In high school, I was a big computer geek. I enjoyed it and I feel that I’m a “natural” at picking technical skills up quick.
I came from a poor family and was the first to go to college so I was very far removed from knowing anything about investments, stocks, markets, or anything related to that.
I went to college and graduated with a technical degree. I started working as a business analyst for a F500 company. As we are (or were) all enamored with the finance industry, I started the process to start making the move from the first job. I got lucky and joined a hedge fund as a macro analyst. I looked at macro data and tried to come up with investing ideas. The problem was that, there’s just so much information to digest each day and be up to date on everything possible for when people ask you questions, and I had trouble picking things up. It didn’t come “natural” to me. Computer/IT skills I can pick up much quicker than others, but not this.
I enjoy the markets but I’m not sure if I’m passionate about it. This experience at the hedge fund left a sour taste in my mouth but I also don’t want to be a permanent IT guy as a career. I want to use this hedge fund work experience but I’m questioning if I’m made for this career path.
Are you passionate about the markets or are you just following the herd?
Interested in hearing from market related professionals because I think it’s a different level of committment/passion compared to corporate finance, accounting, ER, and less stressful desk jobs like that.