Finance Concentration

Goodman School of Business

Finance Concentration

In this guide:

A concentration in finance provides you with the knowledge of all aspects of  money management including investment, collection, disbursement, borrowing,  and  fund‐raising.  Finance  also  focuses  on  preparation  of financial  reports,  tax  and  regulatory requirements, cash  flow, investments, and development of information. A finance degree will give you the necessary skills to understand and reason through a wide range of fundamental financial decisions. 

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.

Professional Designations
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. 

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:

Corporate Mentorship
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.

How Goodman Career can help
The Goodman Career Development Office provides various services and hosts different events to help prepare students for the job search process. Check out our workshops or book an appointment with our office.

You are also encouraged to attend the following events, hosted by Goodman Career:

  1. How To Get A Job In Finance – meet alumni and industry professionals
  2. Networking Breakfast – meet employers from different companies and find out about job opportunities

Important Competencies

  • Communication Skills (verbal & written)
  • Demonstrate Initiative
  • Problem Solving & Analytical Skills
  • Interpersonal & Relationship Management Skills
  • Organization
  • Adaptability
  • Leadership Skills
  • Proficiency in Office Software
  • Critical Thinking Negotiation Skills
  • Act with Integrity Willing to Take Risks