“Fortunately, the (finance) field is large enough to accommodate different personalities, talents, and interests"
Associate Professional Specialist, Department of Finance
Mendoza College of Business
My undergraduate degree was in industrial engineering. As a requirement for graduation, during my last year I had to find employment and write a thesis that described a problem at work and a possible solution. Unfortunately, I had realized both through the classes at school and field trips to factories that I was not very excited about working directly with production processes.
However, the requirements were broad enough that I could apply the techniques that I had learned at school. I took an internship at a major local bank in Brazil, had an “ah ha” moment, and stayed in finance.
Since you’re already considering a finance major, you may not experience the same drastic career change that I underwent; however, you may find that there are some subfields of finance that are more appealing than others. For instance, I loved being a stock analyst for a portfolio manager but would have starved as an investment banker; others love investment banking and never leave it. Fortunately, the field is large enough to accommodate different personalities, talents, and interests.