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Steps to Take to Become a Successful Corporate Finance Analyst

An alumnus of Imperial College London, where she earned graduate degrees in both petroleum engineering and metal energy and finance, Edesiri Onatejiroghene Ibru is an experienced professional who has served in leadership roles for Oceanic Bank International and Destiny Dredgers International. Now working as a corporate finance analyst for Midwestern Oil and Gas Limited, Edesiri Onatejiroghene Ibru combines her extensive experience in the energy and oil industries with what she learned during her studies. To find success as a corporate finance analyst you should consider the following steps.

1. Understand that the role is different to that of many other financial professionals, as it is focused more on using the information you have to help senior management dictate the course your organization will take. In the majority of cases, you will be serving a company as an in-house advisor and must develop the reporting and presentation skills required to help management understand the information you provide to them.

2. Learn more about spreadsheet programs and how you can use them to automate tasks to save time. You will be spending a lot of time poring over spreadsheets, so take some time each week to experiment with different functions and consider how they could be used in your work. There are also numerous courses, many of which are online, that can help you develop your skills.

3. Find roles that have space for upward movement, as talented corporate finance analysts can often move into higher positions. Focus on developing leadership skills in preparation for any opportunities that may present themselves.


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