Finance is the study of allocation of assets and capital of an investor or a company and then ensuring good return on investment by managing the risk along with time value of money. But without a deep and proper understanding of finance one cannot become a good financial expert as there are many verticals associated with it. Along with taking care of company’s fundamentals to make industry, sector and business recommendation, a financial analyst researches both the macroeconomic and microeconomic conditions of the company. If you are an undergraduate who is considering financial analyst as a career then it is better to do some certification courses in finance. These courses are highly technical one and the candidate should have economics major as an undergraduate subject if not an MBA.
A certificate in financial analyst can provide an in-depth training in methods of analysis used by managers and financial analysts in a variety of settings that includes finance departments of investment companies, consulting and professional services firms, various financial institutions and finance departments within corporations. A certified financial analyst course is awarded to the students who complete the six required courses. In some institutions a certificate in finance degree can be earned concurrently with a bachelor’s degree course. In order to meet the requirement for the certificate, students take specific finance courses which can be awarded in conjunction with the bachelor’s degree.
At the baccalaureate level some of the prerequisite for the certification course are high school grade and SAT or ACT scores that are reviewed for admissions in the institutions that offer finance certificate programs. There are some subjects that are a must have for taking admissions such as math, economics and statistics, so that the completion of the programs must be planned for in the undergraduates and sophomore years. However, every finance course have a different structure and what may be a prerequisite course in one program can be an important part of the required curriculum in another. Focusing upon risk and financial assets, markets and banking regulations certificate programs in finance require a fundamental set of courses.
As the finance field requires a continuous update one has to keep watching financial TV channels and reading books. Finding a job in finance sector is dependent on the caliber of the person as there are many short term courses in finance after graduation that are available and can boost your career in finance. One of the first courses is CFP (Certified Financial Planner) which can be a part-time or full-time course. Second is PGCFV (Post Graduate Course in Financial Valuation) that is generally of 6 to 12 months depending on the mode of study and institute. Another one is PGCFR (Post Graduate Course in Financial Research) this is a post-graduate course in financial research that last for 6 to 12 months.