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Old 29-09-2019, 05:15 AM
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This thread is years old, but I thought I'd add a positive perspective for anyone else Google sends here.

If you're struggling to get a 'core' finance role, you can always go the long way round and start in a support function. Finance companies all have marketing, IT, HR departments etc. Once you're in the door, you can start working your way towards a finance role.

I switched over to financial marketing in my late 20s. I could demonstrate a basic knowledge of the industry due to my academic background in economics and it was clear from my CV that I could work under the expected level of pressure.

I would say a CFA (foundation or Level I) would definitely interest a potential employer if you went for something like a marketing job. It wouldn't be enough on its own, but the negativity in here is OTT.

The direct route is obviously the most profitable, but if you happened not to choose to major in finance (or maths/physics/engineering) when you were a teenager, the door isn't completely shut.


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