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Stockbroker

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Stockbrokers manage their clients' investments by trading stocks, shares and other financial products to get the best return.

Average salary (a year)

£24,000 Starter

to

£125,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

50 to 60 a week

You could work

early mornings flexibly

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How to become

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How to become a stockbroker

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
  • a graduate training scheme

University

You could start by doing a degree in a relevant subject like:

  • management
  • business
  • economics
  • finance
  • maths

A course with a placement year or a summer internship will give you valuable experience and an advantage when applying for work.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to get into this job through an investment specialist higher apprenticeship or financial services professional degree apprenticeship.

You will take professional exams as part of these apprenticeships and at the end you will be able to apply for membership of the relevant professional body.

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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Direct Application

You could move into stockbroking if you have a experience in accountancy, banking or insurance and take further training on the job.

Other Routes

You can apply for a place on a company's graduate training scheme if you have a degree. You'll usually need at least an upper second class degree to apply. Useful subjects include:

  • business management
  • economics
  • finance
  • maths

There's a lot of competition for places, so it'll help if you have some relevant work experience.

Many graduates also have a postgraduate qualification like a master's in business administration.

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Registration

Career tips

You may find it useful to gain professional qualifications from organisations like CFA Institute and Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers and training in stockbroking from the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and the Chartered Financial Analysts Society UK.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • maths knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of economics and accounting
  • the ability to use your judgement and make decisions
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • persistence and determination
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could

  • research financial markets and the latest trading figures
  • work closely with investment analysts
  • generate new business and develop close relationships with clients
  • manage and review client portfolios
  • give advice on risks
  • instruct stock market traders, to achieve the best market prices
  • meet profit, new business and retention targets
  • keep up to date with tax and financial legislation

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience and a good track record you could progress to become a trader, relationship manager or fund manager.

You could also become a partner or set up your own business.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Access to HE: Business

  • Provider: SUFFOLK NEW COLLEGE
  • Start date: 13 September 2021
  • Location: Ipswich

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  • Provider: CAMBRIDGE REGIONAL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: Cambridge

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