Making the right choice
There are a number of things you’ll need to consider, from your own marketability and aspirations, to the long-term possibilities that different career paths might open up for you.
Regardless of the pace or shape of the economy, one thing is certain: the contribution that a talented finance professional makes to an organisation has never been so highly valued or universally acclaimed.
The CEOs, CFOs and heads of HR who recruit finance professionals through Hays, tell us that their priority is to identify finance professionals who can apply their technical expertise, business awareness and communication skills to:
•Support strategic decision making
•Reinforce growth and profitability
•Identify new revenue streams
•Implement major transformations
•Assess and mitigate risk
That’s good news for you. But to arrive at the decisions that are best for your career – those which will deliver both immediate and lasting benefits – it’s crucial to equip yourself with accurate, up-to-date market intelligence.
You might be asking yourself...
1. How would the work I’d carry out in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and medium-sized businesses (MSBs) contrast with those I could expect in large companies and multinationals?
2. What are the benefits of considering an internal auditing role rather than a position within finance?
3. Is switching from professional services into commerce and industry as soon as possible the best way to achieve my objectives, or should I be thinking of staying and specialising?
4. What can public sector or not-for-profit organisations offer me in a climate of sustained spending cuts? How can I turn those opportunities to my advantage?
5. What are my chances of using my qualification to work abroad? How will that make me more marketable to employers when I return?