Career outlook for investment banker
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would help businesses raise funds for expansion and growth by connecting them with companies or wealthy people who have money to invest.
You would advise investors whether to put their money into a business project. Investors are usually either rich individuals or companies like pension funds or insurance companies which have large amounts of money. If the project succeeds then they will get more money back than they originally invested.
When a business tries to take over or merge with another company you would examine the proposal to ensure your clients will profit from the deal. Mergers and acquisitions can be very complex. You’d need to be able to focus on details and understand a lot of information at once.
- Research markets
- Find business opportunities
- Help companies plan their long-term strategies
- Help companies get the funds to set up or expand
- Decide when a business should offer shares for sale and at what price
- Help companies to get loans
- Suggest new business deals to companies and investors
- Work out the best arrangements – the structure – for a merger or acquisition
You would work closely with lawyers, accountants, finance officers and chief executives. You’d need to keep up to date with financial and legal regulations.
You might specialise in a particular industry or type of investment. A growing area is social investment, where you’d connect investors with companies that are not just profitable but which have a positive impact on individuals, society or the environment.
You’d need to be persuasive and a good negotiator. You’d also need to be confident in making decisions involving very large sums of other people’s money.
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