These CareerCasts from CFA Institute deliver career-focused insights direct from employers who discuss the employment outlook for their industry and function, the competencies they look for and advice on career development. So whether you are looking for your first job or planning your next move, subscribe to these podcasts. Download now, listen later, reflect at leisure.
Huge untapped potential makes India a career bright spot
CareerCast returns to India this week where we enjoy an uplifting conversation with Harsha Upadhyaya, CFA, who is CIO at Kotak Asset Management. Rather than focus on the gloom of short-term news flow, Kotak points out that, despite its already vast size, India’s financial sector still has enormous growth potential. Of course, the career landscape is becoming more competitive, so he offers some smart tips on how to get a foot in the door. Kotak also explains how aspiring professionals can impress during an interview and cautions about the dangers of shoddy timekeeping.
Things you should know if you want a career in fintech
Even if the ‘new normal’ is starting to feel almost routine, we can’t escape the fact that the job market is going to be somewhat different from the one we knew only a few months ago. To find out what companies will be paying close attention to when assessing candidates, CareerCast caught up with Fran Thompson, managing director of Pathfinder Talent, a Hong Kong-based search firm that specialises in the fintech sector. In this episode, Fran identifies the different types of fintech roles, pointing out that some are more disruptive than others. You will also learn about the vital skills needed to impress today’s hiring managers. What’s more, Fran offers some guidance on personality testing and how it can help you stand out in a field of equally qualified applicants.
This too shall pass – how to use uncertainty to your advantage
These are certainly strange times, with the job market frozen and career progression on hold until firms gain more clarity on the future direction of the global economy. Amit Joshi, CFA, who is CIO at Bajaj Allianz General Insurance in India, looks past the current outlook and speaks on how aspiring industry professionals can take advantage of the current difficulties and prepare for better days ahead. Specifically, you will discover the best way to capture the attention of employers and learn why lockdowns can be useful from a learning-and-skills perspective.
Be open to learning, and the opportunities are there
With a growing number of industry professionals pursuing the CFA® Charter, the jobs market of the future will be increasingly competitive, as employers pick and choose from a deeper pool of highly qualified applicants. With this in mind, APAC CareerCast spoke with Rob Ramos, CFA who is Senior VP, Trust Officer, and CIO at East West Bank in Manilla to find out what makes a candidate stand out from the crowd in the Philippines, one of Asia’s fastest-expanding financial markets. Rob discusses how he identifies the strongest aspirants by focusing on a person’s willingness to learn, grow, and improve but also the interview mistakes that can derail any candidate.
Advice you cannot ignore, from a global head of HR in Singapore
We may still be in the eye of the Covid-19 storm, but the financial sector is quickly adapting to remodelled working practices. What does this new normal mean for graduates who may be considering a role in the industry. CareerCast speaks with Jason Ho, who is the global head of human resources at OCBC in Singapore. In particular, Jason tells us about the type of graduate his company is looking for, with a specific focus on the skills required to thrive in a post-Covid world. He also reveals how to be a star interviewee and explains why, despite having pitch-perfect qualifications, so many applicants fail to hurdle the first fence.
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Flexibility and opportunity in a COVID-19 future, with Kanol Pal, CFA
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate both our domestic and working lives, CareerCast takes a closer look at how the outbreak is affecting attitudes towards recruitment. To this end, we caught up with Kanol Pal, CFA, who is a senior investment adviser at a major European bank in Singapore. He also runs a successful mentorship programme in conjunction with CFA Society Singapore. From our chat with Kanol, you will discover the vital importance of adaptability in a rapidly changing world. He also tells us what an ideal post-COVID job candidate should look like, with a particular focus on the skills he expects to see among applicants. The hiring landscape is undoubtedly going to be tough, but Kanol believes that with the right attitude and a willingness to learn there is still scope for young industry professionals to develop and succeed.