Choosing the right Career path

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Hi everyone,

I'd like to ask anyone who's reading this to try and help me -
either with advice, or with clear examples. Thank you in advance.

I am a member of Grinnell Class of 2015, and I plan on majoring in economics and doing the 3-2 program with Columbia.

My dream job is something that has a lot of interaction with people, especially negotiating, persuading etc. ; currently, I'm torn.
From all of the career placement tests I did, most of them said that I should be in law, sales, marketing, and business in general.
I would enjoy being a stockbroker the most (that's what I'm leaning towards) - I like risk-taking, selling and the stock market
(which for me is a living, breathing organism).

There's option (A) - BA in Econ from Grinnell, and BS from Columbia in (Financial?) Engineering
There's option (B) - BA in Econ from Grinnell double majored with Math and offcampus study in London School of Economics and
There's option (C) - BA in Econ from Grinnell double majored with Pol Sci and offcampus study

Can any of the senior members, anyone with any sort of experience and hindsight give me any advice on this? Which option would you think is the best, supposing I have an equal interest in all three?
Sorry for the wall of text,

Thank you once again in advance,

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Comments (6)

May 14, 2011

whats the 3-2 pgm with columbia?

May 14, 2011

3 years at Grinnell for a BA, then 2 years at Columbia for a BS in engineering.

May 15, 2011

I'd choose a or b. Both are geared towards a quant career path. Being a stockbroker in it's traditional sense is a low level job. Look into trading jobs at bulge bracket banks.

May 16, 2011

Option B... but don't pigeon hole yourself. Really, you may end up liking something else, and don't feel bad about it.

May 14, 2011

Thank you all so much!

Also, for stockbroking (and similar) jobs, should i focus on Micro or Macro econ? Finance classes?

May 17, 2011