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A Change in Career Choice

James | future investment banker

As I enter [this school year], I begin to set goals for my desired career choices. High school as I see it is the first step in preparing for a career based on what college you will be attending. With this under consideration, I have decided to pursue a career in finance, specifically investment banking.

Investment banking is nothing short of a difficult job, especially for your first few years as an analyst. I want to be an investment banker because it is the kind of job where I can put on a suit, go to work a hard job not many can do, and get the paycheck I deserve at the end of the week. If I wish to get a job at a company as large as J.P. Morgan straight out of college, I would need a very impressive resume and educational background. Most successful investment bankers go to some of the best schools in the country for business and economics graduating at the top of their class! During their college endeavors, depending where they are going to school, future investment analysts will most likely get an internship at an investment company in order to be put under recommendation by their superiors. Somebody that would follow those steps or something along those lines would have a fairly good chance of getting a job offer immediately out of graduate school. As I was studying finances for a class I have called AP Human Geography, I stumbled upon what an investment banker does and it seems like a job I would surprisingly enjoy.

Getting to work with numbers by researching stock values and purchasing or selling commodities defines the educated white-collared worker, and that is my final career choice.

James's essay appears here as written, to preserve the young author’s unique voice and individual writing style. However, we have deleted personally identifiable information to protect the student’s privacy.