You can learn more about financial issues by reading publications such as Barron’s (http://www.barrons.com), the Wall Street Journal (http://www.wsj.com), Forbes (http://www.forbes.com), Bloomberg Businessweek (https://www.bloomberg.com/businessweek), Fortune (http://fortune.com), and Financial Times (http://www.ft.com). (You might have to become a subscriber to be able to access certain sections of these publications online.) You should also check out professional journals such as Financial Executive (http://www.financialexecutives.org) and CFO (http://www.cfo.com).
Try to find a part-time job at a bank or an insurance company to get a basic introduction to the field.
Speaking with someone who has firsthand experience in the profession will provide helpful advice and tips. Ask a business teacher or a school counselor to arrange an information interview with a financial consultant. Prepare questions to ask during the interview to learn about the field, the responsibilities of the job, training requirements, and more.
Financial consultants apply their expertise in one or more financial areas to help clients with matters ranging from mergers and acquisitions, to risk management, to ensuring compliance with complicated financial laws. Internal financial consultants work as salaried employees for companies and other organizations, and they provide advice only to their employer. External financial consultants are employed by financial consulting firms such as Promontory Financial Group or by general management consulting firms such as McKinsey & Company and Oliver Wyman that have financial consulting practices. They work with clients on a project basis, and clients are billed by the hour for consultants’ services. Other financial consultants are self-employed and run their own consulting firms.
Financial consultants have a wide range of duties, depending on their employer and the needs of their clients. Examples of typical financial consulting engagements include the following: