/ Asked by Tobi
I am have a degree in Mathematics and already opted for a masters in operation research. Do you think I stand a change to be employed as a financial or business analyst? I don't have a CFA or CBA, but plan to get those certifications in the near future.
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Thursday, December 10, 2015
If you are passionate about the analyst positions, and are willing to start in an entry level position you should find opportunities that are available without the certifications. Once in the position many employers will support you during your time studying for the certifications and may offer some financial assistance in obtaining them as a benefit.  Good Luck! 
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Thursday, February 4, 2016
If that is the focus that you have for your career after graduation then you need to ensure that you are networking and building those relationships in the desired industry in order to better align yourself with future opportunities.  Many companies will pay for you to achieve these certifications and/or will support you in the time necessary to achieve these goals once you are hired in full-time.  
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on Thursday, May 19, 2016
Yes, of course you stand a chance to be employed in a career of your choice! It’s great that you know exactly what direction you are looking to go after graduation. Have you considered an internship? Internships or entry level positions are a great ways to get your foot in the door and gain additional experience in the industry you are interested in. I also think it’s a great idea for you to get those certifications to show you have the skills sets that match the career opportunities you are looking for.
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