Career opportunities in finance

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Reference guide for fresh MBA grads and MBA aspirants to oursue careers in Finance

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Opportunities for Finance professionals:

Opportunities for Finance professionals

MBA in Finance:

MBA in Finance The career fields related to finance and financial services offer a wide range of opportunities in virtually all industries and sectors of the economy. The individual working in these fields should possess strong communication, analytical, quantitative and computer skills. 10-Nov-11 2 M.BASHYAKAR

Financial services:

Financial services This sector is growing more rapidly than any other sector in the current situation This sector needs people with basic financial skills to service the client requirements Examples are: Financing Consumer durables- Loan processing Insurance products-advisor role Mutual funds-investment advisor Wealth management services - Portfolio management Credit cards application processing 10-Nov-11 M.BASHYAKAR 3

Financial services:

Financial services Factoring services-receivables recovery, follow up etc Back office work supporting main services like banking, credit card payment services etc Credit evaluation – credit check Leasing and hire purchase - evaluation, follow-up. Share broking 10-Nov-11 M.BASHYAKAR 4

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK AND REQUIREMENTS:

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK AND REQUIREMENTS A major in Business Administration with an option in Finance, Financial Services is one of the more sought after academic backgrounds to enter the job market. Some positions may require an advanced graduate degree. Studies from the Department of Labor indicate moderate to strong growth for future employment in finance is expected based upon the steady growing economy. Employers generally seek graduates with strong work ethic, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and an ability to work well with others. 10-Nov-11 5 M.BASHYAKAR

WHAT ARE THE JOBS?:

WHAT ARE THE JOBS? There are two basic career paths in finance. The first is managerial finance, which involves managing the finance function for businesses in the manufacturing and trade industries. These industries make and sell consumer and commercial products. The second is a career in the financial services industry, which creates and sells financial products or services. Banking, securities, real estate, and insurance are all financial service industries. The job descriptions that follow are divided into two career paths: managerial finance and financial services. Typical entry-level positions available to recent college graduates are presented. 10-Nov-11 6 M.BASHYAKAR

WHAT ARE THE JOBS?:

WHAT ARE THE JOBS? Some advanced positions available after a number of years of work experience and/or an advanced degree are also described. Although many of the top positions in finance are not available to recent graduates, firms frequently hire new graduates as assistants to these positions. Please note that in the following job descriptions, one asterisk (*) designates an entry-level position and two asterisks (**) designate an advanced position. A review of the job descriptions below should help students understand the many exciting career opportunities available in finance. 10-Nov-11 7 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 1:

CAREER PATH 1 MANAGERIAL FINANCE 10-Nov-11 8 M.BASHYAKAR A career in managerial finance can lead to the highest levels of the firm. Studies of chief executive officers (CEOs) of the nation’s largest businesses show that the finance/accounting route is still the most common career path to the executive suite. The majority of CEOs has risen to the top after an average of 15 years in various financial management positions in the firm. One reason that many CEOs are chosen from financial management may be that the language of business is money , and people managing money generally have the attention of a firm’s top management. Exposure to these top policy makers can speed an effective financial manager’s climb in the organization.

CAREER PATH 1:

CAREER PATH 1 MANAGERIAL FINANCE-cont Today’s chief financial officers often rank third in the corporate hierarchy. Their responsibilities have expanded beyond their traditional finance and accounting functions to include strategic planning, mergers, takeover defense, financing international trade and facilities expansion, and corporate restructuring. As a result of rapid changes in and globalization of the business environment, careers in managerial finance are more intellectually challenging than ever before. Many of the positions described below are part of a firm’s treasury function . 10-Nov-11 9 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 1:

CAREER PATH 1 Capital Budgeting Analyst/Manager** The capital budgeting analyst/manager is responsible for the evaluation and selection of proposed projects and for the allocation of funds for these projects. In the evaluation process, the analyst compiles relevant data and makes cash flow projections about proposed projects. The analyst evaluates the projects acceptability based on the firm’s asset structure. Upon selection of acceptable projects, the analyst/manager oversees the financial aspects of the implementation of the projects. This job sometimes includes analyzing and arranging the necessary financing. 10-Nov-11 10 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 1:

CAREER PATH 1 Cash Manager** The cash manager is responsible for maintaining and controlling the daily cash balances of the firm. In a large company this may involve managing foreign currency risk and coordinating national or international banking relationships, compensating balances, lockbox arrangements, and cash transfers. An understanding of the business and cash cycles of the firm is essential in projecting the firm’s daily cash surplus or deficit. The cash manager is responsible for investing surplus funds in short-term marketable securities or, in the case of a deficit, arranging necessary short-term financing through trade credit, bank notes, accounts receivable or inventory, commercial paper, or other sources. 10-Nov-11 11 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 1:

