Would is be smart for me to double major in finance and information systems, and get a master's in finance? If, so what career opportunities will I have?
I'm a senior, and by the time I graduate high school, I will have an AA degree.
I'm thinking of a career in fintech, but I'm not sure. I do want to study finance, and I'm interested in technology.
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For sure. It was what I did in my life.
I was originally a chemistry and safety engineer working with budget most of the time. I had been building manufacturing plants for years.
This fact lead me to study administration focused in finances.
Then I made a master degree in business administration, while I continuing with my job in factories (petrochemicals, chemistries, clothing making and equipments for carers services) and I had business like an intensive care hospital, a bar which served salads and beverages and my own clothing making.
All the time, I was the finance director, and also for one year I worked like a financial advisor.
What can I say is that impossible to work in those several jobs without a strong knowledge in information systems.
I have been working in these 20 years looking for new information systems and enterprise resources planning (ERP).
I think that the examples that I showed here demonstrate that your knowledge track is completely right.
I got a Bachelors in Computer Science with a minor in Business. I loved programming (still do) and just sort of happened into a bunch of classes and units and college that equaled the Business minor. I never really had interest in business, I like software. But it never hurt me to have.
There are LOOOOTTTSSS of corporate jobs that require a bachelors degree. Fewer require a masters, but it will undoubtedly open that many more doors for you and provide more opportunities.
Of the many jobs I've seen listed that require a BS or BA, I have rarely seen one that requires or omits any particular schools. I started at one school that I burned out. A year later I went to another school where the program with the same name was much easier for me. Either diploma would have the same impact for jobs.
Best of luck to you!
In general a double major is a great idea. It will open you more options in the future. You will be able to choose to work on one of them or to find a job that you can combine both of the majors.
I have 2 kids that graduated college a few years ago with double majors and it gave them more options when they look for a job.
My third child is in college now and she is also doing double major.
Today almost in any job it is required to have knowledge in information systems.
I'd recommend looking into Industrial Engineering. I love business and technology and Industrial Engineering ended up being the perfect fit. You'll take a number of business courses but will also be considered an engineer. It's really cool and applies to a wide range of careers.
Best of luck on your decision! Remember, it's never too late to change your mind. I never thought I'd change my major but I ended up switching from International Relations to Industrial Engineering the second semester of my sophomore year.
I can personally say that is an amazing idea. I majoring in finance and management information systems and am so happy about that choice. However, I do not see a need to get a masters in finance to get a job. The two majors work really well together as the future of finance is technology. On a daily basis, I use my information systems knowledge with the applications I use to do my job. It is very helpful to get an understanding of basic coding and problem solving to expand your way of thinking. It will allow you to come up with innovative solutions to you daily job and life. I wish you the best. This is a great path to pursue.
I think is a great way to do like you want, nowadays the enterprises which are doing very well is the marke are the IT ones, and obviously this enterprises require people that know about finance, to have both degrees will allow to enter in one on those to work very easy, and is a great combination because you will domain numbers and technology, also you can to think if you want to work or do a job with a more technical part (programming or developing) or more administrative (a vp in finance for example) but both things are great , what make you happy will be the correct choice.
I actually did something similar during my bachelors. I got a degree in both finance and information systems (cyber security). My intention wasn't to obtain both degrees but I decided to switch midway into the IT degree plan and continue finance because I was already halfway through. Before graduating, I did do a lot of research on what types of jobs I could obtain with this dual degree and the FinTech industry kept making an appearance. This industry includes companies that provide financial services through software or other technologies. But I noticed that the underlying theme was more IT concentrated rather than finance. Looking more into cyber security and finance, I came across digital forensics. This was an avenue that I explored for it was a perfect blend between accounting and cyber.
Personally I decided to concentrate more on the IT side rather than Finance. Although I don't currently use my finance degree professionally, it has helped me with my personal finances and investment decisions in the stock market.
Just remember that college is a place to learn and pave your career as you see fit. Your plan going into college may end up being vastly different by the time you graduate. Therefore go with the flow and enjoy paving your path!
Getting a double major in finance and information systems is a great idea. You can grow your technical skills through your IS major and be able to apply it to finance. I do not think a master's in finance would help, it will be a repeat of your undergraduate courses. However, you could get a master's in business analytics as it would further develop IS skills that can be applied to finance.
Some career opportunities are:
Big Data Analytics
Quantitative Analyst (develop algorithm)
Sales & Trading (trading desk or support)