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How to Make a Career in Finance

Posted on February 20, 2021 by Umer Fayaz  | Academics | Blog

Finance, over the years, has expanded significantly across different domains and has made itself an indispensable part of every growing industry and sector. In contemporary times acquiring financial knowledge and being good with crunching numbers can render a powerful push to your career prospects. Finance has positioned itself as an important element of every field that you can imagine. Every organization these days need to maintain a meticulous track record of its revenue, cash flow and related financial investments activities. With strong and impressive financial skills you can make a lucrative career in any given field. An undergraduate degree can be a stepping stone to start a career in finance.

Undergraduate Programme in Finance

After completing the board exams, students start looking for options to pursue their undergraduate degrees in. Pursuing higher education is one of the most important decisions that have a life changing impact on a person’s career. Which is why one needs to choose a programme after doing a thorough research about it. Finance is taught as a subject in commonly offered degree programmes like BBA and BCom in India but in some universities abroad, it is taught as a specialization with core focus on the subsets of it. Considering the shift in the job market, the specialization programmes are becoming more popular with more dynamic career prospects globally.
Finance is a broad field, boasting a range of subjects to prepare students to survive in the aggressive and competitive field. Some subjects taught in finance broadly include:

  1. Personal Finance
  2. Accounting
  3. Business Marketplace
  4. Principles of Business
  5. Business Ethics
  6. Marketing
  7. Statistics
  8. Organizational Behavior
  9. Risk Management
  10. International Business
  11. Corporate Finance
  12. Capital Markets

Why Study Finance?

The decision to make finance one’s profession is undoubtedly a great career choice because of the expansive benefits one can reap from this domain. To cater to basic level jobs in finance, you don’t require to delve deep into its complexities. Just a clear and practical understanding of it can give your career a boost. It is a wonderful choice even for beginners with no advanced knowledge. If you are searching for secure career options, a satisfactory knowledge and experience of finance will set you for a lucrative career path. The financial industry is in constant flux, changing and evolving according to the needs of the time. It is constantly incorporating different domains within itself. For instance, the old-age traditional banking has acquired a new face by integrating fin-tech products like decryption of cryptocurrencies.

Studying finance imbues a person with a new set of characteristics: With changing times, finance demands a person to develop sharp analytical skills, swift decision making and problem-solving skills. Financial knowledge is useful enough to employ in every sphere. And is not just about preparing financial statements for your organization, its understanding can assist you in diverse ways.

How to Start a Career in Finance?

The field of finance is vast and competitive. One needs to invest plenty of time to secure a successful career in finance. Here’s how you can begin your journey to make a career in finance:

Pursue an Undergraduate Degree in Finance: A degree in finance will provide you with all the skills and knowledge required to enter this field. A finance course will let you understand all the important concepts of this field so that you can propel your career. You can go for a diploma course or pursue courses like MBA.

Add Internships to Your Resume: Internships are perhaps the quickest way to put your learnings to the task and to accrue practical insights into the world of finance. Internships can be sought independently or with the help of the institution you are studying in.

Join Certification Programs: Certification programs are short but important to build skills to manoeuvre through complex jobs. They immensely expand your career options, helping you ascend to your current job or swap your job or organization.

Study Finance at ISBF

Indian School of Business and Finance is among the top 5 global teaching centres of the University of London. All the programmes at ISBF receive academic directions from London School of Economics (LSE), which means that the students at ISBF

study exactly the same curriculum as their counterparts at LSE in London. Among other programmes, the institute offers BSc (Hons) Economics & Finance and BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance that prepare students for exciting career opportunities in India and abroad. Whether it is applying for a master’s at prestigious universities globally or you plan to work at your dream job abroad, the global edge that you have with an LSE education is unmatched.

Career Prospects

There are various job profiles in finance to take up after you finish a relevant course. The earning potential depends on the level of expertise and education that you have. If you have strong academic credentials with global exposure, you are likely to find yourself a lucrative job of your choice. Here are some of the career paths that you can look for while planning a career in finance.

  1. Business manager
  2. Accountant
  3. Credit analyst
  4. Budget analyst
  5. Financial analyst
  6. Financial advisor
  7. Loan officer
  8. Actuary
  9. Financial Manager
  10. Business specialist
  11. Financial risk manager
  12. Insurance claims investigator

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