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What is the funniest thing about working in finance?

I have an interest in the financial field, like financial planning or accounting. #finance #accounting #financial planning #business


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Renee’s Answer

I work in an area of finance where I get to see how folks spend their money. When they have money, it seems they spend it on the funniest things. I never know if that day at the office is buying them an airplane, or helping them purchase a house or a car.
It's fun living large through them!
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Jacqueline’s Answer

Finance and accounting are broad fields. Many people believe that these fields are boring and that you may be doing the same thing day in and day out. That can be true for some; however, finance and accounting can you take you many places. If you are interested in any area in life there is a financial element. I am in the telecom industry where we deliver value to millions of customers. Here I am in finance and have focused on saving money, spending money, protecting our company and even looking at how we could strategically expand our company. I would say that the thing I like most about finance and accounting is my ability to change and bring forth ideas.
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Jake’s Answer

I would echo what Jordan said. I work as a financial analyst and have the ability to look at various companies. Some of the firms I analyze I never thought I would have, but it's nice to see all these different operations and how they make money. It will give you a good baseline knowledge as there are plenty of ways to go about business and making money.

I will also add that sometimes our morning meetings are a little more laid back, allowing for great discussion and laughs.
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Saffah’s Answer

Hello!! I have been in Accounting /Finance field for the past of 10 plus years . In this journey I experienced different areas of accounting/finance like internal audit, accountant, financial planning, etc. You get to meet different people along the way, some are funny, witty and some are so dry that it is hard to have a conversation. I don't think any career path should be chosen based on it being funny. You can pick any career path and make it "fun" by your efforts and dedication.
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Bill’s Answer

Hi Lily,

The funnest thing about working in finance is playing with numbers and have fun with finance folks! There are a lot of projects that we need to achieve. Doing analytics with the AR data is interesting. And once the project is completed, I feel so great that playing with the numbers helps the management to make decisions. We also talk about changes of prices of goods, credit scores, stocks, and a lot of things around our lives.
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Laurie’s Answer

I believe the best thing about being in the accounting and finance fields is the creativity you are able to use to solve problems. If you like challenges and problem solving you will enjoy these fields.
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Sam’s Answer

The people you meet. Some people are so incredibly different than you in the way they interact. Some people are comfortable with a lot of money, some with a little. Learning to adjust how you speak to clients based on how they are acting can be both frustrating and hilarious.
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Nikki’s Answer

Hi Lily - Great question! I've been in financial planning and analysis for 7 years now and I find it to be one of the most interesting roles in the company. You will come across some of the most creative ideas that folks from different parts of the company come up with as solutions to the key problems the business is trying to solve. Some of them will work, some of them won't but it is great to see the variety and diversity of ideas coming from all around the company. It's a great role to be in!
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Carlos’s Answer

Being on the trading floor is very fun, everyone is speaking to clients, and every single client is different. You get to have insight into their lives and develop relationships through the conversations that you have.
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Fred’s Answer

It is funny how many in the Finance field still don't know the difference between a Debit and a Credit.
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Barbara’s Answer

Hi there! I have been in Accounting and Finance for 25 years and my experience has been filled with "funny" things. You typically find dry witty people in finance roles and those are amongst the funniest people I have ever known. But, funny would not be a reason to choose Finance as a major. You can find funny interactions and environments and people with any degree or major. Hope that helps!
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Braxton’s Answer

Hi Lily!,

Both finance and accounting are great fields to be in! One thing to note is that you can work in both. I started in accounting for 4 years but then realized I wanted to work as a Financial Analyst so I made the switch over at the end of year 4. I would go into college with the mindset that both are great majors and there is a lot of interconnect between the two in the professional world.

The funniest thing I noticed about finance is the fact that they call accountants number crunchers but in reality, I do just as much if not more number crunching working in finance! Hope this helps!
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Bethany’s Answer

Hi Lily,

For me, the funniest thing about working in finance is the people that I work with. I enjoyed getting to know my colleagues at my company and connecting on our daily meetings starting with a different icebreaker question every day. They are a fun way to get to know your colleagues and make memories with silly answers. One question that has been asked in the past is "What skill would you love to be able to pick up and learn instantly?" or " If you could only eat one food forever what would it be and why?

Echoing Braxton, I have many friends that started out in accounting with accounting degrees that transitioned to finance and vice versa. There are so many great opportunities that you can explore in college as well. I started off my college journey as general business and after my classes in finance and accounting decided that I wanted to pursue accounting and the CPA. Both are great options and very applicable to many companies that require those prerequisite degrees! Best of luck to you in your future endeavors!
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David’s Answer

Life on the trading floor can definitely be entertaining. It's fast paced and high pressured. Trades can turn from successes to failures and vice versa very quickly, which can often lead to animated and emotional situations. In the moment they can be stressful, but looking back, people often share a laugh at these stories. Trading floors are always filled with a wide range of characters which often lead to entertaining exchanges.
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Jordan’s Answer

Hi Lily! I've worked in public accounting / internal audit for a little under 5 years. I think the most exciting part of working in this corner of finance is the diversity of projects / teams you get to work on. I consider public accounting a "sampler platter" of various company cultures, team environments, co-workers, etc. as you're constantly changing clients that you work with and teams that you're staffed on. Similarly, internal audit is also a "sampler platter" of various teams within a company, as you get to see behind-the-scenes of nearly every corner of a company. I'm a snoopy person by nature, so I love the variety and behind-the-scenes look my job offers.

Hope this helps!
Jordan
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