Bank on skills for success
FIVE key skills are what finance professionals need for a long-term, successful career, says recruiting experts Hays.
TECHNICAL SKILLS ‘‘ Finance professionals need to be finance experts,’’ says Hays group finance director Paul Venables.
‘‘ You need good accounting knowledge in order to know that records are accurate. You also need good financial analysis skills to interpret data.’’
BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE ‘‘ There’s no point having good technical skills if you don’t understand their importance in the business world,’’ he says.
‘‘ You can attain these skills by getting involved in your own business and reading financial media every day to get a good business understanding in a world context.’’
STAFF DEVELOPMENT ‘‘ Understand how vital your people are,’’ Venables says.
‘‘ All team members should be a representative for you. You want them to be able to walk into a meeting and show how good they are, which will reflect positively on you.’’
COMMUNICATION ‘‘ This doesn’t just mean the ability to make a presentation. It also refers to your ability to influence others,’’ he says.
‘‘ If you’ve got 30 seconds with the MD, you need to be able to communicate the three or four key messages you need to get across simply so it can be understood.’’
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE ‘‘ With these first four skills you can have a great career but if you want to reach the top, increasingly international experience is important,’’ Venables says.
‘‘ You do not necessarily need to complete a secondment. Perhaps you could work in the Asian or European part of the business or get involved with projects that are abroad.’’