Banking School Leaver Jobs - Careers Guide

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Money, money, money....you want it, need it, might have a hard time keeping it, and want to know how to get it. Ever thought of learning about it, getting into the banking industry, and finding out what makes it grow, how to make it last and how to use it to meet your goals? You can make a job out of this by working in the banking sector.Banking

When you think of working in a bank, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the tellers behind the screen who cash your cheques and make your deposits. That's one part of banking, but there are also job opportunities in managing accounts of different types and sizes, giving advice on mortgages and loans, and answering phone calls from people who have questions about their account.

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After leaving school you might want to consider doing A Levels or a vocational qualification to raise your chance in working as a bank teller. A lot of banks and investment companies offer graduate training programmes that take you straight from university and train you in different areas of banking. This can lead to management opportunities that pay well, and give you plenty of chances for extra qualifications to build your CV with.

Large companies often have a big social side to them too, and teams are encouraged to do things together like go out for drinks or hang out on weekends – it's a great way to make friends that you have something in common with. To learn more about the banking industry, you should go to careers fairs, or visit banks' websites to find out what graduate programmes are around, and when's best to apply for them.

Banks also offer jobs that you don't need to go to university for at call centres and other customer service points, helping people with the queries they have about their account or other things the bank offers.

The banking industry is a fast-paced, competitive industry that's easy to progress in if you're ready to put in extra hours and effort. You'll have the potential to make a lot of money, but you'll also have the responsibility of making sure other people's money is kept safe and listening to their own goals so you can help meet them.

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In customer service banking roles, you can start off around £13,000-£15,000, going over £20,000 as you take on higher roles in the department.

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Most school leavers start out working in a bank's customer service department, where financial experience is not a necessity. You'll often just need four or more GCSEs at grades A-C (including English and Maths), plus retail experience of some kind from working in a shop, or something where you had to deal with customer queries in an office. The bank you work for should give you more on-the-job training so you can get more skills.

If you want to progress to become a bank manager or work in the financial industries, it is likely that you will need to get a degree in economics or finance. However, some banks run school leaver programmes which will train you up with qualifications while on the job.

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You'll need to be good with people, whether you're handling queries or accounts, plus have thorough attention to detail. Think about what you like to see when you go to a bank – you want to talk to someone who'll listen to you, and who you can trust because they know what they're talking about.

To work in the banking sector you will need to be comfortable working with numbers and arithmetic. Soft skills such as communication, teamwork and negotiation are also likely to be important.

Some of the skills that banking recruiters might look for are:
What entry level banking jobs can I do?

School leavers can go straight into banking jobs without a graduate degree, but don’t expect to be working as a stockbroker or bank manager straight away. Most school leavers will go into roles as cashiers and assistants, but it’s also worth checking out some of the school leaver programmes offered by major institutions like Santander and RBS.

Some of the entry level banking jobs a school leaver can do include:
  • Cashier
  • Trainee management programmes
  • Customer service
  • Account executive
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