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How to Start a Career as a Finance Manager

Having a career in finance can be a very lucrative job. However, the field is competitive, especially in the US. What skills should you acquire before entering the industry? And where can you get them?

A career as a finance manager can pay well and offer many opportunities. The job requires thorough knowledge of finances, accounting, and data analysis.

An individual who has acquired these skills can become a successful financial manager. This means they are able to prepare reports and forecasts, analyze numbers, and recommend measures for companies to take. 

What is required to become a finance manager? 

Skills required 

Financial managers must have solid skills in mathematics, IT, accounting, human resources, analytics and marketing. In addition to these skill sets, they must possess strong leadership qualities, excellent communication skills, and decision-making abilities. Financial managers must also possess potent analytical skills as they are increasingly being relied upon to assist executives in directing and controlling their organizations, a duty that necessitates analytical skills.

Educational requirements 

A bachelor’s degree in topics such as accounting, finance, economics, and business administration is often the bare minimum for financial managers. Many firms, on the other hand, are increasingly looking for applicants with a postgraduate program, especially in economics, business administration, and finance.

Experience in specific aspects 

You would also need experience in accounting, economics, business administration, or marketing to prove helpful. If you want to apply for a position as a finance manager, you’ll need to prepare yourself for a competitive interview, including having good written and verbal presentation skills.

Complete a training programme for certification

While you may not be required to have any certificates by the employers with whom you apply, you may find this qualification on their desired list of applicant experience. If you want to ensure that recruiting managers understand you have the skills to succeed in the work, certifications are an excellent idea. In this sector, you can receive a variety of certificates, but some of the most prominent are Chartered financial analyst (CFA), Certified public accountant (CPA), and Certified treasury professional (CTP). Once you’ve obtained some valuable certificates, you can also apply for finance manager abroad vacancies and work overseas.

The Bottom Line 

Finance managers look after the company’s financial well-being and its ability to continue operating. The job requires strong analytical skills and good decision-making abilities. A finance manager should also have good communication skills and be able to interact effectively with both internal and external stakeholders.

Book of the month! Dive into CROCS, the latest Sharks, Inc. middle-grade eco-fiction mystery

Looking for a summer book for your middle schooler this summer? This one is highly recommended! The newest book in the eco-fiction Sharks, Inc series by Randy Wayne White is the third book in the middle-grade series, a spin-off of the New York Times bestselling Doc Ford series, where each book is an exciting adventure-mystery that tackles different conservation issues in Florida.
 
CROCS follows the three friends, enlisted by Doc Ford himself to help Floridian wildlife, as they discover a huge saltwater crocodile, illegal reptile selling, and claims about the ghost of a dead king.
 
This series is great for kids who love mystery, adventure, and science, and it’s the perfect introduction to environmentalism and conservation efforts! 

You can find it at https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250813510/crocs

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to facilitate this post. A cover image was also provided.

Baby penguin hatches at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Photo credit: Robin Riggs

A baby Magellanic penguin chick recently hatched at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The chick is currently in a nest with its parents in one of the burrows behind the scenes of the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, and you will be able to visit the live webcam to see the nest. It will live there for a few weeks before moving to the Aquarium’s behind-the-scenes penguin nursery. Aquarium visitors will be able to see the chick and learn its sex when it joins the adults in the penguin habitat in the fall. The penguin parents who hatched the chick were Robbie and Kate, who were paired together for the first time this year. The Aquarium’s penguin breeding program is part of the Species Survival Plan administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. This plan ensures the genetic diversity of the Magellanic penguin population living at zoos and aquariums.

Magellanic penguins usually lay two eggs at a time. The penguin parents take turns incubating the eggs, which will hatch after thirty-eight to forty-two days. At the Aquarium, babies stay with their parents in the nest for about twenty days. Then, the babies are ready to leave the nest and head to the behind-the-scenes penguin nursery, where they can learn important skills like swimming, eating fish and squid staff members offer them, and how to otherwise interact with humans. At this vulnerable stage, before their feathers are watertight, it is much safer for the penguin chicks to stay in the nursery until about three months have passed and they have fledged, or replaced their last set of downy feathers with watertight adult feathers.

Magellanic penguins are native to the coasts of Argentina and Chile in South America. In the summer they are found in land-based breeding colonies. In the winter migration season, they are at sea foraging, often following schools of anchovies, their preferred food. They are one of four species that are called banded penguins in reference to the distinctive black and white bands around their faces and bodies. Their relatives are the African penguin (S. demersus), Galapagos penguin (S. mendiculus), and Humboldt penguin (S. humboldti). 

Visitors can also learn more about the Aquarium’s work caring for baby animals like penguins and its role in helping threatened and endangered species in California when they explore the new Babies! exhibition. They can watch the antics of rescued baby sea otters in the Aquarium’s Northern Pacific Gallery. Then they can explore over a dozen exhibits featuring more young animals in the all new Babies! exhibition inside Pacific Visions on the second floor. There they can meet little sharks, a young desert tortoise, baby clownfish, miniature sea jellies, and other animals.

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.

