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- Senior at non-target
- Finance major
- Only field-related experience was a summer bank internship during high school; absolutely despised it save for the pay (shallow, yeah, I know, but the pay was good for a hs student)
- Resume consists of mostly volunteer experience and working with/teaching kids (which I enjoy, but don't know if I can turn that into teaching)
- Contacted alumni (via alumni directory) and got some replies back; most suggested I study abroad and some general advice like "Find your passion and go for it"
- Good grades all around; solid GPA with some EC's
I've consulted with all of my professors from freshman year to now. Classes started 2 days ago and I've already set up meetings with advisors and professors. I talked to my advisor yesterday and told him about my parents pushing Finance as my major and how I was unsure about what I wanted to do. I mentioned working a 9-to-5 job and he responded by asking me to imagine my life in 3 years, working a job that didn't interest me. He gave an example of the typical person working a 9-to-5, accepting what life has turned into, and always hoping for more but never pursuing his/her interests/passions.
While he had a point, I tried to rationalize that people have bills to pay and I, too, will need $. I want to be as realistic as possible, but I have no clue where to start. I told him I like working with people, getting down deep into how others think, analyzing problems, and trying to figure out solutions. He saw my grade sheet and noticed that I was getting good grades in almost all of my classes (nothing less than a B+). He replied that I'm a front-office guy, so he suggested I research:
- Wealth management
- Consultant (research McKinsey & Co.)
- Project Management / Info. Systems (the tech side in me)
I know this is vague, but I'd appreciate it if I could get some input. I can also e-mail my resume to those who can take a spare minute or two of their time to check it out for me.
Thanks a lot. I really do appreciate it (both lulz and serious posts that will surely follow).
PS - I figured I didn't need to go over the whole Asian parents thing. To put it simply, they're fronting my tuition (I commute) and as such, believe they have overall say regarding my major/career path.
Edited by pseudonym - 7/2/12 at 8:19pm