Amid the financial turbulence, making sense of challenges and opportunities through various education channels is one way finance professionals can improve their competitive edge.
Eunice Ng, director at Avanza Consulting for Asia Pacific, recommends that employees who have lost their job or are looking to boost their career options should strive to gain soft-skills and academic knowledge. “Those who take the time to qualify as an accountant or chartered financial analyst will give themselves a competitive advantage over those without similar recognised qualifications,” says Ng.
According to the Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts (HKSFA), the fallout from the global financial crisis and the sovereign debt woes in Europe present new challenges for its members. At the same time, China’s continuing internationalisation of its renminbi and Hong Kong’s status as a hub for yuan trading have also created new opportunities.