How to Take Your Finance Career to the Next Level in 2015

If you’re like most of us, you’ve thought about what your dream job might look like. Perhaps you envision yourself as a key contributor to the success of a small, fast-paced start–up. Or maybe the idea of working overseas pushes your “let’s make it happen” button. Your goal, however, might simply be to take your finance career to the next level in 2015. If this is the case, here are a few tips to help you get there.

Reflect
Ferris Bueller said it best, “Life moves quickly. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” And while it may be odd to see wisdom in the words of a truant high school student, stopping and reflecting on past career choices is a good idea. Ask yourself what motivates you. What are the trends in your industry and what skills will you need to be successful? Then make a plan to move forward. A recruiter can be a valuable source of feedback, so consider connecting with one you trust.

Take the Initiative
To get noticed and get promoted consider involving yourself in special projects like a new system implementation or an acquisition. Not only do you build your resume, but you set yourself apart with management.

Professional Development
Top employers (and recruiters) love to see people who invest in themselves and their career. It sends a message that you’re eager to learn, willing to grow your skill set and interested in adding value. And consider this – many employers will pay for professional development if it’s relevant to the organization’s direction and needs. So whether it’s a management course, furthering your Excel skills or systems background, take advantage of any opportunity to add to your professional toolbox.

If you want to take your finance career to the next level in 2015 reflect on your current circumstances and assess what you need to do to move forward. Consider taking the initiative and seeking additional professional development. Maintain your focus and get yourself closer to fulfilling your career aspirations.