India’s Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) sector is expected to provide jobs to an additional 1.6 million skilled workers by 2022. This means plenty of new opportunities for a host of job-seekers.
A National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) report reveals that the sector will need an infusion of manpower in several departments, including corporate banking, retail banking, treasury, finance, technology and HR to meet future challenges.
Clearly, the time’s right to contemplate a career in BFSI. But do your have the right core skills?
We list down some of the attributes BFSI employers look for in applicants during the selection process:
The ability to stay on top of the sector An in-depth knowledge of the sector and familiarity with the latest developments is necessary to remain competitive.
The skill to grasp new concepts and analyze A recruit with an analytical brain, numerical ability and learning agility scores way higher than one who knows it all but can’t evaluate.
The competence to get familiar with technologyThere’s no sector that the advance of technology has left untouched. A knack for learning and understanding new technology can give you an added advantage.
The ability to communicate clearlyA fundamental skill, communicating clearly – be it in the verbal or written format – is what helps you get along with colleagues and clients. If you communicate well, chances of persuading others to listen and much more rise exponentially.
The skilfulness to get along with people The BFSI sector needs great people skills, basically competencies that allow you to play well with others. Are you able to relate to others, have patience, able to listen and show empathy?
The capability to stay true and display integrityWhether it’s a bank, mutual fund or insurance firm, the BFSI sector is all about money. But naturally personal integrity is an invaluable quality!
The smartness to be resilient and stay afloatWith things constantly shifting in the global economy, an employee who can weather challenges, and thrive in demanding and taxing times will be valued.
The BFSI sector is not a large, monolithic establishment where all employees perform the same role. While the above attributes apply to a majority of jobs, each division also requires a specific core skill set.
Candidates looking for Investment banking jobs requires to be sharp, intellectually curious and must possess good knowledge of current affairs.
Likewise, to thrive in the retail banking or insurance industry, candidates should display good problem solving abilities, be adept at time management, be a team player, and possess leadership skills.
If you have the attributes listed above and are interested in a job in BFSI sector, there’s a good chance you’ll shine!