To me, the most important skills are critical thinking and communication. You have to be able to analyze the data and present your findings in a comprehensible way to leadership. The presentation of data can be just as important as the numbers themselves. Good luck!
Finally, with the digital advancement, a skill in the basics of Machine Learning, Big Data would be helpful.
To break into the Finance industry I would recommend taking a financial modeling course to become well versed in the area. If this is not available then I would become proficient in excel through studying on your own. Additionally, it is important to have strong communication skills and ability to put together presentation decks.
Whether you want to be in the back office working internally or in the front office working with clients the most important tip I can give you to break into finance would be to Network.
Networking is critical in finance as your reputation can carry more weight than your degree after so many years post graduation. Networking can provide you with different avenues of finance you never knew about and teach you more about areas you are interested in. At the end of the day you want a job in an area you want to be in and networking, a college degree with a solid GPA (whether it is at a target school or not), and experience will land you where you want.
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There are several skills that will be important if you decide to pursue a career in Finance. Here are some basic skills then I would recommend to see what interest you and work with a Professional or Counselor to gain more insight. It would be advantageous if you could gain some experience by volunteering or apply for an internship or gain work experience.
Important skills include Accounting, Interpersonal and communication skills, Networking, Problem solving skills, Analytics, and the ability to understand and work numerically to draw conclusions.
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I think you have a lot of really great suggestions here. A couple of other skills that might seem a bit surprising is basic computer programming and risk management. You don't need to be fluent in computer programming but having knowledge of the basics will make you a sought after candidate. Also risk management is a hot button topic right now and part of every industry. Understanding and being able to identify risk is a great skill to have and will set you above the other candidates for a position.
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This is a great question. I think having a keen interest and understanding of how financial markets work would be a good starting point. This will help you identify which areas you will be interested in exploring further. From there, I think any financial career involves math and numbers, so being able to work with lots of data and information is important. I would also be good with technology and softwares, as there are a few core ones, but new technology comes out rapidly. You want to be able to grasp and quickly adjust to new software. Relationships may be a bit understated in terms of job description, but I believe having great relationships and soft skills will help you communicate effectively. I hope some of these tips help, good luck!
Background - 4 year degree in Accounting or Finance at a minimum, likely want to consider an MBA as well nowadays and potentially a certification depending on the type of role you're thinking of
I feel the most important skills to break into finance are a basic understanding of accounting and how the financial statements link to one another. In addition, the most important skill(s) in my opinion are time management and communication.