Bank on skills for suc­cess

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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.’’

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