Possible Careers

There is a growing need for well-trained young talent able to see ‘the story behind the numbers’ in the financial industry. More than ever before, there is a need for clear financial analysis and sound financial advice. Further, the future of economy and finance will be created by professionals who have a firm grasp on the impact their decisions have upon society and the individual. As a graduate of the MSc in Financial Management, you are prepared to take on a wide variety of financial management positions worldwide, functioning at an excellent practical and academic level, and with a broad perspective that takes all stakeholders into account.

 Graduates of the Utrecht University Master’s in Financial Management have gone on to work in a number of different institutions and sectors including:

  • international banks e.g. World Bank, European Central Bank, Dutch Central Bank;
  • corporate banks e.g. ABN AMRO, HSBC, ING, Rabobank;
  • insurance firms and pension funds  (Delta Lloyd, PGGM)
  • financial market regulators (BaFin and AFM)
  • start-ups and venture capital firms;
  • consultancy firms

Towards a professional career

Positions in the financial industry held by our graduates include:

  1. (Junior) consultant financial management: as a financial management consultant, you will advise companies on how to set up their financial management practices.  
  2. Financial (management) trainee: as a financial trainee you will be exposed to all facets of financial management. You produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies to reach long-term (financial) goals. As such, you are at the root of all major business decisions. Eventually, you will choose a specialisation in one of the financial management functions at the end of the trainee program.
  3. Financial analyst: as a financial analyst you perform financial analysis for external or internal clients as a securities analyst, research analyst, equity analyst, investment analyst, or rating analyst.
  4. (Assistant) controller: as a controller you supervise the quality of accounting and financial reporting of an organisation, oversee the implementation and monitoring of internal controls, provide management reports on individual and entity performance, and guard the financial health of the organisation.
  5. (Assistant) treasurer: as a treasurer you are responsible for cash management, financial risk management (including the use of derivatives), debt management, investment management, and capital structure.