Making a Career in the Financial Services Sector

Change, is the only constant. We either keep up or become redundant, especially at the work place.Traditional roles overlap and job scopes become increasingly fluid. This shift from the nine-to-five job of the past to today’s mercurial world opens up many exciting challenges and possibilities for us all. Leaving school, college or University is no longer the end of formal education. Whether you want to upgrade your skills to get that much coveted promotion or want a new career, there is a course out there that will help you achieve your goals.

For example, for those working in an office environment, Accredited Financial Services Courses could be highly relevant. Before you begin trawling the internet, you need to first consider the type of college best suited to your lifestyle. Many traditional bricks and mortar educational institutes offer short courses or part-time courses for people who hold down jobs. The main disadvantage of these classes, usually held in the evenings or at weekends, is the lack of flexibility. Students have to shift their schedule to fit the classes into their lives. Not to mention the hassle of other options are distant learning (also called correspondence courses) and online learning courses. The huge advantage of these courses is its flexibility. Studying at one’s convenience and in the comfort of one’s own space is liberating.

This option requires self-discipline and good time management. For this reason, it is important that online courses have a buffer in their duration to allow a certain leeway in completing the course. Needless to say, a good computer is a must have for online learning. If this is a problem, the alternative is correspondence courses by snail mail. There is a wide array of online courses available. Business related courses are generally popular and one growth area is in Financial Services. Every business, no matter how big or small needs basic book-keepers and administrators to effectively run their business. With fully qualified book-keepers and payroll officers in Australia earning starting salaries of between fifty to sixty thousand dollars (2011 Hays Salary Guide), Financial Services Courses can be an excellent starting point for anyone looking into this as a career. Make your checks to ensure that you are looking at an accredited course. Unless you are studying for personal interest only, a recognised course is vital in the job market.

Other factors to look for are whether the college is reputable and is known for its quality course materials. It is important to get past and current student feedback. The satisfaction of graduates could indicate how helpful the course was to them once they had completed it. Finally, knowing who the tutors and assessors are and having access to your tutor throughout the course duration is essential. Tutors should be easily contactable for clarification and feedback. That is what stands a good college out from the rest.

By Suzana