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Old 05-11-2011, 03:54 PM
rs1
 
Location: CT
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I can tell you that it'll be quite difficult for you to begin the investment/financial analyst track now. That's one of the more competitive fields out there, where Ivy League type degrees are common.

You didn't say where you went to school, but at your age and with your degrees, you wouldn't be a textbook hire even as an entry-level analyst. And as for Business school, I think you'd have to go to a top 20 type school to have a real shot of getting into that field.

Lastly, there's still a lot of people with experience in investment analysis who are out of work and looking to get back in.

I'm not saying it's impossible, but it all strikes me as a stretch. I can understand why geography isn't active right now, but I'm not sure why you'd pick something that's also tremendously competitive. You say you'd like to be an analyst, but have you been actively investing in stocks on your own for years now? That's the kind of thing funds look for - and "I don't have any money to invest" isn't a satisfactory answer.

If I were you, I'd think some more about ways to utilize your existing degrees. I would have to believe there's a way to build a career you'll enjoy out of them. Good luck.
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Old 06-11-2011, 12:23 AM
 
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Thanks, but unfortunately my 2 degrees are worthle$$ paper holders.

If you want a career, you need a major in something relevant, like business.
I have NO experience investing, BUT I know for my own good I will need to know money and investing to build my own retirement account.

Hence, I would like to know for somebody with my background, how can I get into finance?
I would like to be a research analyst/portfolio manager for pensions plans, that type of thing.

Should I go back to school first and get a degree...get a job with XXXX and hope they pay for school.

Basically, what makes sense on how I can get from here to there?
If school, what degree should I get (MS Finance or Investment Management or MBA) or who should I try to get work with now in the hopes they can pay for my degree?

Guidance PLEASE!
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:27 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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You can do it, but it may be a long road. You will need to go back to school and get another degree most likely in finance (also get a good dose of accounting in there as well) to be taken seriously. Then you'll need to work your way up the analyst ranks. An MBA may likely be helpful for you as well, but most good programs expect a couple years of work experience before they accept you. You may also end up benefitting from a CFA down the road, but that is a pretty brutal three-year road in and of itself. Even if you don't end up directly in the investment world right away, a finance degree with a strong GPA from a decent school (doesn't have to be a Harvard) should do well for you. You'll also want to do everything you can during the school time to build out your supplemental qualifications - i.e., if there are organizations you can be a part of, part-time or full-time internships you can have, etc.
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Old 06-11-2011, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas/Worldwide
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Thanks, but unfortunately my 2 degrees are worthle$$ paper holders.

If you want a career, you need a major in something relevant, like business.
I have NO experience investing, BUT I know for my own good I will need to know money and investing to build my own retirement account.

Hence, I would like to know for somebody with my background, how can I get into finance?
I would like to be a research analyst/portfolio manager for pensions plans, that type of thing.

Should I go back to school first and get a degree...get a job with XXXX and hope they pay for school.

Basically, what makes sense on how I can get from here to there?
If school, what degree should I get (MS Finance or Investment Management or MBA) or who should I try to get work with now in the hopes they can pay for my degree?

Guidance PLEASE!
I have a undergrad degree in business-marketing with a minor in management.......useless.........
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:30 AM
 
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I think that instead of going back to school, first you should get in contact with the company where you interned. Haggle them for any tips, openings, advice and see what comes out of it.
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