CFA Career Talk 2017: Renowned Formats, Practical Discussion

On August 26th, CFA Institute and CFA Community Vietnam organized a series of career talks in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. These are among the many annual events of CFA Community Vietnam to support young finance professionals on career development and advancement.

The career events Valuation – A Critical Skill for Young Financiers & Job Opportunities in Hanoi and Build Your Personal Brand and Get Hunted in Ho Chi Minh City offers young finance professionals valuable dialogues with leading industry experts for insightful advices on career advancement, recruitment trends, and professional network development.

In Hanoi, Valuation – A Critical Skill for Young Financiers & Job Opportunities was organized at Nikko Hanoi Hotel, attracting more than 100 attendants, mostly with 1-3 years of work experience.

Hanoi Career Talk 2017
Hanoi CFA Career Talk 2017

Addressing questions on how to accumulate professional skills and relevant experiences, Mr. Tran Anh Tuan, CFA, Head of Corporate Finance Advisory, Vietcombank Securities Company advised: “Expose yourself intensively and extensively not only to financial models but also to the real world as much as possible. Be passionate, hard-working and righteous, success then follows.”

Mr. Luu Van Luong, Vice Head of Research & Investment Advisory Department, Bao Viet Securities Company, also discussed the role of artificial intelligence (AI) and the possibly of AI driving finance professionals out of jobs: “The rise of AI is inevitable, especially in financial modeling and forecasting. It is no use fearing the inevitable, AI is better used exploited. Indeed, the role of human – the analyst – is even more important than ever in selecting the right assumptions and provide valuable analysis.”

The speakers also addressed other concerns from the participants in relation to valuation as well as jobs in the finance industry.

On the same afternoon, the HCMC Career Talk 2017 Build Your Personal Brand and Get Hunted at Majestic Saigon Hotel welcomed nearly 80 participants, many of whom have stepped up the finance and investment ladder.

HCMC Career Talk 2017
HCMC CFA Career Talk 2017


Eight speakers and mentors in diverse finance verticals including commercial banking, investment banking, corporate finance and portfolio management, shared their experience and different perspectives on how to position themselves in a competitive market, build a good personal brand, plan an effective career path and improve skills to advance to management level.

“Personal branding is generally a new concept in Vietnam, and particularly in the financial sector. To maximize the benefit of personal brands in job hunting, young professionals should take a proactive approach, starting with discovering their own strengths, formulating a plan to develop strengths into a well-known brand and stay ready for any opportunity to come.” said speaker Mr. Ngo The Trieu, CFA, Chief Investment Officer of Eastspring Investments Vietnam.

Speaker Ms. Nguyen Thi Huong Giang, Head of Investment Banking South of SSI, also shared that “This is the first time that participants have a chance to personally discuss their career concerns with a mentor in small groups (Speed ​​Mentoring). The opportunity to have a discussion with a mentor really helps the participants to learn their strengths and capabilities, and then build a more effective strategy for their career advancement.”

Speed Mentoring
Mentor Huynh Duy Sang, CFA in his Speed Mentoring group


The 2017 Career Talks have attracted significant attention from finance professionals in both cities.

By connecting industry veterans with young professionals and by delivering meaningful and practical content, the CFA Institute and the CFA Community Vietnam hope to assist finance professionals in pursuing their career goals and overcoming challenges.

CFA Community Vietnam