Practical analysis for investment professionals

Career Development

Is a Leadership Role Right for You?

You are the only one responsible for deciding the course of your career, so it is important that you think carefully about whether moving into a leadership or people-management role is right for you.

How to Convert Your Work into Your Passion

Kal Ghayur, CFA, discusses the importance of self-awareness as a career navigation tool, how to align one’s values with career management choices, the dangers of mis-fit risk, the process by which work can potentially be made more fun, and the motivation that drove him to write Career Success: Navigating the New Work Environment, with Dwight D. Churchill, CFA.

Did You Hear Me? Listening Is a Skill

To provide guidance and practical insights on why and how to listen to achieve better business relationships, executive coach Katie Botten presented a webinar on "The Art and Science of Business Listening." So what were some of her tips?

The Intangibles of Having Your Own Firm

Acquiring and serving clients requires specific skills. When launching your own business, you will need to foster trust with prospective clients and strategic referral partners. In order to help clients implement investment or financial planning advice, you will need to build even more trust.

Career Development: Build Your Strengths or Fix Your Weaknesses?

What's the best career development strategy? A robust primary focus on strengths or a balanced approach that both fosters your strengths and addresses your weaknesses? A panel of executive and career coaches weighed in on Twitter.

How to Be a Star Mentee

What does it take to be the kind of protégé that a mentor is excited to help? Julia VanDeren provides five must-dos for investment professionals interested in becoming star mentees.

Listen Up: Communication Skills and Your Career

We asked CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief readers which communication skill — listening, presenting, persuading, negotiating, or writing — has been most useful in their careers.

NexChange Hopes to Unite Financial Services in One Social Media Network

NexChange is a new social network designed exclusively for financial industry professionals. While there are other such networks in existence that are more niche, NexChange is unique in that it does not focus on the hustling and huckstering of investment securities. Instead, this is a network designed to help you maximize your career in financial services.

Becoming a Mentor: How and Why

Finding a mentor is an obvious career development strategy for the protégé, but it is also a valuable one for the mentor. In the webinar "Mentoring and Coaching Others," Jim Keene, CFA, shares some of his insights into both the how and why of becoming a mentor.

How Confidence Affects Your Career in the Investment Industry

Confidence is not only important to your self-interest but also materially impacts whether you can serve your clients to the best of your ability.

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