Introduction to Finance
Finance experts are always in high demand and it’s a career that could take you across the globe.
A finance course will equip you with a strong understanding of how financial institutions and markets function. You’ll gain a broad perspective and cover topics such as financial planning and management, investment, and corporate and international finance.
With this knowledge, a lot of doors will open for you. You may end up helping clients manage their finances as a financial planner, working for a big investment bank, or helming the financial strategy of a corporation as a Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
There are many online finance courses available, which give you the chance to study in a location that suits you best. Let’s take a look at your options.Explore finance courses
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A finance degree covers the fundamental knowledge you’ll need to make it in the financial industries. You’ll study how to manage money in a range of areas including banking, economics, financial planning and investing.
While they are related, accounting is a more specific field than finance. In an accounting degree, you’ll learn skills that can be applied to the accounting profession, such as how to manage accounts and process and report numbers.
Finance has broader applications and will give you a wider perspective and skills. In a finance degree, you’ll take a more analytical view and learn more about financial markets and investment strategies. This can equip you for a role in investment banking, financial analysis or even as a Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
If you know you want to end up working with clients to manage their income, expenses and reporting requirements, choose an accounting degree. If you’re not sure what area of finance you’d like to end up in, you might be best to opt for the broader finance degree.
Financial courses give you a solid overview of how financial institutions work. Depending on your exact course, you may study topics such as:
- Capital markets and financial institutions
- Investments and financial planning
- Corporate and international finance
You’ll also gain soft skills that you can use on the job in a finance role, such as problem-solving, decision-making and communication.
A finance degree opens a lot of doors. It gives you a broad perspective and is a good option if you’re not quite sure what kind of financial role you’d like to end up in as the skills you’ll gain are quite transferable.
Finance jobs tend to be well, with senior roles attracting an average salary of over $100,000 a year according to the Hays Salary Guide.
It can also be a great career choice if you’d like to travel. Finance professionals are in demand the world over—meaning you could one day end up working in a major finance centre like London, New York or Zurich.
Studying a business finance course online give you the ability to study where and when you want to. It will enable you to more easily fit study around your existing work and home life commitments.
It depends on the course and whether you choose something short or long-term. Here’s a general guide:
Course Duration Single subject 10-18 weeks Short course 10-18 weeks Undergraduate certificate 6 months (if full time) Diploma 1 year (if full time) Associate degree 2 years (if full time) Bachelor degree 3 years (if full time) Graduate certificate 6 months (if full time) Graduate diploma 1 year (if full time) Masters degree 2 years (if full time)
If you study a degree through Open Universities Australia, you have the flexibility to choose how many subjects you take per term. This means you can complete your qualification at a faster or slower pace than you would on campus.
By their nature, finance degrees can be challenging but they tend to suit people who enjoy working with numbers and putting their analytical skills to the test. If this sounds like you, you could excel in the world of finance.
After studying, you may find that the finance industry can be fast paced, but you will likely be well remunerated for your work and find a lot of professional opportunities the world over.
Before starting an enrolment, it’s important to read the entry requirements for your chosen course to ensure that you’re eligible to apply. If you don’t quite meet the requirements, we may be able to help you find a pathway into your course through open-entry subjects, which anyone can study.
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