Regardless of industry, one of the most common goals shared by American workers is to achieve that next promotion, pay raise, or job offer. However, getting on the professional fast track isn’t as easy or feasible as it sounds, as competitive peers, the economy, and company policy can affect our own career.
Meet Ben Mulling, who at the age of 28 is the CFO, CMA, CPA and CITP at TENTE Casters Inc. As a member of the IMA Global Board of Directors, Mulling earned his position as chief financial officer at 28, showcasing the skill and personal abilities needed to advance in such a competitive profession. Whether you’re a new college graduate or a seasoned finance professional, Mulling’s story is a reminder that it’s never too late or early to accelerate your career.
CFO Insights for Career Advancement and Growth
At TENTE Casters Inc. and throughout his professional career, Ben Mulling has noticed a trend of two issues that repeatedly hold today’s professionals back.
- Lack of soft skills
- Lack of problem-solving skills
While Mulling acknowledges that many financial professionals have the technical know-hows thanks to schooling and experience, they lack the social and aggressive side that creates an effective CFO. According to Mulling, basic communication skills are one of the most crucial talents to broaden your opportunities. Furthermore, that next-level of thinking is what will differentiate a future CFO from his peers.
Mulling also says that he continued his education through certifications such as becoming a Certified Management Accountant. By getting more credentials, Mulling states that not only did he learn more from a skills standpoint, but he also developed a more holistic viewpoint of life as a financial professional. Continuing education allowed Mulling to build his network, experience new scenarios that built soft skills, and gain leadership experience that he would have otherwise lacked. Consistently refining your skills and character are the keys to career development, says Mulling.
Throughout his career, Mulling has noticed that many finance professionals either refuse to continue their education because they have years of industry experience or they become complacent. However, CFOs and finance professionals alike must be open to constant refinement to experience growth in their careers.