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Financial Services professionals are people who do for business, what most of us have to do for ourselves: keep track of money. Just as individuals have to plan for expenses, and figure out how to live on the revenue coming in, so do corporations and government. Providing financial services requires training, skill, and an ability to be unemotional about business. The world counts upon the people who “do the numbers” to provide clear, objective information. At the top of the ladder, are financial managers, who develop strategies for companies based on information from various people who work in financial services. Entry-level positions in this field include bookkeepers, who maintain records of cash flow, expenses, and other financial information. Depending on the level of job you aspire to, you’ll probably need training that can range from business courses at a community college, to advanced degrees from a university. Certain specialties in this field require certification—for example, if you want to get involved in the stock market as a brokerage clerk, you’ll need to pass a licensing exam. In fact, each industry that uses financial services has its own set of requirements, and body of knowledge to learn. Insurance, banking, tax preparation are just three of the areas of specialization you might want to consider. Some people make the choice of industry first—others learn a skill, such as accounting, and find their way to a specialty as specific job openings lead them into a career path. Often, companies recruit employees from among students at a vocational school, college or university. Most of these jobs entail working a fairly standard, forty-hour week—though there might be extra hours when special reporting is due, at tax time, or for share-holder meetings. You need to be comfortable working in an office setting, and interacting with colleagues or clients. People in financial services often are called upon to explain complex matters in simple terms, so communications skills are important. A career in financial services probably means you’ll spend a lot of time at a desk. But the work might take you all over the world. In an increasingly global economy, opportunities in financial services will exist everywhere from the small business across the street…to a multi-national corporation across the ocean.

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