by ACCA affiliate blogger Rizwan Khanani
Looking for a job? Have some time to spare? Well, use it well! But how?
After wasting hundreds of precious hours, I have come to understand just how important time is and just how scarce a resource it really is.
Well, better late than never, I have realised some things every young finance professional should do whenever he/she can find the time.
- Learn Microsoft Excel
Make sure to gain a good understanding of MS Excel as it is your primary weapon in the field of finance and accountancy. Please don’t procrastinate like I did… I thought it was pretty simple and that I would grasp it once I secured a job or internship.Trust me, Excel is an amazing tool that will make your work life much more efficient. If you are not yet proficient, attend an Excel course, and supplement what you learn with some great tutorials that are available online.
- Watch financial scandal documentaries
During our academic lives, we come across names like ‘Enron’, ‘Bernie Madoff’ and ‘Lehman Brothers’. We only get to hear about the frauds that have been committed, but do we ever know the full story? If you can spare a few hours, try and watch documentaries like ‘Smartest guys in the room’ (Enron), ‘Too big to fail’ (Lehman), ‘The next financial crisis’ (US economy crisis), which all explain in great detail the events that led to these huge corporate failures.
This can be for any business graduate or even a science graduate who is willing to invest time in their personal growth and expand their views on things, events and people. Some books I would personally recommend for this purpose are:
– Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
– Who Moved my Cheese?
– One Minute Manager
– Communicate to Win
- Look for an internship or a part-time job
Real life experience beats everything. There is no substitute for it. Even if the job is not relevant, if you are a new graduate, you have much to learn and the corporate world has much to teach you.
- Pursue your interests
It’s a dream come true if you have a job that you enjoy doing. But what about your free time? If you are an affiliate or have just completed your exams, why not take some classes for that hobby or interest that you have always wanted to pursue, but maybe have had to put off while studying? It can be anything – rock climbing, music, sketching, public speaking, painting, martial arts, literature, writing… whatever.
- Learn a second language
This may not be for everyone but, for most of us, learning a second language can be a huge advantage if you plan to work at a multi-national corporation or want to move overseas.
Have fun utilising your free time in the most efficient manner!