How should financial staff plan their careers?

How should financial staff plan their careers?

China is investing in a number of initiatives including the “Belt and Road” project, which are designed to establish the nation as regional trading hub. This highlights the potential for a bright future for financial staff in China.

However, career success doesn’t happen by chance, and it makes sense to draft a blueprint for your career to ensure you have what it takes to become a sought-after professional, who is highly regarded by hiring companies.

Here is a look at the steps you can take to plan your career as financial staff.

Understand where the opportunities lie

The finance industry offers a diverse range of career opportunities across a variety of specialisations. Part of your career road map should address whether you are focusing on an area where professional talent is enjoying strong demand.

The Robert Half Salary Guide is a strong source of information about trends in the market, including what are the most in-demand jobs, skills and qualifications.

What sort of training should you consider?

Most successful finance candidates are degree qualified though additional training and professional certification can enhance your career prospects.

Holding recognised industry qualifications demonstrates that you bring a high level of skills and knowledge to a company as well as a commitment to professional ethics. A variety of professional certifications are available. It’s a matter of choosing the option that best reflects the needs of your specialisation within the finance sector.

Do you have the right technical skills?

Your technical skills will go a long way to shaping your career success as a finance professional. The most in-demand skills can, and do, change over time, and you need to consider the skills you currently have, while being committed to adapting your skills throughout your career to meet changes in the industry, the market and technology.

Your soft skills play a valuable role too

As part of a team of financial staff, your soft skills will play a key role in your career. In particular, you need to be a good communicator, who can quickly connect with, and advise, people, while being able to receive feedback yourself.

As China’s companies are increasingly interacting on a global scale, bilingual proficiency is also seen as a highly desirable soft skill among finance professionals.

Strong interpersonal and leadership skills are also essential. Your ability to motivate and bring out the best in co-workers can contribute to the success of the team and your company.

Working in finance can be highly rewarding especially if you take the time to draw up a blueprint for your career at an early stage. It’s a step that can help you make informed decisions about the skills, experience and qualifications you need to reach the top of your field.

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