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Postby Rory » Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:37 am

DoingHomework wrote:Um, I have a PhD, an MBA, and 3 master's degrees in technical subjects. I have been a C-level executive, a consultant, including to high levels of government, and various other things while earning those degrees. It takes hard work of course, and time, but it can be done.

never said it couldnt be done, just takes a special situation and person. All the better for you to have more and what not but a large amount of the professional business world is underemployed right now so i hope they are helping you out
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Postby DoingHomework » Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:49 am

Rory wrote:never said it couldnt be done, just takes a special situation and person. All the better for you to have more and what not but a large amount of the professional business world is underemployed right now so i hope they are helping you out


Well, I climbed the ladder pretty quickly and made decent money through the 90s. Cashed out as a C-level about 8 years ago with stock options near the peak. I was under 40. Got the last masters degree after that and now make more than most finance geeks working in a cushy job as a scientist. I could retire any time but I'm having too much fun. One of these days I'll retire and maybe work in finance for the heck of it for a few years. I'd take a huge pay cut but so what?

So yeah, I guess it worked out for me.

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Postby Rory » Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:12 pm

DoingHomework wrote:Well, I climbed the ladder pretty quickly and made decent money through the 90s. Cashed out as a C-level about 8 years ago with stock options near the peak. I was under 40. Got the last masters degree after that and now make more than most finance geeks working in a cushy job as a scientist. I could retire any time but I'm having too much fun. One of these days I'll retire and maybe work in finance for the heck of it for a few years. I'd take a huge pay cut but so what?

So yeah, I guess it worked out for me.


as long as your happy man, thats all that matters. glad things worked out well for you and your hard work, sadly same cant be said for everybody, but you gotta try
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Postby PlatinumAMEX94 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:52 am

kcarter609 wrote:Hi guys,
I'm in the hiring process for a certain job right now, but if that doesn't pan out, I'm not sure what I'm going to do. Over the last few months I've thought about some sort of finance degree, since I really love math and numbers and I'm good at it. I just don't want to be a run of the mill accountant or someone stuck working at a bank for a mediocre $40k salary or something.

So I was wondering if anyone has any experience/input on this industry, is the pay good, what's the best option, etc.

Just kicking the idea around.


What is it about finance that intrigues you? Is it the money? The lifestyle? Be sure you know what you want and why before you chase after your pipe dreams. If you are after the big paychecks then you need to be in a recession proof industry, like energy, gas & electric. PM me if you are interested, I am always looking for talent.
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Postby kcarter609 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:09 pm

PlatinumAMEX94 wrote:What is it about finance that intrigues you? Is it the money? The lifestyle? Be sure you know what you want and why before you chase after your pipe dreams. If you are after the big paychecks then you need to be in a recession proof industry, like energy, gas & electric. PM me if you are interested, I am always looking for talent.


What interests me about finance is a) I love numbers. I can process a lot of math in my head before people can enter it into a calculator. b) I love knowing how to use the system to my advantage instead of being a slave to it. c) I love to educate people on everything they do wrong with money.

I do want a big paycheck, but I also want something that interests me. Being in Energy, Gas, and Electric could provide all of that, as long as I was doing the right things in the right departments. I wouldn't mind being an engineer either. Just something that I get to use numbers on and that requires use of my brain instead of being a robot.

What do you mean you are always looking for new talent? What do you do?

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Postby PlatinumAMEX94 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:05 pm

I broker/sell gas/electric in 16 different states. I keep a percentage of the utility bill as long as my customers pay their bill. Yes, seriously. I am also a recruiter looking for talent. People who can do what I do. You don't need to know how to run big numbers in my business. I ask people if they want to save money on their bills, they say yes, I get a new customer.
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