I just got done with an excel class at my school. The material covered is what's tested for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Excel certification.
I'm debating whether to take the exam or not...it takes an hour and costs $100. I have no doubt I'll pass since I aced the class.
Just wondering if having his certification on your resume will make a difference.
I'm sure knowing excel is a given...but maybe having an official certification can give one a leg up.
BTW, when I graduate, i'd be going for a sales associate role...but if I cant get into an i-bank, commercial/retail banking.

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that test is harder then you think

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Anytime you can confirm what you say you know - it is worth it. For example, just because you put advanced Excel on your resume DOES NOT mean people are going to believe you are advanced. You'd have a much easier time convincing someone you're advanced if you have something like: 5 classes in advanced Excel techniques or the Microsoft Specialist Certification in Advanced Excel 20XX.

Until you have the job you want, nothing is really a "waste" of your time. As an associate at Morgan Stanley, let me assure you - Excel is utilized a lot and anything you can do to better your skills or even hint at, objectively through certification or advanced courses, that your Excel skills are above par.

Now, if you've done 2 years in investment banking then no, you don't need certification in excel to prove to people that you have an advanced understanding of excel/macros/vba

However, unless you've worked atleast 2 years in a job like investment banking/equity research - or some other function where it is well known that you have to utilize advanced excel techniques on a day to day basis - then of course getting certification as a specialist in excel can help

Stop making assumptions... stop assuming networking is the answer to everything... at the end of the day people want to hire people that are going to make their lives easier and that they DO NOT HAVE TO TRAIN... anything you can put on your resume that signals ... i can start the ground running the day I'm hired is worth it


Also remember... that the only people banks want to train are the returning interns that receive formal training during the summer... if you are not in this category DO NOT ASSUME someone wants to hire someone and train them - no one wants to spend time training anyone...that's why they have interns who are trained during the summer and then these same interns come back and spend a month being trained by professionals....

if you are not apart of this group - please assume you have to take responsibility for training yourself in accounting/finance/advanced excel via coursework or some other objective means.. meaning i'm not going to believe you are advanced in financial modelling if you have nothing on your resume that objectively proves that

stop assuming people are like your parents and will help you once on the job - NOPE - most people in banks enjoy watching people come in, not know their shit - however simple it may be- and then failing... stop assuming people are going to be nice and train you - this is completely unaccurate... networking might help get you an interview.. but concrete skills will insure INITIAL success on the job - meaning you wont be fired within 2 yrs... you have to first make it through this part...and a lot of people mess up at this part...

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