What is Financial Modeling?
Finance professionals use financial models to analyze a company’s performance (i.e., profits and losses) and use this information to make decisions. You can use a financial model to determine if you should invest in a company or make an offer to buy it directly. A model can also be used to simulate the impact of a financial decision or event. Financial modeling is a valuable tool for anyone in real estate, investment, and FinTech.
At Career Centers, we offer a variety of classes for aspiring financial analysts as well as seasoned finance professionals that want to sharpen their technical skills. With the growing intersection between finance and technology, there’s never been a better time to learn. Students at Career Centers can choose from a variety of courses to suit their schedule and learning preferences.
Financial Modeling Course Options at Career Centers
At Careers Centers, we offer a variety of Financial Modeling Courses to help you reach your goals, whether it is to become a financial analyst or increase your value in your current role. In addition to financial modeling courses, you can also take classes on the fundamentals of finance, accounting, and investing.
Our three-day financial modeling bootcamp provides a comprehensive overview of financial modeling. Students build a financial model while learning and incorporating finance and accounting principles. The five-day financial analyst bootcamp prepares beginners for an entry-level financial analyst role in just one work week. In addition to learning basic finance concepts, students will master Excel's essential features and create financial models.
Advanced Excel for financial modeling is a 1-2 day course that covers all the advanced tips and tricks you need to know to both build and evaluate financial models. Our summer and winter financial modeling bootcamps allow college students to get ahead during scheduled breaks and prepare for an internship or job in the finance industry.
Why Should I Register for Financial modeling Classes at Career Centers?
- Sharpen analytical skills - In our hands-on courses, you work in the capacity of financial analyst. You’ll use real-world data, company presentations, and professional commentary to make decisions and build authentic financial models for your portfolio.
- Master Excel - Excel is the primary tool used by financial analysts to build models and evaluate data. You’ll learn time-saving, error-reducing tricks that will speed up your workflow and produce accurate analysis.
- Learn the essentials - We’ve perfected our course, so you learn only the essentials––no fluff. Our sessions follow a learn-by-doing approach so that by the end of the course, you’ve practiced the same skills you will use on the job.
Financial Modeling Courses for Aspiring Finance Professionals
Are you interviewing for an entry-level finance position? We teach accounting, Excel, and finance fundamentals that will help you in nearly every field. Our classes provide essential corporate finance and accounting training to all professionals, especially those in hedge funds, venture capital, real estate, private equity, and investment banking.
At the end of our financial modeling bootcamp, you’ll walk away with a robust financial model that you can present during job interviews. You’ll be prepared to answer common interview questions and walk the interviewer through the process of building your financial model. Being prepared to answer common interview questions will help you determine which company is the best fit for you.
Financial Modeling Class Prerequisites
In general, a good knowledge of Excel and basic knowledge of finance principles is helpful before enrolling in the course.
- If you don’t have a firm grasp on Excel...Our Financial Analyst course is the perfect fit for you! It includes a review of Excel principles in addition to training in finance and financial modeling.
- If you don’t have a finance background...We offer a free accounting and finance review cheat sheet to students in our modeling courses. Also, you can take one of our finance courses, such as Intro to Corporate Finance, to get up to speed.
Financial Modeling Terms
- Corporate Valuation - estimate of how much a company is worth
- Enterprise Value -the company’s cash assets subtracted from the combination of its market capitalization and debts
- Market Capitalization - outstanding shares of a publicly traded company multiplied by their stock price
Financial Modeling Techniques
- Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) - A Discounted Cash Flow or DCF model is used to find out how much a company’s future earnings are worth in today’s dollars. The DCF model is a great tool but is only as good as an analyst’s assumptions. The DCF is used to estimate the value of investment shares for private companies going public with an IPO (Initial Public Offering).
- Leveraged Buyout Model (LBO) - Private equity firms use the LBO model to evaluate the merits of purchasing another entity. Firms use LBOs to take public companies private or sell off a portion of an existing company. LBOs have an unusually high debt to equity ratio.