Corporate finance training, a turnkey solution by FinHarmony!

Corporate finance training, a turnkey solution by FinHarmony!

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FinHarmony offers online training adapted to the pace of learners, often already integrated into the professional world. Beneficiaries can measure their progress and receive quality support.

The time when financial competence was the prerogative of financiers alone is revoked. From now on, all employees must be credible interlocutors. For this, their contribution to the management dialogue and to the overall performance of the company is more than necessary. But how can you add your stone to the building without first having basic knowledge of finance?

The stakes are high, especially since the expectations of companies in terms of financial analyzes are higher. They indeed go beyond the simple profitability analysis in the income statement. Thus, any employee with a position of responsibility must have solid knowledge of finance, because this field, as well as that of management, has become an essential practice, fairly universal, and a form of requirement in the service of the project. of business.

There are two populations concerned, and therefore two types of requirements.

The first concerns all managers (or future managers) in a non-financial profession: their initial training only rarely covered financial topics. However, they have every interest in sharpening, sharpening and developing their financial sensitivity. Why ? Because this skill is essential to enable them to assess the impact of their daily actions on the company’s financial performance. It is also about their personal development, the future of their career within the company, in order to access a higher level of responsibility in the organization, or to get another job outside the organization. .

The second category concerns the employees of the finance sector themselves. The wide variety of finance professions, and the characteristic specialties of each of these professions, may lead them to need to resume their training in the fundamentals of finance at some point in their career. They seek to complete and strengthen their knowledge and their practice, in particular with the aim of career progression in the company, taking up a position in another finance profession or seeking employment. ‘use.

In either of these two categories, demand no longer emanates only from companies, but from employees themselves: they feel the need to acquire new skills and knowledge. They will express it, for example, during a skills assessment, an annual interview, or will feel it when reading the profiles sought for job offers likely to interest them.

Above all, a well-crafted and structured approach

At FinHarmony, we believe that this need can be met without necessarily going through long training. Far from being complex, corporate finance is above all a standardized universe which requires a very good knowledge of the concepts, calculation rules, and an ability to interpret them according to each context.

It must also be said that a well-structured approach makes it possible to know how to read the financial statements of companies (balance sheet, income statement, cash flow, etc.) and to determine relevant ratios and indicators. What must be understood, in fine, is that the need for training relates particularly to the understanding of objectives and financial constraints, knowledge of the main reporting statements, and the link between individual actions and the overall performance of the organization.

Two targeted courses adapted to needs

However, the initial training of these employees often does not cover these new needs. Only a few very large companies are beginning to include finance upgrades in their internal training offer, with often tailor-made training products. In medium-sized companies, however, these offers are still not very present.

Can they find what suits them in the off-the-shelf programs that exist today? Our analysis of the training offer that exists in this area has shown that the French-speaking offer is limited, and that the match between expectations and the training offered is insufficient. In addition, candidates for training show an expectation for flexible solutions that are easy to access and can be activated when the need arises.

Based on this feedback, FinHarmony has designed two targeted courses fully available online and in French.

The first course is called “Beginning in Finance”. This is a short, fun and affordable course for any non-financial employee. It allows you to acquire the basic concepts, to put them into practice and to anchor the skills acquired through validating quizzes.

The second is entitled “The fundamentals of corporate finance”. This time it is a longer course, certifying, with tutoring. This training, more in-depth, allows to build skills in a progressive and accompanied way. It is sanctioned by a final online test and the defense of a summary case.

Here are the 5 advantages of the FinHarmony e-learning offer:

1- The learner can manage his time as he sees fit

Online training must adapt to an (over)loaded schedule. It must indeed be able to implement it “just in time” and within short deadlines. For this, FinHarmony favors the scheme of a progressive course, divided into courses and short modules. The learner will find it easier to free up an hour in his diary to follow a module, and if he has half a day, he can aim to cover all the modules of a course.

2- The learner is aware of his progress

The participant must be able to lock in a learning step at the end of each module. Therefore, our pedagogical design consists of “encapsulating” in a module the 5 fundamental stages of professional learning, in the form of a standard plan with short sequences:
– Why do I need to learn? The context, the problem and the objectives.
– How it works ? The concept illustrated or the tool explained with the words of the company.
– Can I try ? A simple practice, then contextualized, with immediate feedback.
– What should I remember? Skills acquisition test with a level objective to be achieved. This quiz closing each module is short (5 questions maximum) to focus on the main points to remember, without trying to trap the learner.
– For further ? Tracks of deepening and opening on the continuation.

3- The learner does not have to “put together a puzzle”

A person already integrated into the professional world does not want to be forced to find his way back by following the educational stones that have been sown for him! From this point of view, FinHarmony thinks that the now classic MOOC/SPOC format with scattered content bricks should be forgotten in continuing education. The professional has neither the time nor the inclination to reconstruct a puzzle with several videos to watch, readings in the form of resources to download, practical cases in files in several formats and solutions in other files… In addition, the professional in post is often not comfortable in the too numerous activities of “personal work” offline.

Taken by the constraints of his environment, he is at great risk of “skipping” these steps. The flattering promise of the volume of hours of online learning thus risks not being kept. We therefore favor the integrated module as a unique, exhaustive, rhythmic and traceable learning unit.

4- The learner remains focused for more efficiency

In terms of pedagogy, the trend is unquestionably “playful”. And yet, an e-learning module is neither a cartoon nor a video game. Graphic content that is too rich and too animated will mobilize the learner’s attention to the detriment of the content. The capacity of an individual to acquire several pieces of information simultaneously is limited (vision, reading, hearing) and to take the risk of “saturating” the sensory channels is to lose a chance of finding the path to long-term memory. Our content uses “storytelling” and visual animations, but remains focused on the skills to be acquired and does not hesitate to recall the notions already seen for a reinforced anchoring.

5- The learner benefits from personalized advice

In training as in sports training, the coach should never be far away. This is why we include in our online training courses individual remote tutoring, organized in the form of individual meetings at the main stages, so that the referent expert plays the role of a sports trainer: framing in time, measurement progress, contextualization, answer to questions.

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