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Old 05-12-2013, 12:35 AM
 
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Hello CD,

I would like advice for my career. First I will tell you about myself. I just graduated with a finance degree. 2.70 GPA about 2.95 in major. I have a job in the mortgage industry that pays $40,000 right now, but I do not see much growth potential with this job. I am interested in analysts jobs, as I enjoy doing work in excel, finding trends, and making predictions. I expect I won't qualify for a better job, that pays $60k starting until I've at least put in 2 solid years of work due to my low GPA. I would like to be in financial service/banking, but I don't want to do sales.

Based on this information, what jobs do you think I can shoot for in a couple years? In the San Francisco area btw.

Thank you in advance for your advice!
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:55 AM
 
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Most businesses don't care about your GPA. Your GPA matters when you are applying for internships or grad school. Most businesses only want to see your work experience, internships, major, and university. You can try to get hired as a personal banker at a major bank and work your way up from there. Most financial services jobs will be sales related, at least in the beginning of your career.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:33 AM
 
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I enjoy ______ making predictions.
Then you have certainly come to the right place for advice. Most everybody posting on this board is all about making predictions.

Good luck in your search. (And making sense of what you will read here)
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:21 AM
 
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Hello CD,

I would like advice for my career. First I will tell you about myself. I just graduated with a finance degree. 2.70 GPA about 2.95 in major. I have a job in the mortgage industry that pays $40,000 right now, but I do not see much growth potential with this job. I am interested in analysts jobs, as I enjoy doing work in excel, finding trends, and making predictions. I expect I won't qualify for a better job, that pays $60k starting until I've at least put in 2 solid years of work due to my low GPA. I would like to be in financial service/banking, but I don't want to do sales.

Based on this information, what jobs do you think I can shoot for in a couple years? In the San Francisco area btw.

Thank you in advance for your advice!
Go to the career center at your university, find out who is actively recruiting and who is not. Next, go to the US Department of Commerce and find the Bureau of Labor Statistics, look up what they predict will be the jobs going forward. Just a heads up, most won't need a college degree. Then go and find current jobs created, a list also created by the BLS. That will tell you what jobs are currently available. Heads up, most don't need a college degree also.

If you want to be an analyst, the most important factor is finding out source data. For jobs, that's mostly the provence of the BLS. Next would be industry journals, some of which post job solicitations. I wouldn't take those at face value, many times employers will post phony job openings, in order to give the impression that no Americans qualify for the position, and therefore, they'll need to go overseas, in order to find someone who will work for a lot less.

CD is not source data. You probably will be wasting your time asking for anyone to predict what's going to happen or for job career prospects. Best advice, be damn happy that you have a job in the finance industry that pays you any salary, forget about coming to a part of the country that is the most expensive in the nation, that is saturated with MBA's/CPA's/quants, and just do the best you can. The finance industry is downsizing, that includes RE financing. Stick with what's you gots, forget the rest...
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:44 AM
 
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Op might do better posting his question in the Business forum.
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Then you have certainly come to the right place for advice. Most everybody posting on this board is all about making predictions.

Good luck in your search. (And making sense of what you will read here)
and we love to give advise, we are usually not right, but we still continue to give it, right? Now Op, what made you decide to post this on the California thread. Do you think we have more knowledge about the future and your future here than on another forum.
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Old 05-12-2013, 01:23 PM
 
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Thank you all for your advice! I am definitely not giving up my current job unless I get a better one lined up. As for being a personal banker, I think that would kind of be a demotion from my current position and I don't want to work up in another company just to get to where I am now.

I apologize for not posting in the business section, this was my first post! Still getting used to this site, but I stumbled across this forum and wanted to join in.
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