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Do you have any advice on being more strict to be more equipped to work in Finance?

How do I become more strict in the working area. When working in Finance how does strictness contribute to the work ethic. What information do I need.

Thank you comment icon Hi Brodi, can you give more details on what you mean when you say "strict"? Do you mean disciplined? Gurpreet Lally, Admin
Thank you comment icon Shonda and Kimberly got it right in both the personal and professional fields. Being strict helps you to be discipline and be the best you can be. It helps you to have good work ethic in everything you do! carolina Mercado

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Kimberly’s Answer

Brodi,

As far as the use of the word "strict" I think you mean what Gurpreet suggested was "disciplined". I have been in a finance/accounting roll for over 15 years. In my experience, developing weekly habits in discipline for productivity is what I classify as being well-equipped for a career in finance. Below I will include a quick list of what you might need to be better equipped to be productive and sought after as a finance professional.

Definition of a good work ethic:
1. An employee that is ready and able to always learn.
2. Be sure to give 100% of your attention and time while working on project.
3. Be a self-starter with a task list that is concise and prioritized by daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly tasks.
4. Create patterns in office or in a remote setting so co-workers know when you are available for certain tasks.
5. Use your technology to the max!
-task lists, reminders, calendar notifications (even for personal work time), flags, folders, etc.

Finally, last but not least, prioritize re-set periods that are quiet times for you to work through your lists and tasks to see where you are and where you need to be for the next day's/week's tasks coming.

Kimberly recommends the following next steps:

Prioritize your workspace in a clean, organized fashion. Digital filing is just as important as paper filing (use) to be.
Take a few classes on finance prioritization and management for certification purposes to grow the resume.
Plan professional development meetings with a finance professor/mentor. Never underestimate the power of knowledge.
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Shonda’s Answer

Hi Brodi!

Kimberly gave some great advice on professional development. I want to advise you on a personal level:

People who work in finance are usually hired only after passing stringent background checks, which will typically include your credit score.

If you aren't doing so already, I strongly advise using a budgeting app to help you monitor your spending. Also, some online courses on investing and wealth management could give you some preparation for the future.

Wishing you all the best in your endeavors!

Shonda recommends the following next steps:

Review your credit score regularly.
Save as much as possible. I grew up very impoverished, but I was advised as a child to save ten cents out of every dollar I received or earned. That was a good start.
Be very careful of sharing personal information online that could be used by scammers to access your financial accounts.
Thank you comment icon Shonda, Great advice and addon to the list! Kimberly Stambaugh
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