When most of us hear the term “financial services,” we think of a bank teller, or maybe someone who knows about the stock market. Plenty of those folks work in this industry, of course, but there are countless other positions that make it run. In fact, the financial services industry probably has more similarities to the military than is obvious.
“Veterans have a sense of service to country before self. In this field we protect our clients and people in our communities with proper financial planning,” says Ciara Salina, senior associate, Field Recruiting Development & Prospecting, New York Life. “Some of the traits that we look for are discipline, commitment, drive, a willingness to be coached and motivation. Veterans typically possess these traits and qualities, which is why I look for them.”
And no, you don’t necessarily have to know a lot about money to be successful in this field, although a willingness to learn about it (and how to manage it) certainly helps.
Read on to learn more about veterans who have made the transition to the civilian financial services industry.