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What are some keypoints to obtain when choosing a career path?

In my case I want to stay in the field of banking, and struggling to plan out my career path to farther more in the financial institution field.

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David’s Answer

If you think it might be of interest, you may want to look for job postings in the commercial banking/lending area. This tends to be a very profitable area for banks. If you are good, your earnings and career will grow quickly. David
Thank you comment icon I agree with David, Lots of opportunity in the lending field. Mark Light
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Katya’s Answer

Banking career has so many different path to choose from. I would recommend to do some research on what you as an individual like to focus on. for example, I am an extrovert and I enjoy dealing with clients weather it’s a challenging situations, a problem I need solve for the client, a client complain that was escalated and I need to resolve it immediately.

when I started my banking career -I started as a teller/cashier and worked myself up to the Market Manager. during my career path I learned the sales, the client experience, the operational part of the job and as I was learning I was listening to myself and seeing what keeps me interested and I realized that sitting in the closed office and reviewing operations wasn’t for me. than, I started to asked for additional projects from my manager, mentors, taking different career path tests and additional learning and got to know myself as a professional and realized that I truly enjoy working with teams, coaching my associates, working on group projects, preparing for the meeting and being involved in the communities and making differences.

I would recommend that you break down all the positions or at least write down the categories of banking field. do research, look for a company that you would like to work for for the beginning and research the company, it’s core values, reviews from employees. also, try to ask yourself which competencies are your strengths and you opportunities. for example, are you a good communicator, do you like working with teams or individually. how do you feel about criticism-are you a project person who likes to make something new. I think, once you understand your skills- then you can tackle down some of the additional training you could get involved in to better yourself.

Also, what is your final professional destination- start on top and write it down to the bottom -to understand where do u need to start. The more information you can get-mit would be easier to tackle it.
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Jenna’s Answer

There are tests offered to help show where your interests lie. Find areas that you think you may be interested in and talk to a school counselor. You can also speak to professors in that particular field to give you more insight.

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Jessica’s Answer

Determine what your strengths are. Based on these strengths, what interests you? You should enjoy what you like doing but you want to be successful and have growth potential. Determine an area you are willing to learn more about to broaden your skill set. You also need to be realistic about how much you are happy with salary wise and how hard you are willing to work. If you use a comprehensive approach and put a lot of time and effort figuring out which avenue you want to take, you will have a better chance succeeding the first time trying to determine your career path.

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Julie’s Answer

It is really important to research what day to day like would be like in a field that you are considering. A career may sound interesting but when you look further into it, the day to day tasks may not be something that you would like to do long term.

You also need to determine if there is opportunity in the field that you are considering. You could have a very difficult time if you choose a field that has limited employment opportunities and low demand for workers.

Julie recommends the following next steps:

Choose some broad categories of work they may sound interesting.
Research what it takes to get into the field and what opportunities are available.
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David’s Answer

If you think it might be of interest, you may want to look for job postings in the commercial banking/lending area. This tends to be a very profitable area for banks. If you are good, your earnings and career will grow quickly. David
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Justin’s Answer

I would tell you to ask someone in leadership if there is a way to shadow someone, even for a few hours, to see what they do on a day-to-day basis. Sometimes, in banking, you'll find that a particular division isn't what you think it is, until you've seen the person doing the job first hand.

Also, get involved and volunteer however possible. Showing that you are more dedicated to not only the immediate task at hand, but also the bigger picture, will go along ways when being considered for the next step.
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Alexis’s Answer

Do not be discouraged or intimidated as choosing a career path can be daunting at first. Take the opportunity to really get to know yourself and think about what you would enjoy doing or find to be fulfilling work. Take a personality assessment some of which match your personality to career paths. Find a mentor. Talk to your school counselor. When you find a subject that interests you, search for books that discuss career paths within different fields.

Best of luck to you!

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Robin’s Answer

One of the things I thought about when deciding what career path I choose was my love of the topic, did it interest me enough to spend 4 years studying it and then wanting to continue perusing it after graduation.

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Sarah’s Answer

If you're interested in finance and banking, one thing that really helped me hone my interest was taking courses online (i.e. EDX/Coursera) to learn a little more about the industry and the finance principles behind it. I also got some neat certifications (i.e. Bloomberg Markets Certification) that I could post on LinkedIn and use on my resume for interviews!

Also looking for internships in banking is a great help - that is really what propelled me into my career. Recruiting starts early (August) and ends early (November/December) so you get the whole internship out of the way pretty quickly. Interning was also a great way to begin networking and helped me hear from a lot of different finance professionals.

More along the lines of networking, using LinkedIn to network and message people to hear about their experiences will help you make a path to your career. People love to talk about what they do as well as help others succeed.

Best of Luck!

Sarah recommends the following next steps:

Find finance professionals within a company you want to work at on LinkedIn and speak to them
Apply to various finance/banking internships
Do some online courses/certifications
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Keith’s Answer

Financial services, banking in particular can be very rewarding. On the banking side, I have always followed the career advice provided by my early mentors and my parents; find something that you are passionate about and have a nature talent for a career. If you are lucky enough to find that, hold onto it. From a security perspective, the closer you remain to the revenue side of the operation the better.

There are really only 2 types of roles in a business - revenue-generators and cost-centers. When times take a turn, revenue-generating job roles are the last to go. Cost-centers are typically the1st.

Keith recommends the following next steps:

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Ken’s Answer

The most important things to do in making your choice of a career path is to get to know yourself better to find out how your personality traits relate to people successful in that field and then to do in person networking to meet and talk face to face and in person with people who are doing what you think you might want to do to see what they are doing, how they got there, and how you feel about it.


Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .



Ken recommends the following next steps:

The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
• It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
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