The world of banking is a hot-spot for recent graduates interested in hatching a top career.
The industry has diverse career offerings, but making your way will call for a pivotal combination of hard and soft skills
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Here are four important skills and traits that employers look for in a prospective employee. These qualities aren’t just a career-hatching asset – they’ll also ensure your continued success as a new professional.
Banking requires a high level of finance and industry knowledge.
Banking, particularly in Canada, has evolved quite rapidly, offering an impressive range of products and services.
Successful banking professionals will need to be intimately familiar with the regulations that govern banking in Canada.
Moreover, aspiring individuals should not limit their knowledge base to the banking industry. Just as banking is vital to the economy, so too is the economy vital to banking.
Aspiring banking professionals should build their knowledge base in all aspects related to banking, banking regulation, finance and the economy.
As mentioned, the banking system in Canada continues to evolve, which means banking regulations do as well. Banking professionals are expected not only to have a sound knowledge base, but being constantly aware of new changes within the industry, as well as the regulations.
Analytical thinking and entrepreneurial spirit
The banking industry is primarily concerned with risk management.
Successful banking professionals excel at managing risk precisely because of their analytical rigour. Banking requires incredibly strong lateral and analytical thinking.
Like consultants, banking professionals are valued for the ability to think outside the box, solve problems, and predict and avert problems that have not yet materialized.
To this end, banking requires not only an ability to remain incredibly sharp, but learn quickly and grasp new concepts with ease.
This level of analytical rigour naturally lends itself to intellectual curiosity as well as innovation.
The most successful banking analysts not only complete their own work objectives, but also take a broad interest in the work of their colleagues, and how different work loads contribute under an umbrella project.
Successful professionals in the banking sector fervently ask questions not only as a means to demonstrate nuanced approach to work objectives and unwillingness to cut corners, but also to identify new methods and efficiencies that streamline processes.
Resilience in high-pressure environments
Central to success in any banking position is resilience when working independently, and especially navigating high pressures when working collaboratively.
Successful banking professionals are notably resilient in their ability to work independently in high-pressure environments that have demanding objectives, stringent and changing deadlines and a variety of new information appearing at a moment’s notice.
Furthermore, the work of banking professionals is certainly not independent.
As you build your banking career, you’ll need to be able to work well in team environments where others are striving to support you and deliver quality results in a timely fashion.
That means being professional and diplomatic – when it really counts.
Succeeding in banking means predicting emerging changes and envisioning solutions. This skill is useful in any industry, and particularly in the field of banking.
You’ll need to be aware of how the banking industry is changing, but it’s equally important to be familiar with how emerging industries will influence the world of banking.
Technological advancements in the past decade have revolutionized both investment and retail banking. The rise of internet and mobile banking has allowed customers to do their banking at home or on-the-go – without having step into their bank branch.
Keeping up in this environment means that successful banking professionals are technologically savvy, and in-tune with emerging technological advancements that can shape banking
A bank can only implement the latest technology with strong-in house expertise, and technology-literate staff are a big part of that progress.
For banking and other financial professionals, the ability to hold a global outlook is imperative to success.The best in the banking industry are looking ahead to an increasingly globalized future, and are preparing for it in diverse ways – building language competencies, international work experience and more.