Bank Teller Jobs

A practical career guide.

Is it possible to move into corporate finance from bank teller jobs?

We get this question a lot from our students.  They want to know, is it a good idea to use bank teller jobs as an entry point into the industry, and then move up into corporate finance?

It’s a logical approach for anyone who doesn’t land a corporate finance role right out of school, but it may be harder to execute on then people originally think.


What is the job of a bank teller?

A bank teller is a customer service representative on the frontline who deals directly with customers. They often act as a cashier and develop experience handling cash and assisting clients with banking transactions.  Examples of their work include: depositing cash, withdrawing cash, transferring money between accounts, depositing cheques, issuing bank drafts, changing currencies, and general customer inquiries.


Why is it hard to transfer into corporate finance?

While it doesn’t seem fair, there is a tendency to categorize people based on their career path, and retail banking or teller jobs don’t usually transition to corporate finance.  The main reason is that there are far more highly qualified applicants for corporate finance roles than there are opportunities.  For this reason, those doing the hiring tend to draw certain lines in the sand, like what school you went to, and what you early career path was.


What are common career steps after bank teller?

Private banking and commercial banking are more common paths for people who began their career as a bank teller.  As an ambitious customer service rep or teller it’s possible to impress your manager and move into private banking, wealth management, or commercial banking.  From there, you may want to read our advice on how to move up from commercial banking jobs.


How best to move up from bank teller jobs?

The best ways to move up from bank teller jobs include: enrolling in and studying for the CFA or MBA, taking the series 7 exam (or equivalent in your country), going back to school full time for a master’s degree (see article: is an MBA worth it?), taking online financial modelling courses from CFI or one of our competitors, and most important of all, networking.


More resources for moving up

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