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Target Career as Analyst in Banking / Finance / FMCG / Retail Industry
posted on Wednesday, 19 May 2010 18:13

Dear Career Doctor,

I have an engineering degree on industrial engineer and now studying postgraduate diploma of profession accounting for the preparation of joining the QP examination, at the same time also studying MBA programme to gain knowledge on business and accounting.

I am now working in a trading company as a business analyst for 2 years and already worked in a similar job nature in a manufacturing company for 3 years.

I would like to be the financial analyst, strategic analyst or business analyst in FMCG/retail or banking/finance field due to these 2 field are more interesting and with better prospect than trading/manufacturing field.

Please kindly advise on the following:

1/ What things I should do to have a higher chances to be recruited by bank / finance company as a financial / strategic / business analyst?

2/ What things I should do to have a higher chances to be recruited by FMGC / retail company as a financial / strategic / business analyst?

3/ What do you think about if I continue to work in a trading / manufacturing company as business analyst and any good future prospect for the development in the long run?

Thanks so much for your kindly help and advance and look forward to seeing your advise soon.

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Anonymous's picture
Posted Wednesday, 02 June 2010 10:25 AM

It's almost impossible to get into banks with your age, unless you have buddies working as senior posts in ibanks to recruit you.

You still have chance to get into FMCG/retail, CFA will be a good choice.

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Posted Friday, 28 May 2010 10:21 AM

I must say I'm more than impressed! Take a look at the two replies, perhaps there's not much left for me to say.

How can you rate an industry or a job's prospect? Interesting or not – in what sense? Hearsay? Or is it the "better pay" you're after? If so, how do you know it's better? Again, is it hearsay?

Whatever qualifications surely cannot be seen or used as a means to get yourself a dream job, it never works that way. If that's the reason why you've been studying hard, not long you'll find yourself grieving and resenting.

Come on, for an analyst role as a start it’s simply data mining, nothing sophisticated, nor fancy!

I couldn't help but wonder why, why do you want banking 1st and then FMCG 2nd, and if not, stay where you are. What's your rationale behind this? You haven't mention what exactly is that you want and like, so what is it then? You sounded like as if you're trying to bargain for something with what you've got on hand, want to know how much you've got is worth, and perhaps sell it at the best price you think you deserve?

It's not going to work this way, you're so confused, that you're confusing us too. What is that you really like to do? Who is that you really want yourself to be? Spend some time listening to what your heart says, follow your own intuition, find your direction and you’ll be able to walk your way out!

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Posted Wednesday, 26 May 2010 11:18 AM

AICPA will be better than QP.

What kind of financial analyst in banks? There are lots of analysts in banks (actually, all new grad recruits are analysts).

Are you willing to take graduate pay with banks with > 5 years experience?

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Posted Friday, 21 May 2010 11:27 PM

I think you are very hardworking which really is worth our appreciation.

You say financial analyst/strategic analyst is more interesting and better prospect. How do you know that? Do you know what they are doing and the requirements of the posts? I really don't know why so many people in HK want to be financial analyst without knowing what it is. It is not just as simple as playing in the stock market with your own money.

Answers to your questions.

1. Worship. You need to be lucky. As you know, HK company always wants experienced guys. They want the staff to be placed in the position and work immediately.

2. Internal transfer. The biggest chance of you is transferring to the vacancy in your existing company internally.

3. Sorry. I have no idea about your business and industry. I think you will have more information than anyone else.

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