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How to Get Hired in Financial Analysis Jobs

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So, how do you stand out? How do you ensure that you bag that coveted financial analyst role you have dreamt of for years? In this article, we help you understand how to get hired as a financial analyst using the 3 major tools of Education, Skills, and Interview practice:

1. Education:

It is no secret that you need to be equipped in Mathematics or a related field such as Finance, Economics, Statistics, Business etc. to work as a financial analyst. If you know your goals by the time you decide to pursue your undergraduate education, you can choose one of these fields as your major. When you are in university, also take the initiative to join extracurricular activities in this domain that interest you such as finance, entrepreneurship, management clubs etc. 

2. Skills:

A financial analyst has to pore over complex and lengthy sets of financial data, understand it, and draw conclusions on what it means for a company’s business, profitability, and future. Hence, it is a task of enormous responsibility and requires specific skills:

c. Interpersonal skills: As a financial analyst, you will be working closely with your clients – companies whose financials you are assessing. You will also be reporting and presenting these to your superiors in a concise and coherent manner, to further draw conclusions from it. Since your job involves finances, people involved are trusting you immensely and expect that you will be able to paint an accurate and comprehensible picture for them. This requires solid interpersonal communication skills.

While you can find courses online to sharpen your networking and conversational acumen, nothing can teach you this as well as actually doing it. You can begin to engage in these activities during school or college by participating in debates, elocution contests, etc. or in a professional environment by setting up informational interviews at an internship or even simply reaching out to professionals you would like to learn from. When someone identifies true keenness and passion, more often than not, they would be willing to set aside some time to guide you.

Other skills we strongly recommend you start building upon are the ability to multitask, think strategically, work in a high-pressure environment and yet, to compartmentalise your job and the rest of your life. Financial analysis is a demanding profession, hence, you must also ace organisational and time management skills to avoid feeling burnt out. When you master these often overlooked skills, you will be able to set yourself apart from the crowd as well. 

3. Interview: 

Conclusion:

With the right combination of education, skills (both quantitative and qualitative), and interview knowledge, you can climb up the ladder to being a financial analyst. No one segment alone will get you there, hence, don’t get disheartened if your MBA isn’t from a premier college or if you are struggling with Excel. Even the top companies are looking for those who are authentic, eager to learn and grow, and have the ability to connect with all stakeholders involved. So, focus on these skills, and with enough grit and dedication, you can achieve your goal to become not just any but rather, a distinguished financial analyst.

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