Given the small number of directly-related degrees in pensions, many employers will hire someone on the basis of their personal skills and qualities as much as their commercial awareness.
Those working in the profession come from a wide range of backgrounds, although many will hold a business-related degree.
What are employers looking for from graduates?
Employers are looking for graduates that are committed and extremely professional in their practice. Skills are exceptionally important and employers will look for new entrants that have good communication, negotiation, problem solving and lateral thinking skills.
Customer service and client relationship skills are equally important, as are good numerate abilities.
Possessing a good understanding of the sector is an advantage. There will be some jobs that require an applicant to have an understanding of the technical knowledge needed to do the job, but don’t worry if you feel this is not something that you can offer – most employers are willing to support an entrant through training and gaining professional qualifications.
Professional qualifications are very important in the pensions sector and most employers will require you to work towards achieving these. As confirmed by John Hutton, National UK Sales Learning & Development Manager at Friends Life:
‘It has never been more vital for individuals to focus on their own personal development. Whether it’s the development of knowledge, skills or the achievement of qualifications, those who grow their capability will be successful in our industry in the future’.
Employers are always seeking to identify and attract the best talent. Don’t miss out, be part of the industry and start planning your career in pensions.