Career Advice – How to Secure a job in Finance

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Looking for Career Advice – How to Secure a job in Finance? Then you’ve come to the right place. Securing a job in finance isn’t as hard as you think. Our steps make it so easy, you’ll have your dream job in no time. 

Steps to Getting a Job in Finance

Most careers in finance do require you to have a matric certificate. So that will be your first step. No matric? No worries. We offer Adult Matric Courses and Matric Upgrade Courses that you can study. Once you have your certificate, the next steps will come easy. 

Studying – Gaining Knowledge 

Furthering your education allows you to gain skills needed for this industry. This ultimately increases your chances of being hired for the job. But you don’t have to give up years of your life to get a qualification. Our distance learning courses can be done within three years. 

ICB Courses: There are three sets of ICB courses available. Financial Accounting, Business Management and Office Administration. Both of which are accredited and don’t require a matric certificate to get started. 

CIMA Courses: Our CIMA courses are made up of four courses. All can be done via distance learning and don’t require you to have matric. It is important to note that all CIMA courses are accredited. 

ICB and CIMA courses are done in partnership with Skills Academy. 

Interning – Building a PoE 

A PoE or Portfolio of Evidence is a compilation of your work. It will include your tests, assignments and exams. There are many tutorials available that show you how to build your PoE. 

Customise Your CV 

Is your CV finance driven? This is where many candidates go wrong. Your CV should tell the hiring manager why you are the best candidate for the job. Achieve this by customising your CV and highlighting the skills you have. 

Ace the Interview

You may have the skills and the qualifications but if you don’t ace the interview, it’s all for nothing. Go into an interview prepared. You should do research on the company, the position you applied for and basic finance facts. 

Breaking Into Finance Without Experience

Not having experience can be the biggest disadvantage when it comes to applying for a job. But luckily for you, we have tips on how you can break into the finance industry without experience. Give our alternatives a look. 

Short Course 

You may have a degree in finance but no experience. Increase your chances of being hired with a short course. With this you are able to keep your knowledge updated and fresh. We offer Finance short courses that you can do while job hunting. 

Learnerships 

Earning money shouldn’t be your first priority. That’s why you should consider applying for learnerships. You will be able to gain first-hand experience of the day-to-day operations of the finance industry. 

Volunteering 

Watching TV in your spare time is all good and well, but what do you gain from it? By volunteering for NGOs (Non-governmental organisation)  in your free time, you gain invaluable experience, knowledge and skills. Everything you need for a hiring manager to give you an opportunity. 

Does Finance Offer Job Security? 

Answering this question can be tricky because it isn’t as clear as black and white. No job really offers you security even if it is in-demand. However, with that being said, there are perks to working for the South African government. One being that they hardly ever retrench or fire employees. 

Top 5 Finance Interview Questions 

Preparing for an interview can be nerve wrecking. But with these top five finance interview questions, you can relax a little. The following questions are most likely to be asked in an interview. They might not be asked the exact same way but take a look at the keywords. 

  1. Define the meaning of goodwill.
  2. What does the term working capital mean? 
  3. Define debentures
  4. What is the meaning and purpose of a deferred tax liability?
  5. Define hedging and preference capital.

Can I Have a Career in Finance Without Matric? 

Yes, you can. Having a matric certificate might be important but it’s not the end of the world. If you really want one, make use of our matric resources. But if you are ready to jump into the working environment, enrol in one of our finance short courses that don’t require matric. 

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