Benefits of Continuing Education in Financial Analysis

by Richard C. Wilson on June 27, 2011

There are many benefits to continuing your education in the field of financial analysis. Whether you are already a financial analyst or just starting out in the field, continuing education can mean the difference between getting that next job or promotion or not.

There are various ways to pursue continuing education in your field. You can return to school and get a formal degree or you can consider a certification in the financial analyst field. There are many schools, both online and on campus, that offer both traditional degree programs as well as certification programs.

A certification in the field of financial analysis can be very beneficial. When applying for a job or promotion within your field, having a certification that other applicants do not have can put you ahead of the other being considered. In addition, it shows your commitment to your field to continue learning and keeping up with the latest trends within your field.

Attaining a Master’s degree can also make your resume stand out. However, a formal degree is not always necessary. In the field of financial analysis, a certification can be just as valuable as a formal degree, so you will need to research and decide which the best choice is for you and your continuing education venture.

If you are undecided as to which path is best for your career advancement, a mentor or supervisor can be an excellent resource in helping make your decision. But no matter whether you choose a class or two at a local college or a financial analyst certification or degree, continuing to stay ahead in your field and know about the latest trends and innovations in financial analysis can really put you ahead when you try for your next promotion or job.

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