Corporate credit is an exceptionally diverse field, with a wide variety of different specialist options. These include media and technology, consumer and healthcare and natural resources, to name just a few. Whether you wish to be a sector expert, or a generalist in the field, you will likely find work within the industry which aligns with your interests. Not only does Corporate Credit make for a diverse and interesting career, but it is also mentally challenging and requires all of your analytically skills. RCQ has some useful tips for entering the world of Corporate Credit Analysis:
1. Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
This globally recognised qualification is highly sought after by employers in the field. Getting your CFA charter allows you to deepen your knowledge in the areas of investment analysis, asset management, and ethics and, most importantly show your dedication. Whether you have passed Level I/II, are a Charter holder, or even a CFA Level I candidate showing interest in this will set you apart from the crowd and is a great topic to explore during an interview. We recommend speaking to your current company to see if there is an option for sponsorship to take these exams. If not, the exams are reasonably affordable compared to current qualifications.
2. Conferences & Networking
This is a great (and often free) way to go the extra mile and meet other professionals to build connections in your chosen field. Many organisations also offer free webinars, which you can attend in the comfort of your own home after signing up. These often have a Q&A session, which is particularly helpful for gaining niche insights into your chosen sector. We recommend subscribing to different companies’ monthly newsletters to stay up to date.
3. Developing sector-specific knowledge
It’s important to build up credible knowledge and cultivate an active interest in your chosen sector(s). Along with following industry-specific news, we also recommend widening your network to incorporate other forms of professionals relevant to your field. For example, if you focus on Oil and Gas, consider listening to Geologists or other extraction specialists talk about their experiences in the field via podcasts/other media. By doing so, you’ll gain a more holistic perspective of the industry and learn some interesting facts which will continue to feed your interest.