Who is an effective financier? The one who is able to find the best ways to control the company’s money, bringing wealth and prosperity for both, the company and himself; or the one who received his Master degree in Finance and consults his granny about her spending?
Actually, it can be both. But if you really want to build a successful career, a Finance degree from university is not enough. In search of multi-skilled well-rounded candidates, company executives want people who are educated from an early age, and in school, to pay more attention to strategic decision-making and communicative skills, as they realise that this background is better formed outside the finance curriculum.
What you really need
The problem is that business schools and company employers have a huge gap between their expectations and reality. This means that a typical MBA graduate does not always have all the skills, that are hunted by the executives for their particular projects. Even though nobody expects a newbie to become a fully-formed consultant starting from day one. However, many employers admit that it would be great if potential candidates showed higher communication, negotiation, leadership and intercultural skills.
Finance Professors of Duke and Berkley, John Graham and John O'Brien, made their own suggestions regarding useful courses that will help young specialists to become strategic candidates instead of just walking academic resumes. Here they are: