Pursuing a Career in Banking and Finance

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An article by contributor Saurabh Tyagi.banking-and-finance

The world economy is going through a volatile phase and therefore, it needs able minded professionals who are good at handling finances and policy changes more than ever. This calls for excellent banking and finance managers who have the ability to work under hostile circumstances.  If you are looking to make a career in this field this post will help you in the same.

A banking or finance manager is a role of great responsibility as his advice and decisions can change the fortune of a company. In the capacity of this position the professional provides consultation to his client regarding financial matters that have an important impact on business. A banking and finance manager has to be good at handling large sums of money and for the same should have a good mathematical aptitude. Every company needs a good financial manger to supervise the preparation of financial reports, provide guidance when it comes to making investment and help in execution of cash-management strategies. Plus, a good banking manager is also necessary to ensure your best financial interests.

How to be a good banking and finance manager?

It is not easy being a banking or finance manager and neither everyone can become one. While one can be good at accounts and economics, but that doesn’t mean he or she will fit in the shoes of a manager to whom a whole company or a group of companies look for strategic advice on important financial matters. What if your advice doesn’t deliver on the expectation of the client? Will you be able to handle the aftermath of an advice going the wrong way? The first requirement to become a good financial manager or banking manager is having faith in your abilities which comes either from experience or proper education.

Education requirements: In order to get this position one needs to be acquainted with the concepts of capital flow inside an economy. This will require a candidate to either pursue a degree in economics or accounts. Once the graduation is complete, it can be followed by a postgraduate diploma in either banking & finance management or a MBA in Banking & Finance Management, whichever the student prefers. The course is normally of two year duration during which the student learns about the various nuances of money management. These programs are well-structured and can help one develop innovative strategies and solve the financial problems of an organization, end to end. Once the candidate completes the program successfully, he is ready to explore a wide scope of job opportunities in different financial institutions such as insurance companies, asset management companies, consultancies, banks and securities and investment brokerage, amongst others.

Developing the right attributes:

 If one aspires to be a financial manager, he or she should start thinking like one. Same goes for banking manager position.   In order to excel in this role one should have the ability to manage and support staff by continuously motivating them. The job specifics will also involve developing, implementing and evaluating sales policies and proficiency is required in the same.  One needs to develop a long-term vision of the industry and how policy changes are going to affect the economy. He or she should also have an in-depth knowledge of the whole financial industry.

The job prospects:

It is a competitive market out there for budding banking and financial managers. But it is mainly healthy competition since there is a growing requirement for qualified professionals in the biz world. Employers are looking for candidates who have good proficiency in accounting and finance and a master’s degree is specially going to help the aspirants get their dream job. Besides the necessary educational qualification and knowledge, candidates having a good computer proficiency and strong communication skills stand a better chance of getting the job. There are plenty of bank jobs for people with good qualifications and experience as more and more banking institutions are hiring for these positions.

In the coming decade also there will be ample opportunities for job growth for banking and financial managers. This is because as the economy expands there will be greater requirement of professionals who can provide credible financial expertise. New businesses are being created every day and the existing businesses are also expanding, which amounts to more job opportunities being created in this field. From 2010 to 2020, the employment is going to grow 9 percent which is a healthy rate. As per the data provided by Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary of professionals in this field is approximately $103,000, which is among the best.  However, the road ahead isn’t going to be as easy and there is going to be tough competition since the numbers of job openings are going to be lesser than the number of applicants.

Saurabh Tyagi is a writer, social media enthusiast and a keen observer of latest job trends. He is currently associated with Naukri.com, a leading online recruitment company in India. When he is not writing, you will find him brushing his knowledge about the latest jobs and digital marketing news. Connect with him on LinkedIn and Twitter.


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One response to “Pursuing a Career in Banking and Finance”

  1. 123mc com says:

    Barbara Bessemer, an accountant at DeVito and Co. LLC, says the high-pressure environment could dissuade some graduates from pursuing a career in the industry.

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