Careers in Finance major
When it is time for college students to decide their majors, the vast majority choosing to major in finance (or economics) do so in the hope of securing high-paying and relatively stable employment after graduation. Many seek career opportunities with banking institutions, insurance companies and Big 4 accounting firms. Most finance (or economics) undergrads and MBAs have investment banks, hedge funds, management consulting and private equity at the top of their employment priority list - mostly because they typically pay more and carry a relatively high level of prestige.
Unfortunately, there are far more students than opportunities available in the most desirable financial fields. The majority of finance students, and many MBAs, have to weigh in on the prospect of working at one of the departments of a company, a commercial bank, insurance company, accounting firm or small consulting shop (i.e., marketing, supply chain, etc.). But just because you can't land a glamorous finance job - or don't want to - doesn't necessarily mean you don't belong in this major. Read on for some uncommon jobs in finance that you might want to consider.
When Finance Doesn't Suit You
Finance isn't for everybody and, over time, people and interests change. Don't think that you need to work in the area you obtained your degree in for the rest of your career. Undergrad finance students may have been exposed to, and affected by, other classes that they take at university. Perhaps it is an acting class, a political science class, a volunteer opportunity, study abroad or community activism that exposed you to prospective and authentic interests beyond the world of finance.
Use these experiences to guide your career choices. MBAs, who were once undergrads may have felt dishonest in working a few years in a job that they disliked or lacked passion on. Couple that with a competitive job market, and they too may seek a vocation more in tune with what they think could be their "true" calling.
"Non-Traditional" Jobs for the Left-Brained
The Eudaemonic Pie is a 1985 book by American author Thomas A. Bass, about a group of University of California, Santa Cruz physics graduate students (known as the Eudaemons) who in the late 1970s and early 1980s designed and employed miniaturized computers, hidden in specially modified shoes, to help predict the outcome of casino roulette...