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Finance is one of the most popular college majors. Why? Students are eager to nab a high paying, stable job.
Unfortunately, there are usually more students than there are opportunities. As such, graduates often find themselves debating on how to proceed after graduation.
Should you hold out for the most prestigious jobs with banking institutions, insurance companies and accounting firms? Or should you rejoice in the fact that you may have avoided a stressful, repetitive 90-hour work week?
If you’ve ventured down the finance path, you may be re-evaluating your decision. If you can’t snag you dream job or are no longer enchanted by the traditional options, here are several career ideas that might be more appealing.
Consider Business Development
For those who don’t land a strictly finance-related job, graduates often wind up in similarly technical outposts. However, now is the perfect time to hone your soft skills.
Most upper management execs recognize that the movers and shakers of a company are the ones who have business development, sales or marketing skills. These employees can better understand the company’s products and services.
Finance specialists who are in-tune with the consumer’s preferences will go far in their chosen career path. If you will need those skills anyways, why not acquire them now?
Join a Startup Company
Is there a new startup venture that’s making big waves? See if you can get in on it. Startups are usually pretty small in the beginning. That means you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at a variety of tasks—unlike the traditionally mundane occupations usually obtained by finance majors.
Work for a Non-Profit
Charities or other non-profit organizations are always in need of financial expertise. They need someone who can help bring donations in and then manage the moneys they secure.
Not only will you be acquiring valuable work experience, you’ll also help those in need.
With just a few more classes, you could get certified as a teacher. The expression, “those who can’t do, teach,” does hold merit! Take everything you’ve learned and pass it on to the next generation.
Become a Lawyer
An under-recognized branch of finances is law. There are many instances where finances and the law merge. For example, bankruptcy, foreclosure, debt consolidation, and loan modification are all areas where consumers could benefit from legal expertise.
Granted, you’ll need a few more years of education, but the benefits are worth it. According to a Clearwater attorney at Ziegler Law Office, having a background in finance means you can help consumers on multiple levels. For example, a consumer would greatly benefit from a bankruptcy lawyer who also has experience with loan consolidation.
Join the Military
The military needs officers to manage various financial responsibilities. Contract management, budget analysis and payroll are just a few of the financial aspects that need attending to.
If you do choose this path, the military might be able to help cover the cost of your education.
Many college students get to the end of their education career and freak out about their job prospects. Don’t let your finance major stress you out; you will be able to find a job, you will be able to earn a living, and you will excel at whatever career you choose!