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Financial adviser

Alternative titles for this job include Independent financial adviser, financial planner, wealth manager

Financial advisers help people and organisations to choose investments, savings, pensions, mortgages and insurance products.

Average salary (a year)

£23,500 Starter


£45,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 38 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends attending events or appointments

How to become

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How to become a financial adviser

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


This role is open to graduates of most subjects. Particularly relevant subjects include:

  • financial services
  • business management
  • accountancy

Once you finish your course you could apply to join a financial services company or bank as a graduate trainee adviser.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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You could do a financial adviser higher apprenticeship or a financial services professional degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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You could start as a financial services administrator or customer services adviser in a bank and work your way up.

To do this, you'll need to study for a level 4 qualification in financial advice recognised by the Financial Conduct Authority. These include:

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Further information

You can find more on working in financial services through The London Institute of Banking & Finance.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills for finding out customer needs
  • knowledge of economics and accounting for understanding financial markets and products
  • maths knowledge for creating financial plans
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • business management skills for negotiating product rates
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As part of your day-to-day tasks, you could:

  • talk to clients about their finances and plans
  • research financial products and explain them simply and clearly
  • negotiate with providers of financial products
  • produce financial reports
  • update clients about their investments
  • meet performance and sales targets
  • keep up to date with new products and law changes

Working environment

You could work in an office, from home, at a client's home or in a contact centre.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

If you work for a large financial organisation, you could specialise in one area of work like retirement planning. You could also move into management, recruiting and training new staff.

With further specialised professional qualifications, you could become a director or partner in your firm.

Another option is to move into compliance work, making sure your company is following industry guidelines.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Business Development Advisor

  • Wage: £12,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Salford

Apprentice Financial Planner

  • Wage: £19,600.00 - £24,200.00 Monthly
  • Location: Wolverhampton

Courses In England

Financial Services Certificate

  • Provider: COOPERS SCHOOL
  • Start date: 01 September 2022
  • Location: Chislehurst

Financial Services Diploma Level 3 A Level

  • Start date: 01 September 2022
  • Location: BENFLEET

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