My Little Pony: Make Your Mark * An Entertaining, Full-Length Episode That Will Have Audiences Counting The Days Until The Release Of The Upcoming Series

Welcome back to Equestria, where pony magic is everywhere. With friends Zipp, Sunny, Izzy, Pipp and Hitch leading the way, adventure is sure to follow! The series will center on the adventures of Sunny Starscout and her friends after the events depicted in the film. Created with a dazzling 3D CG animation style evocative of the recent film, the special and series will follow the MANE 5 on a journey of self-discovery told through action-packed, hilarious, and heartfelt stories.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Giana N. comments, “My Little Pony: Make Your Mark is an entertaining, full-length episode that will have audiences counting the days until the release of the upcoming series. This show doesn’t really require you to watch the My Little Pony movie beforehand, and that is a good thing.” See her full review below.

My Little Pony: Make Your Mark

Giana N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

My Little Pony: Make Your Mark is an entertaining, full-length episode that will have audiences counting the days until the release of the upcoming series. This show doesn’t really require you to watch the My Little Pony movie beforehand, and that is a good thing. You’ll be entertained watching this show either way.

This show focuses on the new characters that were first presented in the previous movie, My Little Pony: A New Generation. In Maritime Bay, it’s now normal for Earth Ponies, Unicorns, and Pegasi to interact with each other and to be friends. But lately things have been tense between some of the ponies, and their friendship has been off. Zipp Storm (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) has noticed this tension has caused the unity crystal’s power to fade. Now Zipp and her friends have to figure out a way to stop it before it gets out of hand.

In My Little Pony: Mark Your Mark I like that the five ponies’ friendship is so strong it’s the only thing needed to keep the power of the crystal from fading. They don’t do it individually—they do it together. My favorite characters in this show are Sunny (Jenna Warren) and Izzy (Ana Sani). I like Sunny and Izzy because they both have positive attitudes no matter the situation, and they are nice, genuine ponies. I think that was one of the key factors in saving Maritime Bay. I also like Zipp because she is funny and confident. Another thing I like about this show is that it includes everyone’s differences, which sends the message that even if you are different, you can still be friends and work together.

The message of My Little Pony: Mark Your Mark is that you have to do what is right and good for you and not what’s good for other people. Throughout the show, this is shown through Zipp’s character. She doesn’t know whether she wants to go back home and become a princess, or stay in Maritime Bay with her friends. In the end, she does what is right for her. My Little Pony: Mark Your Mark is family friendly and has a really good message that everyone, no matter who they are, will take away

I give My Little Pony: Make Your Mark 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 8. You can watch this show on Netflix starting May 26, 2022. Be sure to check it out!

Hollywood Stargirl * The Perfect Sequel – Reunited With Favorite Characters From The Original Stargirl

Hollywood Stargirl is a sequel to the 2020 Disney+ hit about free spirit Stargirl Caraway, a silver-voiced teenager whose simple acts of kindness work magic in the lives of others, that follows Stargirl’s journey out of Mica, Arizona and into a bigger world of music, dreams and possibilities. When her mother Ana is hired as the costume designer on a movie, they relocate to L.A., where Stargirl quickly becomes involved with an eclectic assortment of characters. They include aspiring filmmaking brothers Evan and Terrell; Mr. Mitchell, one of Stargirl’s neighbors; and Roxanne Martel, a musician Stargirl admires and encounters on her journey.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Heather S. comments, “Hollywood Stargirl is the perfect sequel! We reunite with favorite characters from Stargirl and see how much they’ve grown. By the end of the film we are left wanting to see more of these characters—which is a good thing!” See her full review below.

Hollywood Stargirl 

By Heather S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Hollywood Stargirl is the perfect sequel! We reunite with favorite characters from Stargirl and see how much they’ve grown. By the end of the film we are left wanting to see more of these characters—which is a good thing!

Hollywood Stargirl is very relatable and follows Stargirl (Grace VanderWaal) who has recently moved to Los Angeles. She meets new friends in her apartment building and begins filming a movie. In the first Stargirl film, Stargirl herself is incredibly free spirited and inspires others. In Hollywood Stargirl, she struggles with her emotions, living somewhere new, and wanting to make friends. Seeing a teen girl who is lost and isn’t quite sure where her place in the world is so comforting because it reminds young audiences that others feel the same way they do.  And it’s a good motivation to live life to the fullest.

Stargirl’s wardrobe is spectacular, and it encapsulates her character perfectly. Grace’s acting is magnificent, too, and how she shows Stargirl’s deepest emotions in quiet scenes is very engaging. Stand out scenes like Stargirl singing in her room and going to a club to watch singers perform are heartwarming—it’s wonderful to see her grow comfortable in herself and her music. Grace’s chemistry with her co-star Elijah Richardson, who plays Evan, is phenomenal. Two young actors bring comedy, friendship, and all awkward teenage emotions to the screen with such simple performances.  Hollywood Stargirl proves that contemporary cinema needs more movies like these. 

Stargirl learns several lessons throughout the film. She learns to communicate her feelings to her mom, to feel comfortable in her music and how to turn her life into an adventure. For the first time, Stargirl learns the importance of friendship and camaraderie. 

I give Hollywood Stargirl 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. It begins streaming on Disney+ June 3, 2022.