What do LSE Finance graduates do?

In  2012/13, 92% of leavers from the Department of Finance were in employment, completing further study or taking time out six months after graduation.

The top employment sectors for Finance leavers were:

  • investment banking
  • financial services
  • consultancy
  • property.

The average starting salary of graduates from the Finance department in 2012/13 was £42,600.

To find out more about LSE graduate destinations by specific Finance degree programmes, see graduate destinations by course|.

Graduate profiles

These are detailed profiles exploring why LSE graduates initially chose to study with us as well as giving each graduate the opportunity to relive their LSE experience and fill us in on how their career has developed since graduation. We are grateful to all LSE graduates who have taken the time to complete our Graduate Profile Questionnaire in order to produce these profiles.

Giles Cigerza

MSc Finance, 2010Junior Financial Analyst, Swiss Re

Jacek Musialski

MSc Finance and Economics, 2010Analyst, UniCredit Bank AG

Maximilian Link

MSc Finance, 2010European Real Estate Associate, Fidelity Worldwide Investment

Employability skills

Studying within the Finance department you will have the opportunity to develop specific subject knowledge alongside a set of highly valuable and transferable employability skills, including:

  • Business and commercial awareness: a first rate understanding of business procedure and the nature and functionality of organisations and the commercial world.
  • Strong numerical skills: the ability to understand, manipulate and interpret complex numerical and statistical data.
  • Advanced analytical thinking and problem-solving skills: applying a methodical approach to analyse information critically, assessing all aspects of a situation and evaluating possible solutions.
  • Organisational skills: learning to think logically, pay attention to detail and organise your time and work efficiently.
  • Excellent communications skills: enabling you to present complex data verbally and in writing.

Personal development planning for Finance students

During your time at the LSE you will have a chance to develop a variety of skills and have a range of experiences which will help you decide on your future career choice and improve your employability. To get the most intellectual satisfaction from your degree it is important that this is your main focus. Your degree will help develop subject specific skills and transferable skills such as analytical ability and critical thinking. Find out more in the employability skills section above.

However also ensure that you make optimum use of your time at LSE, by practicing the skills you are developing through your studies in contexts outside of academia and, by adding to your range of competencies, skills, experiences and achievements through involvement in extracurricular activities and work experience.

For example, you could help run a society, get involved in student mentoring or other volunteering, assist in teaching secondary school children or undertaking paid work. Whatever the activity, it will help you to understand what you enjoy doing and provide evidence to employers that you have the skills needed for the job.