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Business, Finance & Law


  • You will find there are attractive starting salaries, possible private healthcare benefits and excellent opportunities for progression in the financial, business and law sectors. However it is quite common to work long hours in a fast-paced office environment.
  • Major banks and well-known accountancy firms such as Deloitte LLP, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PwC are amongst the largest recruiters of graduates in the UK.
  • The leading law firms in the UK, or the ‘Magic Circle’ as they are more commonly known, include; Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Slaughter and May.



Accounts Clerk £15,000 – £22,000
Chartered Certified Accountant (trainee to senior level) £15,000 – £100,000
Event Organiser £18,000 – £70,000
Financial Manager £22,000 – £95,000
Chartered Management Accountant £28,900 – £120,000
Market Researcher £18,000 – £25,000
Marketing Executive £25,500 – £37,300
Management Consultant (with a number of years experience) £25,000 – £50,000
Tax Advisor £20,000 – £140,000
Barrister (after 5 years) £25,000 – £300,000
Experienced Assistant/Associate Solicitor £28,700 – £68,000
Public Relations Officer £22,000 – £28,000

Annual figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred and weekly figures to the nearest full pound. Source:

Job Opportunities

  • The financial sector is leading in the recovery from the recession, with 2 million people currently employed.
  • It takes 6 years for law graduates to become a solicitor, including a full time undergraduate course, a legal practice course and Practice-based training.
  • There is a strong emphasis on work experience within the sector. Employers expect prospective employees to have previous experience within the industry, with many firms offering summer placements, internships or a year in industry for undergraduate students.
  • There continue to be many jobs requiring clerical and administrative skills across a range of sectors including the civil service, the NHS and lerge private sector corporations.
  • Self-employment is common in some parts of financial services. Accountancy and financial advice are two areas where self-employment is especially widespread.


Ben Richardson is a Management Consultant at Accenture in London. He left Blackpool Sixth in 2010 to study Economics at Queen Mary, University of London.

Nick Li is a Financial Analyst at AIG in London. He left Blackpool Sixth to study Mathematical Physics at Imperial College in 2009.

Adam Daniel is a Secured Treasury Services Analyst at UBS Investment Bank in London. He left Blackpool Sixth in 2008 to study Accounting and Finance at the Manchester Metropolitan University. Following his First Class Honours degree he studied International Business Practice at St Mary’s College in New York.


Useful Contacts

  • Careers post degree level
  • Chartered Institute of Public Relations
  • ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Chambers Student Guide
  • The Bar Council
  • The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
  • The Law Society of England and Wales