CAREER PATH 1 Credit Manager* The credit manager administers the firm’s credit policy by analyzing or managing two basic activities: The evaluation of credit applications and the collection of accounts receivable. Routine duties involve analyzing the financial condition of applicants, checking credit histories, and determining the appropriate amount of credit and credit terms to offer. The manager also supervises the collection of current and past due accounts receivable. This job requires knowledge of the customer and ability to analyze accounting statements. 10-Nov-11 12 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 1:

CAREER PATH 1 Financial Analyst* A financial analyst may be responsible for a variety of financial tasks. Primarily, the analyst is involved in preparing and analyzing the firm’s financial plans and budgets. This function requires a close working relationship with the accounting department. Other duties may include financial forecasting, assisting in preparation of pro forma statements, and analyzing other aspects of the firm such as its liquidity, short term borrowing, fixed assets, and capital structure. The degree of specialization of the analyst’s duties is generally dependent upon the size of the firm. Larger firms tend to have specialized analysts, whereas smaller firms assign the analyst a number of areas of responsibility. 10-Nov-11 13 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 1:

CAREER PATH 1 Treasurer** Duties involve supervision of the Treasury department which is involved in financial planning, raising funds, cash management and acquiring and disposing of assets. This is an upper management job which requires both analytical skill and the ability to manage and motivate people. Benefits Officer* Duties involve managing pension fund assets, setting up employee retirement plans, determining health care benefits policies and working with human resources to set up cost-effective employee benefits. This job requires a combination of finance knowledge, knowledge of human resources management and understanding of organizational behavior. 10-Nov-11 14 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 1:

CAREER PATH 1 Pension Fund Manager** The pension fund manager is responsible for coordinating the assets and liabilities of the pension fund. A few very large companies have in-house staff to invest their pension fund assets. Most, however, utilize outside money managers. The pension fund manager develops overall investment strategies to meet the actuarial needs of the fund, analyzes economic conditions and financial market trends, allocates funds among the asset types (bonds, equities, real estate), and selects and monitors the performance of investment managers. 10-Nov-11 15 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 1:

CAREER PATH 1 Project Finance Manager** The project finance manager position generally exists only at the largest firms. Responsibilities include arranging financing for capital expenditures that meet the firm’s capital-structure objectives. The manager of project finance coordinates the activities of consultants, investment bankers, and legal counsel. An essential skill of this manager is the ability to evaluate and forecast financial market conditions and to assess their impact on future project financing. 10-Nov-11 16 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 1:

CAREER PATH 1 Property Manager [Corporate]** A property manager is responsible for maximum utilization of the real estate owned or leased by a company. He or she will determine whether surplus or under utilized property should be developed, expanded, upgraded, or sold. Requirements for new office, manufacturing, or warehouse space will be arranged by the property manager, who will lease, develop, or acquire the additional space. The property managers position has become increasingly important in recent years and is now found at most companies with sales over Rs5000 million. 10-Nov-11 17 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 2:

CAREER PATH 2 FINANCIAL SERVICES The financial services industry is the fastest-growing area in finance. It offers career opportunities in banking, securities, real estate, and insurance. Most of the jobs in the financial services industry can be obtained by qualified candidates upon graduation from college. To be successful in financial services, the graduate must understand the key aspects of financial products and services and also be able to sell them to a wide range of customers. The majority of entry-level positions in this career path are sales-oriented. 10-Nov-11 18 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 2:

CAREER PATH 2 BANKING The outlook for future employment in the banking industry seems favorable over the next decade. Banks are hiring graduates with degrees in finance or accounting with a marketing emphasis as well as finance graduates with a technical background in management information systems and computers. Many banks have management-training programs that provide the entry-level trainee with experience in commercial lending, operations, and retail banking. Bank-trainee positions rank among the top entry-level jobs in terms of ultimate salary potential and the number of openings expected in the coming decade. 10-Nov-11 19 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 2:

CAREER PATH 2 Loan Officer** A loan officer evaluates the credit of personal and business loan applicants. Loan officers may specialize in commercial, consumer, or real estate loans. The commercial loan officer develops and monitors the credit relationship between the business customer and the bank. Responsibilities include evaluation of the credit worthiness of the business, negotiating credit terms, monitoring the firms financial condition, cross-selling the banks other corporate services, and acting as a financial adviser to individuals and small firms. 10-Nov-11 20 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 2:

CAREER PATH 2 Credit Analyst* This is a common entry level job which requires the credit analyst to evaluate business and consumer loan applications made to the bank. The analyst’s duties include projecting a company’s future cash flows, evaluating its current financial soundness, visiting and interacting with financial people at businesses and dealing with lenders. He or she will learn a lot about business in this job. Success in this job will depend on one’s orientation towards detail, knowledge of accounting and the ability to communicate. 10-Nov-11 21 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 2:

