Updated: Jan 28
Finance certifications that will strengthen your profile for finance roles at IIMs:
Some of these courses will cost nothing to enroll but may charge in case you need a certificate. However, the learning will compensate the certificate. These should immensely add value to your CV and increase your chances of getting selected for finance internships and jobs.
Financial Markets This course is offered by Robert Shiller, a renowned Professor of Economics at Yale University. The course will introduce you to risk management and behavioral finance principles that facilitate the understanding of the real-world functioning of securities, insurance, and banking industries. It is a 38 hours long course that can be completed at self-pace online. It is for beginners. Link - Financial Markets - Yale
Introduction to Corporate Finance This is one of the signature courses offered by University of Pennsylvania. A must-take course for someone who plans on doing MBA and is interested in the finance specialization. The key concepts include: time value of money, risk-return trade-off, cost of capital, mortgage financing, capital budgeting, asset valuation, discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis, etc. It is a 10 hours long online course meant for students with intermediate level of finance knowledge. Link - Introduction to Corporate Finance - University of Pennsylvania
Advanced Valuation and Strategy This is a really practical course for someone who wishes to get into M&A, Private Equity, and Venture Capital roles. The course covers the expanded NPV, which brings together DCF, real options, and game theory. It is highly recommended for someone who is totally into finance and nothing else. Mind you, this is a tough one offered by Erasmus University Rotterdam. It requires 26 hours of study and is meant for an individual who has an advance level of knowledge and interest in finance. Link - Advanced Valuation and Strategy - Erasmus University
Stock Market Investing This is one of the highest rated finance courses on Udemy created by a young investor and entrepreneur named John Ducas. It is designed for anyone who wishes to understand the working of stock markets from the scratch. This course will teach you about different investing strategies, like Fundamental and Technical analysis. It is a very short course, requires only 1.5 hours to complete and is meant for the beginner level. There is a certificate of completion. Link - Stock Market Investing
Introduction to Financial Modeling This course is created by a Peter Lynch, an investment professional with more than 8 years of private equity experience and 4 years of banking experience. This course will teach you how to use two years of historical income statement data and two years of historical balance sheet data to build a fully integrated financial statement model. It will require 1.5 hours to complete and is meant for students with an intermediate level of finance knowledge. Link - Intro to Financial Modeling
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These are some of the must-do courses if you're into finance. They will add value to your profile, show inclination towards MBA in finance (or general management as well) and most importantly, immensely benefit you to get finance shortlists during summer internships and final placements at B-schools, especially IIMs.
Apart from these, you can also go for NCFM Modules, which are paid but are valued a lot in the industry because they are NSE certified. And, for those of you interested in pursuing CFA, you must check this post on the secrets of CFA.
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