I started my career on the traditional investment side as a research analyst. I transitioned to ‘fintech’ (before this was a term) about ten years ago & it was the best personal decision I could have made.
Whilst I enjoyed investment research, I found my real passion was creating solutions for the investment industry. There is something about ‘making things’ (albeit software is quite intangible) that is hugely satisfying. I knew the exact pains of the investment domain well, so this helped tremendously in transitioning to the ‘fintech’ space.
Learn to code. If you are moving into the fin-tech space, it will definitely be beneficial to have some programming/coding exposure. Even if you don’t do the actual coding yourself, it helps being able ot talk the same language as the devs.