Accounting and Finance graduate destinations

Many Economics, Finance and Management graduates go into career areas directly reflecting the skills they have gained through studying the subject. These graduates are a target group for many major graduate employers and are high on their recruitment schedule.

Data obtained from

  • Single and joint honours Accounting courses (BSc), including those with study abroad
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 30 UK graduates from 2019/20; this is a response rate of 76.9%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 86.7%
Self-employment/freelancing 0%
Running my own business 0%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 0%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 0%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 6.7%
Taking time out to travel 0%
Caring for someone 3.3%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 0%
Doing something else 3.3%

Sector information

The sectors to which Bristol students have traditionally applied include finance, accountancy, investment banking, management consultancy, and other City and commercial careers.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Accounting, bookkeeping and auditing activities; tax consultancy 11
Fund management activities 2
Trusts, funds and other financial vehicles 2
Other sectors (7 sectors) 8

There are also a number of Economics, Finance and Management graduates who do not enter careers directly related to the content of their studies. Instead, these graduates may chose from the huge range of occupations that do not require a specific degree (approx. 70% of all advertised vacancies) and that are open to graduates of any discipline.

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Deloitte LLP
  • JP Morgan Chase and Co
  • NatWest
  • Oracle Corporation

Examples of occupations

  • Audit Associate
  • Trainee Accountant
  • Commercial Banking Graduate
  • Finance Analyst
  • Teacher

Further study

Graduates who have studied Economics, Finance and Management may gain exemptions from the first year professional exams of the various accountancy bodies who validate the professional training.

Bristol enabled me to gain more exemptions from CIMA than other colleagues who studied the same course elsewhere. A degree from Bristol opens so many doors.

Ross, Operations Accountant, Balfour Beatty (BSc Accounting and Management, 2010)

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