Posted March 06, 2018 07:23:36 The newest graduates of the new Kia finance degree program are ready to jump in the finance game, taking the plunge in a bid to take on the daunting task of getting paid in the fast-paced global finance world.
The Kia graduates are preparing to take a big step into the industry after earning degrees in accounting and finance at the University of Michigan and in the United Kingdom, where they also studied law.
Kia graduates from the U.S. and Britain earn between $50,000 and $65,000 in the U, but in the new U.K. program they’re earning more than $100,000, with a median annual salary of about $80,000.
Aspiring financial entrepreneurs, like the students at Kia’s London campus, are learning the ins and outs of the finance world from experienced pros and trying to be the next big thing.
“The finance world is very competitive,” said Michael Pfeiffer, who earned a degree in accounting at the university in London and worked for the British bank Barclays as a sales manager.
With more and more people taking courses to prepare for their financial futures, Pfeisser and his colleagues hope the new program will encourage the next generation of graduates to take up the profession.
While Pfeitzer and other students are looking forward to earning a wage in the financial sector, other graduates are looking ahead to working in the health, social services, education and tourism sectors, according to their LinkedIn profiles.
More than 50% of Kia drivers are foreign born, and Kia has partnered with the UBC-Saskatchewan College of Law and will offer its students in-depth training in finance at its London campus.
In addition to the financial coursework, the Kia program also offers a range of business and financial advising, including financial literacy and tax planning, to help drivers become better investors.
“I think there’s a lot of people out there who want to do finance,” said Pfeffer.
After studying accounting and accounting-related subjects, the students are now studying to be lawyers and are currently looking for a new job.
Many students want to take their financial skills to the next level.
One of the first students to take that leap is John Tait, a 21-year-old from Surrey, B.C., who is currently working in a finance consulting business.
Tait said he and his classmates are looking for work in finance to help them pay their bills.
Pfeiffers and his students also want to get involved in other financial activities, such as helping other students with loans or investing.
Another student, Josh Renton, is also studying to become a tax lawyer.
If he is successful in that, he would like to help students get into tax law and be able to pass his knowledge along to future generations.
“We’re just trying to take this as far as we can,” said Renton.
“If we can pass that knowledge onto the next generations, I think it’s going to be a huge advantage.”
The students at the Kias London campus are also taking classes in business.