So this past week, I have accepted a job working for the man. While I thought I would have to reflect more on the morality of working in the financial industry I found that it wasn’t a hard decision at all.
I began working temporarily at an investment firm downtown as an assistant to a team of brokers whose assistant was on maternity leave. My plan was to put in my 5 weeks while looking for a non-profit job. I never guessed that I would want to find a more permanent home there. I went into the financial industry with little to no understanding of the industry. Within days I learned more than I could possibly imagine and was positively challenged in way I have never been challenged before. I am always on my toes and never bored.
While I felt completely out of my element when I began there (I'm a Women's Studies major!), I have become more comfortable with the financial industry and am slowly making it my element. I am constantly learning and building on my understanding of the financial industry. Because it is not my background, I am constantly challenged to learn new things and am always on my toes. I enjoy forming relationships with clients and helping them manage their money effectively, whether by discussing their accounts with them or through administrative tasks. I also enjoy working closely with the brokers and forming a close working relationship with them.
This is not to say there is not a lot to criticize, as there is a lot to criticize about everything. For me, deconstructing the economy and how business works in “our” society is part of the fun. It makes me more engaged with the work. I am also a firm believer that 99% of people with a job are somehow in someway working for the man. Some people just work a little closer.
So I was offered a job last week as a client associate with a very successful and impressive team of brokers that I will learn a lot from and grow a lot with (not bad for only being in the industry as a temp for less than 5 weeks). I will continue to learn and be challenged and will soon become even more of a hermit as I study for my Series 7 exam.