Don’t Do These Things – Financial Analysis Career Blunders

by Richard C. Wilson on October 19, 2012

Being a professional in the field of financial analysis brings with it many important decisions.  One of the most important decisions you will make is how to handle yourself in your career. In financial analysis, professionalism is a key to success. Keeping in mind some of these career blunders can help you stay focused on the right path to financial analysis success.

Don’t Do These Things:

Be reactive – You will have lots of decision to make on a daily basis in financial analysis. Being reactive instead of proactive can cause you all kinds of trouble. Being reactive can be a quick way to find yourself without a plan and possibly without a job.

Get too comfortable – Getting too comfortable with your job can find you on the street looking for a new financial analysis job.  When you get too comfortable with your job, you become apathetic, meaning you are no longer full of the energy and ideas that you probably once brought to the table. In financial analysis, it is important to stay on top of your game, update your skills, and try new things. If you get too comfortable, you are likely to keep sliding by with what has worked in the past and this is not the best way to succeed and move your career forward.

Make irrational decisions – Don’t make an emotional decision. Hasty decisions are often the decisions that you will regret later. When making professional decisions in the workplace, it is important to leave your emotions behind and think out the situation rationally.

Wing it – Winging it isn’t exactly the best plan of action for a stellar showing at work. As a financial analysis professional, you will want to show that you have a plan and can take on any job professionally. We all have our moments of unpreparedness, where we are blindsided by a presentation or a last minute brief; however, when possible, being prepared is the best plan.

Whether you have been working in the field for many years, or just starting out, it is imperative to be aware of these career blunders and don’t do these things. Being aware, and avoiding these pitfalls, can help you succeed in the financial analysis field.

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