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Renew Capital's Junior Investment Analyst, Biruk Anteneh, shares valuable insights on the skills needed for a career in investment analysis in Africa. 

Top 5 Skills For Aspiring Investment Analysts In Ethiopia

By Biruk Anteneh | Fri Jun 23 2023
As the Ethiopian startup ecosystem grows and the investment scene opens up, it's an exciting time for aspiring investment analysts. To capitalize on emerging opportunities, it's essential to develop the following skills:
Technical Knowledge 
As an investment analyst, you need a deep understanding of subjects such as statistics, finance, and economics. Developing multidisciplinary knowledge will be advantageous in the investment field. 
Data analysis
Data analysis is a crucial part of an investment analyst’s job. This skill enables you to add value to raw data, providing reasoning and suggestions based on the information gathered. Additionally, mastering tools like Excel, which is commonly used by companies, will prove beneficial.
Time Management
Effective time management is vital for investment analysts. It involves planning and organizing tasks, estimating their duration, and setting deadlines. Utilizing a calendar and mapping out weekly priorities can help you visually track time and ensure that you are meeting deadlines.
The ability to convey information cohesively, both verbally and in writing, is essential for investment analysts. It's crucial to tell a compelling story that resonates with your audience. Understanding your audience is key to effective communication.
The internet is a valuable resource for developing technical knowledge and finding answers to questions, especially when access to education and information is limited. Leveraging the internet effectively will enhance your skills and understanding in the investment field.
Developing these skills will help you get started in the investment sector. However, continually honing and combining these skills throughout your career will maximize your potential. For example, blending research with technical knowledge and communication skills can help you create high-value presentations. Remember that these skills require rigorous practice, passion, and discipline. By developing these skills, aspiring investment analysts can contribute to the growth of the Ethiopian investment sector.
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