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All of the highest-paying jobs involve math: how to persevere when at a disadvantage?

SheenRSheenR - Posts: 207 Junior Member
edited July 2010 in Business Major
There is a trend when it comes to careers - not just but mostly those in business - that shows proficiency in mathematics is an extreme advantage when it comes to the highest-paying careers. Pretty much every job involving finance, economics, business, engineering, and more.

There are so many people around me that are naturally great with math, many of them are years younger than the regular high school kids, and their grades in advanced math classes average out far above 100. Others are the same age, yet still extremely and naturally proficient in mathematics. In fact, a lot of these people are not only naturals at math, but actually enjoy it.

I can make high grades in math. Will it take a great amount of hard work, much more work than the naturals have to put in? Yes. Do I enjoy doing math? No. Am I a masterful writer who hates reading? Absolutely. But that is aside from the point I suppose.

I enjoy studying the stock market. I know that I like a subject when I don't hate reading about it, and thus far I can tell the stock market is a subject for me to look into. Therefore, I can surmise that I will in the future attempt to secure a career as an investment banker. Yes, people will say you may not use anything more than basic arithmetic in finance, but I don't want to be at any disadvantage at all, be it microscopic or not.

I have some extreme competition, and they are all going to be Einsteins. My generation is insatiably greedy. This means more competition for a path to a baller lifestyle.

I don't love math. Then again, I don't love any other subject that is taught in school. I don't see how one can love anything that is mentally taxing, unless it is so easy to that person that they love to see how much better at it they are then those around them.

Do discuss this dilemma, and feel free to "put me in my place" because I am "just a sophomore." :)
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Replies to: All of the highest-paying jobs involve math: how to persevere when at a disadvantage?

  • Whistleblower1Whistleblower1 - Posts: 633 Member
    High IQ, low GPA, learn to memorize or become a barrista.
  • HeywatchitbuddyHeywatchitbuddy Registered User Posts: 153 Junior Member
    Be a lawyer. /thread
  • peachasopeachaso Registered User Posts: 335 Member
    He won't succeed at law if he hates to read.
  • ifailedcalculusifailedcalculus Registered User Posts: 180 Junior Member
    Investment bankers don't directly deal with the stock market. People who are on track for investment management careers do (Sales & Trading, Research, Private Wealth Management).
  • SheenRSheenR - Posts: 207 Junior Member
    Investment bankers don't directly deal with the stock market. People who are on track for investment management careers do (Sales & Trading, Research, Private Wealth Management).

    I would say that setting up IPOs is dealing with the stock market. And the job is called "investment banker." Pretty much every job in finance is affected by the stock market. Also, the famed exit opportunities that come after investment banking such as private equity and hedge funds deal directly with the stock market.

    Your user name does not exactly help you when you are talking about business :P

    To those who think I should become a shyster: I've always made all A's in math (save for the first semester of advanced geometry which involved proofs.) I am not a failure at math, I just have to work for it. If I wanted to be a lawyer, we would not be having this discussion :)

    My GPA is a 3.85 unweighted, most rigorous schedule. Please don't make uninformed assumptions, people.
  • commentcommentcommentcomment Registered User Posts: 733 Member
    with a 3.85 and good interviewing skills, you should be fine. Just network some and use your career services while in school. Get that summer internship junior year at a bank and network some more.

    What I will suggest is to know and learn which division of a investment bank you want to work in. People just throw out the word "investment banking" but most people are unfamiliar with the divisions and what each sector of IB does.

    Also, if you haven't already, I would suggest taking an intro comp sci and accounting 101 course. You can bs you way through finance and excel but it helps to actually learn accounting systematically.
  • JuggernautCos0JuggernautCos0 Registered User Posts: 163 Junior Member
    What is your major?
  • Whistleblower1Whistleblower1 - Posts: 633 Member
    SheenR, are you calling all lawyers sheisters? What about those who majored in Accounting and minored in Physics, Math, economics, and Finance?
  • SheenRSheenR - Posts: 207 Junior Member
    What is your major?

    B.S. in the art of high school.
  • spydersixspydersix Registered User Posts: 247 Junior Member
    lmao, Whistleblower are you in love with taxguy or something. Your name suites my claim.
  • DawgieDawgie Registered User Posts: 1,576 Senior Member
    I didn't read your thread, sucking at math doesn't mean much. Accounting is lucrative in the long run despite what most losers say. And someone else mentioned being a lawyer too.
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