I am a Finance Analyst at work and one thing that has started to frustrated me more is the people who have tasks assume I know all the formulas or concepts of analyzing numbers and identifying where things went wrong during a period.
It makes me wonder why they hired me to do financial analysis when I am studying management. I have not had an opportunity to apply my management skills at work and fail to see any possible opportunities in the future if I continue to work where I am right now.
This does not mean I hate what I am doing right now. I am learning helluva a lot here, but I just hope I will have an opportunity to apply my management skills someday.
The reason I am doing this post is because I have been working on this simple project where I have to figure out where the big changes were in several financial centres. At first it seemed simple, but after three days I am finding this "simple" project to be more mind boggling.
I am being told to do this calculation and that calculation and then figure this variance then subtract this and get the absolute value, then check there and add these numbers up, then divide them and subtract this with the variables you got after looking there, then pick out the big changes.
I seem to understand all this, but the problem is I have no friggin clue where to connect the numbers or find the values. Plus when I ask for help, the help I get comes with bizarre calculation that I never saw in my math courses, including calculus! This totally makes me feel lost.
Hopefully I will pick up and become comfortable feeling illiterate from now on. :)