2). Senior Financial Consultant. I produce mathematically and statistically rigorous financial analysis on computer software to compare investments or business strategies. The computer does all the number work, but I have to use the information to make a plan. Alot of my work focuses on eliminating the most tax expenses I can from any business strategy. But I also focus on Internal Controls for Computer Accounting Systems, Sampling Methods for efficient Auditing, and Financial Statement Analysis as a tool for developing a better business strategy for clients.
3). I really do enjoy it. The working environment is great, all my co-workers are very educated, brilliant people, who are all well established. Most importantly, it's not a desk job. You get to work as part of a team of highly qualified individuals, who when put together, can come up with some very creative and innovative business & investment strategies.
4). Nearly everyone who works there has thier M.B.A. with a concentration in either (Finance, Marketing, Strategy, or Management). I would have never even looked to apply for the job on my own. A friend of mine who worked on the team told me that they really needed to find an expert on Accounting, Law, and Taxation, because these were the aspects which were holding them back on most projects. This fit me perfectly, so I applied, and was accepted the same day.
My Educational Qualifications were:
B.A. in Economics, minors in Mathematics & Statistics.
M.S. in Accounting, concentration in Finance.
J.D., concentration in Corporations & Intellectual Property.
L.L.M. in Taxation.
My work experience was:
2 years - Real Estate Agent
1 year - Real Estate Broker
1 year - Staff Accountant & Auditor
Intern - Corporate Litigation
Intern - Corporate Bonds
Intern - Compliance & Regulation Officer
Intern - Securities Investment Analyst
1 year - Associate, Corporations & Taxation
It's important to note that I didn't really qualify for the job because I work with computers, that is just a bonus, or at least makes this easier for my co-workers. The main reason I qualified was because I was an Accountant and an Attorney with a good working knowledge of Economics and Business.
Everyone else on my team though has an educational backround along the lines of:
B.A./B.S. in either (Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Finance), minors in either one of those also, with the exception of one person who has minors in English.
M.B.A. with concentrations in either (Economics, Banking, Finance, Strategy, Marketing, Management, Operations, or International Business)
Also some people hold the following degrees:
M.S. in Applied Economics, M.S. in Industrial Organization, M.S. Financial Engineering, M.S. in Actuarial Science.
5). Well, i'll give you a diplomatic answer on this one. For tax purposes it's roughly around $185,000. But you also have to look beyond the simple base salary, and look at the total benefits. I have 4-weeks paid vacation, and, 2-weeks of sick-days. Full health coverage, full dental coverage, full optical coverage; (even though i don't use it, you never know). There is child-care assistance; (I have no kids, but it's a plus for anyone who does), 401(k) with company match of 75 cents to a dollar for a limit of up to 20?f base salary. Consierge service for employees (if you want to make a reservation, book tickets, ect.) But the most rewarding of all is the ability to work from home and no 9-5 hours. My house is about 2 hours away from where I work, that means 4 hours sitting in traffic each day I show up. That's not only 4 hours less from my life, but 4 hours of gas in traffic, 4 hours of traffic accident risk my car is taking every day I show up, and increased frustration, because people around my area don't have any manners on the road.
Answered By: Felix - 4/6/2007