CAREER PATH 2 Trust Officer** Trust officers manage portfolios of investments for individuals, foundations, institutions, and corporate pension and profit-sharing plans. The trust officer and his or her staff research, analyze, and monitor both currently held and potential investment vehicles for retention or inclusion in the portfolios they manage. 10-Nov-11 22 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 2:

CAREER PATH 2 Branch Manager** The branch manager would be responsible for overseeing all activities at the bank’s branch office, including opening new accounts, loan origination, solving customer problems, foreign exchange and safe deposit boxes. The branch manager supervises the programs offered by the bank to its customers – installment loans, mortgages, checking, savings, retirement accounts, and other financial products. 10-Nov-11 23 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 2:

CAREER PATH 2 Branch Manager**-cont Most importantly, the branch manager is responsible for establishing relations with customers. This job can be very satisfying, is never boring and requires one to be hands-on. This is one of the fastest growing areas in the banking industry. Many bank managers start as tellers or customer service representatives. Key things to have for this position are customer service skills, empathy, quantitative ability, strong work ethic, organization and a solid understanding of banking. One can move up to be a market manager and oversee branches in a market. 10-Nov-11 24 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 2:

CAREER PATH 2 SECURITIES The securities industry has experienced many changes in recent years due to mergers among brokerage and investment banking firms. Although the growth of employment opportunities is not expected to be as large as in the mid-to-late 1980s, there are still many positions available for finance graduates. 10-Nov-11 25 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 2:

CAREER PATH 2 Financial Planner* The financial planning industry has grown rapidly in recent years as more people seek professional advice on managing their personal finances. The planner advisers the client on budgeting, securities, insurance, real estate, taxes, retirement, and estate planning and then devises a comprehensive financial plan to meet the clients objectives. There are two major certification programs for financial planners, each requiring approximately two years of study and several examinations: the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) credential of the International Board of Certified Financial Planners, and the Consultant ( ChFC ) credential of The American College. 10-Nov-11 26 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 2:

CAREER PATH 2 Investment Banker** An investment banker acts as a middleman between issuers and buyers of newly issued stocks and bonds. Generally, the investment banker purchases the security issue and then markets it to the public (underwriting). Advising clients about the various financing strategies available to the firm and developing new financing vehicles are important aspects of an investment banker’s role. Considerable experience and expertise are necessary to land a job in a Wall Street investment banking firm, but many consider the reward worth the effort. 10-Nov-11 27 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 2:

CAREER PATH 2 Securities Analyst** Securities analysts are the financial experts on Wall Street who study stocks and bonds, usually in specific industries. They are specialists with respect to a particular firm or industry and understand the economic impact of changes in the competitive, financial, and foreign markets on that firm or industry. They are employed by and act as advisers to securities firms and their customers, fund managers, and insurance companies. 10-Nov-11 28 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 2:

CAREER PATH 2 Stockbroker* Stockbrokers or account executives act as agents for people who wish to buy and sell securities. They provide advice to customers on financial matters, supplying the latest stock and bond quotations and latest analyst reports, and responding to customer inquiries. In addition to knowledge of financial analysis and investments, good sales and interpersonal skills are critical for success in this field. Stockbrokers are usually hired by brokerage firms, investment banks, mutual funds, and insurance companies. Job opportunities for brokers are also emerging in traditional financial institutions such as banks and savings and loans. Most brokerage firms offer a training program at the entry level that prepares the stockbroker for the required standardized licensing examinations. 10-Nov-11 29 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 2:

CAREER PATH 2 INSURANCE Insurance companies have begun offering more sophisticated financial products, and many consider their agents to be financial planners, providing advice on a broad range of products. Most major insurance companies have comprehensive training programs and require continuing education to keep abreast of new products. 10-Nov-11 30 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 2:

CAREER PATH 2 Insurance Agent*/Broker* Insurance agents and brokers develop programs to fit customers’’ needs, interview insurance prospects, help with claims and settlements, and collect premiums. An agent is usually employed by a single insurance company, whereas a broker is independent and represents no particular company but can sell policies from many insurance companies. 10-Nov-11 31 M.BASHYAKAR

CAREER PATH 2:

CAREER PATH 2 Risk Manager** A risk manager is employed by an organization to help identify the risks that it faces and to make recommendations for dealing with these risks. The recommendations may include the purchase of insurance, adoption of precautionary measures and presentations to upper management. Risk managers are involved in the management of employee benefit plans. Valuable skills include knowledge of the insurance industry and of business practice as well as skill in making presentations to upper management. 10-Nov-11 32 M.BASHYAKAR

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