Meng: I managed stock brokers (financial advisors) for much of my career. The most important thing to know is that there is a difference between the movies and real life. In real life, most of your time is spent "selling" not managing portfolios. Many people hate that aspect when they first enter the field. You must pass a number of difficult SEC tests in order to actually trade securities. Once you pass these tests, you then need to build a book of business. In most instances, you start at zero and build from their. Some companies, place you in a cubicle with a phone book and you make hundreds of cold calls - not pleasant at all. It can be lucrative or because a broker most often works on commission it can be difficult. My advice is to try and get an internship (paid or unpaid) with a brokerage company and then ask a lot of questions. There are also a lot of different jobs supporting stock brokers and in the investment field. Explore those also.