Whether we like it or not, money is always a big part of our lives. It rules where we live, what we wear, what we eat and even where we work. As more and more modern careers require close links to money, many companies are having to hire specific staff to deal with the financial side of their business. You may be someone who is intimidated by money – maybe you’ve never been good at keeping track of your spending, and would rather splurge than save. Or, on the other hand, perhaps you have always been vigilant with money and enjoy organising your personal finances. If the latter sounds like you, a career in finance might be right up your street.
There are plenty of options to choose from, so take a look at what could be your dream job.
Becoming a financial advisor is perfect for those people who have previously overcome a financial hardship in their own lives. Perhaps you got into serious debt at one point or had an unexpected medical emergency to pay for. Whatever your history, you will need to have a certain level of empathy with your clients in order to excel in this job. With this in mind, a lot of financial advisors have degrees in psychology, as they need to be able to read people’s emotions when advising them. Money can be a stressful topic, so you’ll need to be able to keep your clients calm. You’ll need to undergo an official training scheme and then you will be eligible to start at a small firm.
Accountancy is a popular career choice for those who are naturally good with money, as it doesn’t require a university degree. It is also a popular career choice as it provides a stable income. The average wage for an accountant or auditor is around $61,000. But, accountants working at top firms can easily earn over $100,000 per year. Rather than taking a random degree, you can apply for accounting degrees and certifications at specific schools. You with then need to decide whether to specialize in public accounting or in corporate and business accounting. Many training schools allow you to do the job alongside studying, but you will still need to pass your CPA exams in order to become qualified. If you are only looking for a part time role but still like the idea of accountancy, why not apply to be a bookkeeper?
Teacher or lecturer
In order to be good with money, you generally have to be good at maths. There will be times where you don’t have the time to spend ages on one calculation, so a good thorough knowledge and quick mental skills are vital. If you are also a good public speaker, why not put these skills to your advantage and become a maths teacher? Maths is an area of the curriculum many students struggle with, but it can also be ‘make or break’ when it comes to their careers. If you like passing on your knowledge and spending your days talking figures, teaching could be perfect for you.