The best way to get financial analyst experience is by starting with in internship in university, then leveraging that to get a full time offer at a bank or operating company. If you’re not able to follow that path, another option is to become an accountant and transfer into financial services later. Finally, if none of the above work, you could get something that resembles financial analyst experience by completing a practical online certification like the Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA) program.
Below is a break down of subject weightings in the FMVA™ financial analyst program. As you can see there is a heavy focus on financial modeling, finance, Excel, business valuation, budgeting/forecasting, PowerPoint presentations, accounting and business strategy.
A well rounded financial analyst possesses all of the above skills!
CFI is the global institution behind the financial modeling and valuation analyst FMVA Designation. CFI is on a mission to enable anyone to be a great financial analyst and have a great career path. In order to help you advance your career, CFI has compiled many resources to assist you along the path.
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