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KEY SKILLS

  • A formal accounting qualification

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to communicate

  • Financial reporting

  • Analytical ability

  • Knowledge of IT software

  • Management experience

  • Commercial acumen

  • Critical-thinking skills

  • Financial literacy skills

  • Technical skills

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Budgeting

PROS

  • The financial services industry offers a number of positions with a potential six-figure income.

  • Regular business hours and good working conditions.

  • Suitable for people who like to follow routines.

  • Suitable for people who values achievements and are results-oriented

  • This career is perfect for people who love to work indoors.

  • Very high salary.

CONS

  • Most financial services industry positions are fast-paced and high-stress.

  • Financial services is a cyclical industry.

  • High level of responsibility.

  • Not suitable for people who like to help and teach others

  • It is hard to get into this career. A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for this career.

  • Long working hours (More than 40 hours per week)

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Companies

  • Freelancer 

  • Agencies

  • Sell-side firms

  • Investment banks

  • Investment houses

  • Capital Advisor

  • You know and have the ability to streamline functions and passion to learn and grow.

  • You have strong interpersonal skills, including written and oral communication skills.

  • You are comfortable in dealing with ambiguity and the ability to work independently.

  • You would love to have experience working with, and presenting to, senior executives.

  • You have excellent communication and presentation skills; be comfortable interacting with executive-level management.

  • You have strong financial modeling experience.

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Interesting Facts about the career

  • Facts and aspects of a financial analyst’s life

1. Perform financial forecasting, reporting, and operational metrics tracking.

2. Analyze financial data and create financial models for decision support. 

3. Report on financial performance and prepare for regular leadership reviews. 

4. Analyze past results, perform variance analysis, identify trends, and make recommendations for improvements. 

5. Work closely with the accounting team to ensure accurate financial reporting. 

6. Evaluate financial performance by comparing and analyzing actual results with plans and forecasts. 7. Guide the cost analysis process by establishing and enforcing policies and procedures. 

8. Provide analysis of trends and forecasts and recommend actions for optimization. 

9. Recommend actions by analyzing and interpreting data and making comparative analyses; study proposed changes in methods and materials.

10. Identify and drive process improvements, including the creation of standard and ad-hoc reports, tools, and Excel dashboards. 

11. Increase productivity by developing automated reporting/forecasting tools Perform market research, data mining, business intelligence, and valuation comps Maintain a strong financial analysis foundation creating forecasts and models 

12. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel is mentioned in virtually any financial analyst job description; familiarity with data query/data management tools is extremely helpful (Access, SQL, Business Objects).

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