I Honestly Don't Know Which Direction to Go... Help?

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So I'll be honest... I do not know which direction to go after I graduate in May.

I am a Finance and Econ major, and I am very interested in the markets and investing in general, but I do not know what the best direction should be.

If you were starting your career in May, what area in finance/investing would you go into?

Comments (16)

Oct 17, 2013

It can all trace back to what you did during your time in school. Do you have any internship experience, etc.?

Oct 17, 2013

This isn't really a buyers market for job seekers, so "going into" something is easier said than done. Also, what other people would do is (or should be) completely irrelevant to your decision.

Oct 17, 2013

I know it doesnt matter what others have done.. I am just wondering what people see as the best starting positions related to investing/finance/the markets.

I have worked for a broker at the CBOE, and I have a lot of experience working for funds here at my university.

Basically I would love to do a rotational program that gets me experience at a lot of different places within a bank so I can figure out what I like the most.

Oct 17, 2013

I understand where you are coming from OP. I feel that it's important to just pick something that interests you and try to get your foot in the door. I spent a lot of time during my senior year being indecisive, not knowing what I wanted to do. I was very hesitant to reach out to certain people in the industry because I wasn't sure if I wanted that career path. I felt that it was more important to figure out what I wanted to do before I started to network. I feel that this might be the situation you are in and it can be dangerous. I ended up not having a job offer after I graduate because I was paralyzed by indecision.

Oct 17, 2013
Raytheplumber:

I understand where you are coming from OP. I feel that it's important to just pick something that interests you and try to get your foot in the door. I spent a lot of time during my senior year being indecisive, not knowing what I wanted to do. I was very hesitant to reach out to certain people in the industry because I wasn't sure if I wanted that career path. I felt that it was more important to figure out what I wanted to do before I started to network. I feel that this might be the situation you are in and it can be dangerous. I ended up not having a job offer after I graduate because I was paralyzed by indecision.

exactly... I just feel indecisive. I fell like once I am in the right direction at least, then I will know what I want to do. Thats why I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what area in the industry would be a good place to start.

Oct 17, 2013

All my indecisive friends make excellent baristas.

Oct 17, 2013

So instead of being funny, what would you actually suggest?

Oct 17, 2013

I wasn't joking.

I just don't understand how a finance and Econ double major who is "very interested in the markets and investing" doesn't know what he wants to do. It tells me one of two things: 1) you are clueless and you actually have no idea what "the markets" are except for your $1,000 Etrade account, or 2) you don't belong in finance and should go for something you might actually enjoy doing.

Oct 17, 2013

I thought you had no friends?

Oct 17, 2013

Dude, you see that home menu at the top? Click FAQs. Navigate to the "Industry Specific" section.

READ.

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Oct 18, 2013

now now. Play nice

Oct 18, 2013

S&T? FX?

Snootchie Bootchies

Oct 18, 2013

Okay, so I am interested in Investment Banking, specifically an industry group role so I have the opportunity to work on all kinds of transactions.
However I just feel like I dont have much of a chance getting a job in this since I come from a non target school, and I do not have many connections in this area.

Oct 18, 2013

you're from a non target, with 1 internship and you're being choosy?

Apply to everything and pray!

Oct 18, 2013

OP, pls do not come across like this if you score any interviews. You should be researching specific product groups & roles within banking, buy side, real estate, whatever & more importantly, MEETING people who work in these areas of interest. Only your gut feel & the feedback you get from meeting these people face-to-face will really help you in your decision making process. Also, beggars can't be choosers - the environment is better than last year, but you can't be choosy in the offers which come your way. Growing pains my man...

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Oct 18, 2013
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