How do you choose a finance career?
I'm a first-generation student at a smaller state school in my junior year. I come from a low-income area where nobody ever told me anything about careers in finance. I've had to do all this research mid-college by myself, whether on this forum, reaching out to professors/alumni, etc. It's just super overwhelming at times. All the information I get is pretty conflicting.
My business interests are:
I'm interested in being a leader in my company/department as fast as possible
I have a passion for investing and knowing my numbers (the CFA sounds fun if that gives you an idea)
I also have a passion for running/turning around companies. I can see myself leading struggling companies someday, then rinse and repeating.
I'm a very personable guy and love working/talking with lots of different people.
With these interests, I've literally seen myself in FP&A, IB, exit to PE,/AM, Big 4, and consulting. I also want to do a top 20 MBA someday for the learning, networking, and mid-career boost. Some of these careers mentioned are harder to obtain from my background, but I'm a networking pro at this point, so I'm not too worried.
I don't expect any of you to tell me what to do... I just would appreciate some advice and guidance on how you guys made your early career decisions.