I am finding that in my career in Project Management, that it’s all about the bottom line. The numbers!
Managers want to know the numbers and they expect professionals to be able to provide the numbers and understand what it means and how it impacts the business.
In my career awareness, I am beginning my journey in researching ways to get Financial Education. I believe this will be a valuable asset for me to have this knowledge under my belt and better equip me to solve today’s business problems. In addition, whether I was good at math or not, numbers have always been of interest to me. I naturally gravitate towards running my own numbers and coming up with ways to save, better ways to spend, and earn additional income too.
So… my research begins. I am in the early phases… so I did what most people do when they want to learn something quickly… I simply Googled it! I searched: “How to get Financial Experience”. I found several links, but these two in particular caught my eye:
As, I mentioned previously, this is just a “start” in the right direction. I am getting started on my way to learning about Finance and I will take the necessary steps to get educated. That could take me in a number of directions… of hand it could lead to:
- Taking Financial Courses (online and/or onsite) – I will start out taking the FREE ones first. I need the background and general information first before deep diving in expense courses.
- Getting an MBA or EMBA in Corporate Finance – this is an option for down the line… you never know… the company may help pay for this. (hmmmm)
- Watching Free YouTube Videos to learn the basics & learn Financial lingo – of course!
- Learn the tools that Financial Analysts use to be successful (ie: MS Excel – learn how they use it to analyze the numbers)
- Reading Finance articles, talking to people in Finance with an extensive background…
- Reviewing Financial Careers – to learn business expectations for someone with a financial background… so I can add value in my current position.
- Having general conversations with my manager about what I am interested in doing to further add value to the company – tell them that I am not trying to leave the firm, but to become more of an asset to the organization. I realize that having a financial background would be highly beneficial in my role and as I grow in my career.
I am also deciding to share this journey with my network of followers in social media land. In hopes that they aren’t too shy to provide input. I am happy to take any advice or mentoring from anyone who is highly successful, knowledge, and will be patient with me as I learn Finance.