled tools for professional development.