Analytical are always popular, mainly because they are forward-looking rather than process-orientated in nature. Finance analyst positions are also broader than traditional accounting jobs: they entail close collaboration with a number of business units across an organization rather than with one, as would be the case for many financial positions. Whereas banks traditionally sought professionals with two to three years' post-qualification experience, a lot of newly qualified CIMA members are filling such vacancies at the moment. Your work will typically include budgeting, forecasting, variance analysis, trend recognition and guiding strategic decision-makers. The possibilities for progression from this position are many and varied -- finance analyst roles can open a number of doors both inside and outside investment banking. Overall, they offer fantastic career prospects.