Goodman School of Business
Courses at Brock
Clubs & Associations
How the BCDO can help
Nature of work & types of jobs:
- Bank Lending Officer
- Corporate Analyst
- Financial Analyst
- Investment Compliance Officer
- Security Underwriting
Positions of Recent Grads:
- Finance Associate Analyst
- Senior Financial Analyst
- Cost Analyst
- Financial Quality Assurance Consultant
- Corporate Banking Analyst
- Commercial Account Manager
- Associate Commercial Credit Advisor
- Financial Auditor
- Insurance Account Representative
- Commercial Banker
There are many different career paths in the financial industry. The following are some of the more common ones:
Corporate banking refers to the different banking services that large companies, institutions, and governments need in order to function. Career paths include: Commercial Banking, Investment Banking, and Merchant Banking.
Retail bankers provide services at branch locations for relatively small account holders including deposits, withdrawals, loans, mortgages, and investments. Career paths include: Personal Banking, Small Business Banking.
Insurance focuses on helping individuals and businesses anticipate and manage risk to protect them from catastrophic losses. Careers in insurance involve being an Agent or a Broker.
Wealth Management deals with researching, analyzing and advising clients on investment opportunities. Career paths include: Securities, Private Banking, and Asset Management.
Corporate Finance involves working within a company to find money to run and grow the business, make acquisitions, and plan its financial future. This may include a wide variety of responsibilities such as: handling the company’s financing and investing (i.e. pension funds); managing the risk of assets; cash management; financial planning, reporting, accounting and cost analysis.
Certified Financial Planner (CFP) - CFPs work with individuals to help them understand their options and make financial decisions suited to their personal financial situation and goals.
Personal Financial Planner (PFP) – PFPs evaluate and manage various wealth forms to optimize their clients’ financial situations.
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) – CFAs tend to be analysts who work in the field of institutional money management and stock analysis, not financial planning.
Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) – CIMs can sell mutual funds.
Chartered Life Underwriter (CLM) – CLMs are qualified to sell and administer life insurance.
Financial Management Advisor (FMA) – FMAs provide advanced financial planning advice to high net worth investors.
Registered Health Underwriter (RHU) – RHUs are insurance/financial advisors with advanced knowledge in disability insurance underwriting.
Canadian Securities Course (CSC) – the CSC is the initial course required for becoming licensed to work within the Canadian securities industry as a securities dealer or securities agent.
Courses at Brock
A concentration in finance prepares you for job opportunities in treasury management, banking, portfolio management, investment banking, investment advising, financial planning, and financial analysis. Upper-year courses offered include:
- FNCE 4P03-Financial Analysis
- FNCE 4P04-Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management
- FNCE 4P08-Management of Financial Institutions
- FNCE 4P09-Portfolio Management
- FNCE 4P16-Derivatives
Clubs & Associations
Both work and volunteer experience can help you gain the necessary skills to get a job in the finance industry.
Recommended Clubs on Campus:
Associations, Volunteer Organizations, and Other Resources:
- CFA Institute
- Association for Financial Professionals
- Canadian Institute of Actuaries
- Canadian Securities Institute
Brock’s Career Services offers corporate mentorship programs with RBC and TD Canada Trust. This is a great opportunity to learn about the profession while building your network.
You are also encouraged to attend the following events, hosted by the BCDO:
- How To Get A Job In Finance – meet alumni and industry professionals
- Networking Breakfast – meet employers from different companies and find out about job opportunities
- Communication Skills (verbal & written)
- Demonstrate Initiative
- Problem Solving & Analytical Skills
- Interpersonal & Relationship Management Skills
- Leadership Skills
- Proficiency in Office Software
- Critical Thinking Negotiation Skills
- Act with Integrity Willing to Take Risks
As a Brock student, I have been involved in numerous student clubs and business competitions to help complement my academic background in finance. I am currently the Vice President Finance for the Brock Human Resource Management Association (HRMA), which enables me to utilize the knowledge I have learned in the classroom. In addition to being involved with the HRMA, I have competed in business case competitions where I have been able to showcase my strong finance background when creating viable business solutions. I am currently beginning a co-op work term at Kraft Foods Canada as a Financial Analyst which will further strengthen my knowledge of the financial sector.
-Massine Bouzerar, BBA Finance student
During the first couple of years of my undergraduate studies, I have been involved with numerous extracurricular activities, business-related events, and networking opportunities, which have supplemented the theoretical knowledge that I have learned in-class and have assisted me in further developing many practical qualities that are required in most business environments. Specifically, my experiences as the President of the Brock Chapter of War Child Canada and a member of Brock’s Varsity Squash Team have enabled me to enhance my leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills. As a student concentrating in finance, my involvement within the Business Students’ Association and my summer co-op placement at Canadian Tire Corporation have provided me with tremendous opportunities to broaden my understanding of many areas within the financial sector, gain key finance-related experience, and meet many industry professionals. Over the upcoming years, I look forward to continuing to take advantage of the many opportunities that Brock offers, in order to gain a well-rounded business education and prepare me for my future career.
-Jordan Menchella, BBA Finance student