Author Topic: Finance Career advice. What jobs did you love?  (Read 402 times)

teltic

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Finance Career advice. What jobs did you love?
« on: November 20, 2018, 09:42:10 AM »
Hello everyone! :)

Resume:
BS: Accounting
MS: Finance
Previous job: 2 years doing operations work at a small financial advising firm (creating quarterly reports, updating alternative asset values, etc).
Current job: 2.5 years doing corporate finance at a large national defense company.

In my current job, they have rotated me into different finance departments every 6 months (small projects team, billings, pricing, forecasting, and now overheads).  It's been a great experience overall...


But I have become bored of my work.  It seems too repetitive and... I kind of don't care about national defense/what the forecast numbers mean.  It's not interesting to me.

I do enjoy building the spreadsheets... Automating it.  Making basic macros to turn my 3 hour report into 3 minutes.  How cool is that?!? :)

I do have passion for investments/asset allocation...  Maybe an asset management job at Goldman or something could be fun? (although I fear the 60 hour work weeks)

I do wonder if I need to try a new company doing corporate finance, to see if I actually enjoy the work, but disliked the culture at my current one.

I've thought about becoming a financial advisor, but hate the idea of the saleman side of the job.


Overall I think I'd rather work 60 hours doing something I love, than the current 40 hours of meh (more like 5-10 hours of real work, and 30-35 hours of sitting on my ass staring at my cubicle wall).


Any advice is appreciated.  Even if you aren't in finance!

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Re: Finance Career advice. What jobs did you love?
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2018, 11:45:11 AM »
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I do enjoy building the spreadsheets... Automating it.  Making basic macros to turn my 3 hour report into 3 minutes.  How cool is that?!? :)

You are describing a basic version of programming/software development. Have you ever looked into that as a career option? Take some free online courses from places like Codecademy and see if you like it.

There is plenty of overlap in the software/accounting/finance space anyway, so it wouldn't be hard to find a role where you could still make use of your degrees.