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Entering a business/finance position with a physics degree?

I graduated with 2:2 in a physics degree at Hull university. I’m wanting to change career direction to either business or finance. I have strong maths ability and got an A in GCSE maths. Is anyone aware of any companies that might be interested in an applicant with these qualifications but little relevant work experience?

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2 Responses to “Entering a business/finance position with a physics degree?”

  1. Cari said :

    I’m not sure if you mean that you’ve only just graduated and have limited work experience, but if so, there are many employers who will take people on into graduate roles without caring what your degree is actually in. It can’t be that hard – the Accounts Assistant at my company is an Engineering graduate!

    Another way to do it could be to start off in Accounts Payable or Accounts Receivable roles, which you’ll probably find mundane since in some companies will be little more than data entry jobs, but because they’re so simple then no-one will care what you’ve done in the past. I’m sure you would find that there could be the potential to move onto other things after a while.

    You could try to get into an analyst or reporting position, if you have exceptionally strong Excel and Access skills.

    Then your other option is simply to go back to university and study something finance-related.

  2. certaxrugby said :

    Quite possible depending on how motivated you are. Also, if you have been in the workplace for some time, be prepared to take a drop in ‘position’ and be ready to have to work your way back up again.

    I have a chap working for me who changed career after many years in the IT industry and is now retraining as an accountant – and he is brilliant. His previous career gives him a set of skills which I have foiund to be really helpful.

    I started in business and finance, moved into sales and marketing, and then moved back into finance again – so all sorts of move are possible depending on how motivated you are.

    So what your degree was in doesnt necessarily matter. What is your motivation does matter.

    Above all, have fun!

    David Nicoll


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