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Default Arts degree holder working in media industry - thinking to switch to finance

what are the steps I should consider taking?

the master prog and stuffs?

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what are the steps I should consider taking?

the master prog and stuffs?
you will stay a better chance if you fit the following descripion :

1) Depends if you are good looking.
2) High IQ & EQ
3) Excellent academic track record in school, preferably branded university
4) Stay in landed property because parents are rich <-- they often use this to determine if you have smart & capable parents, if they are.. the child can't be that worst off..

If you are just another face on the street with mediocre background & ordinary grades.... you might want to try something else afer a few attempts... These days finance sector is a cut-throat inductry.. they only recruit the best becos they know the pay well.. Since all the top talents are flocking into finance.... If you are not good enough.. you'll be sack and replaced in no time...... Good luck!

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you will stay a better chance if you fit the following descripion :

1) Depends if you are good looking.
2) High IQ & EQ
3) Excellent academic track record in school, preferably branded university
4) Stay in landed property because parents are rich <-- they often use this to determine if you have smart & capable parents, if they are.. the child can't be that worst off..

If you are just another face on the street with mediocre background & ordinary grades.... you might want to try something else afer a few attempts... These days finance sector is a cut-throat inductry.. they only recruit the best becos they know the pay well.. Since all the top talents are flocking into finance.... If you are not good enough.. you'll be sack and replaced in no time...... Good luck!
Seriously wtf?
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what are the steps I should consider taking?

the master prog and stuffs?
I had a diploma in mass comm from np, dabbled in advertising and decided to do a uol finance degree.
Now I'm working in Singapore's biggest foreign bank , so I hope ny insights will be useful.

The finance industry is huge and you have to be very clear on what you want. I assume you want to do sales (banker, RM, treasury , investment consultant). Demonstrate a passion for the industry by constantly reading up on Bloomberg etc. To be honest, the interview is the most important...I had 5 rounds of interviews. The degree is just to get you to the door.to actually enter, you really have to know your products (this does not apply to a certain big blue local bank that pretty much calls their insurance agents "bankers"). Most of the foreign banks here will require you to take additional examinations; in my case, I had to sit for 16 papers including cmfas. Fail any paper more then 3x and you are kicked out. You have a steep learning curve; structured products and derivatives are difficult to understand, much less sell. But the rewards are there too; my starting pay as a fresh grad was in the upper range of 3k+, and that is basic, before commission. My seniors are driving bmws at 28 years old...but they work Damn bloody hard for their money. Everyday is packed with appointments and when the market moves and your clients investments lose money, be prepared to hand hold them through the whole process. Just ha've a positive mindset and remind yourself that it's the interview not the degree that gets you the job
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I had a diploma in mass comm from np, dabbled in advertising and decided to do a uol finance degree.
Now I'm working in Singapore's biggest foreign bank , so I hope ny insights will be useful.

The finance industry is huge and you have to be very clear on what you want. I assume you want to do sales (banker, RM, treasury , investment consultant). Demonstrate a passion for the industry by constantly reading up on Bloomberg etc. To be honest, the interview is the most important...I had 5 rounds of interviews. The degree is just to get you to the door.to actually enter, you really have to know your products (this does not apply to a certain big blue local bank that pretty much calls their insurance agents "bankers"). Most of the foreign banks here will require you to take additional examinations; in my case, I had to sit for 16 papers including cmfas. Fail any paper more then 3x and you are kicked out. You have a steep learning curve; structured products and derivatives are difficult to understand, much less sell. But the rewards are there too; my starting pay as a fresh grad was in the upper range of 3k+, and that is basic, before commission. My seniors are driving bmws at 28 years old...but they work Damn bloody hard for their money. Everyday is packed with appointments and when the market moves and your clients investments lose money, be prepared to hand hold them through the whole process. Just ha've a positive mindset and remind yourself that it's the interview not the degree that gets you the job
Do you need to be a Cecilia to be wildly successful?
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Now I'm working in Singapore's biggest foreign bank , so I hope ny insights will be useful.
"shitty" bank?
I thought looks was all that is needed to get in.


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