What does it take to become a financial analyst from a non-finance background?
July 10, 2006 8:38 AM Subscribe
I'm currently in a career dilemma, debating myselfe whether I should continue doing what I do as a data analyst (in sales analytics) or start a new career as a financial analyst (FA) after taking some necessary classes or training. One of my motivations is that FA gets paid more than data analyst, very easily, and FA deals with cross-department data and plays a much bigger, visible role in terms of decision advising and/or making. I did very well in accounting, finance, and economics when I was in the business school and still have clear understanding of the concepts. However, I don't have experience or proper training in financial analysis. Will an online course like this one financial analysis gear me up in a short time? If not, whatelse shall I do to get myself ready besides taking classes from a university? My other question is: How likely will companies hire someone like me with strong background in data analysis but none from financial perspective? If you have any experience, thought or input, please share it with me. Thank you so much.