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TIPS FOR STARTING A CAREER IN FINANCE

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In today’s day and age, there are so many great industries to work in. Whether you’re young and looking to start a career or you’re a little more seasoned and looking for a change of pace, countless options are available. One of the best fields to start a career in is finance. Finance is a highly competitive field but it’s also a broad one, with many different options and opportunities as opposed to one specific career path. So how do you start your finance career? Here are a few tips to help you out. 

 

PURSUE AN EDUCATION IN FINANCE

The first place to start is by educating yourself on finance. There are many ways to go about this, such as earning a bachelor’s degree in the subject. Putting in the work to earn a degree in finance, especially for more specialized roles, will not only help you look great to potential employers but will also help you become an expert in your field. Of course, going to school and earning a degree isn’t always an option due to circumstances such as time or money. Luckily, you don’t necessarily have to earn a degree in finance in order to begin a successful career in it.

 

OBTAIN AN ENTRY-LEVEL POSITION

If getting a traditional education in finance is out of the question, you may want to consider hunting down an entry-level position. It’s possible to educate yourself on the basics using free resources on the Internet such as YouTube videos, and if you can find a business that’s willing to hire and train you that may be your best bet. Depending on the individual, hands-on training can be a lot better than studying from a book or listening to a lecture on a subject. If you can afford to take an entry-level position, it may be your best bet in launching a career in finance.

 

NETWORK

Of course, networking is always a great way to procure a job in any industry. If you know someone who can connect you with a business or mentor, that might just be the ticket you need to start a career in finance. Whether it’s a family member or friend, or maybe someone you know from your current job, it always pays to have connections in any industry. When someone knows you and your work ethic, they can likely vouch for you and increase the odds that an employer is willing to take a chance on you.

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