I am completing my NS soon. I have a diploma that’s suitable for the Creative industry.I want to join the financial industry but I do not have any finance background. Is a total career shift too late? - Seedly
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Asked on 21 Nov 2018

I am completing my NS soon. I have a diploma that’s suitable for the Creative industry.I want to join the financial industry but I do not have any finance background. Is a total career shift too late?

Do I need to be paper qualified to join this industry?

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Rais M
Rais M
Level 7. Grand Master
Updated on 27 Feb 2020

Never too late to switch. Our government are also encourage people in the 40s to have a career swtich too, and you should be in your early 20s.

Financial industry is a little tricky. There are certain basic skills that must be learnt in school. Do consider getting your paper qualifications. In the meantime, please also try to see if any company is willing to hire a junior positon and is willing to teach and guide you as well.

Good luck. :)​​​

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MT2020
MT2020
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 27 Feb 2020

It is not too late, you are still young and still have tons of time to persue what you really love.

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You Xin Toh
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered on 19 Nov 2019

It's never too late to pick up a new skill and apply it in your career of choice.

Ideally, it's important to know which career path you would like to embark on base on your personal interests and passion before making a decision and acting on it.

Having the necessary academic qualifications may only get you through the door, the rest is about gaining work experiences and applying the knowledge you have.

Stay focus and go for it.

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Jason Sin
Jason Sin
Level 8. Wizard
Answered on 30 Nov 2018

No, it is not too late as you are still young. Perhaps you could take up a course in finance to see if you really like finance before deciding on what path to take. Just my humble opinion.

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Yixiong Chang
Yixiong Chang
Level 7. Grand Master
Updated on 07 Jun 2019

It depends which specific area are u refering to. If u are refering to sales (personal sales), then there will just be some regulatary papers u need to take. Those are fairly simple.

If u want to go into corporate, then you probably should try to get a degree.

You have not started on your career, so it is still early. =D

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21 Nov 2018

Banking/ insurance/ investment kind
Yixiong Chang
Yixiong Chang

21 Nov 2018

Insurance (sales - think insurance agent) u just need a few regulatory papers. Insurance (actuary - u will prob need a degree in statistic or related field). The others like banking, u probably will need at least a degree. Investment side will need a relevant qualification. You can look at getting CFA if u want to go into banking related field. In short, going into sales will usually do not need any relevant qualification (except getting the required regulatory cert). There are also operations (back office) in banking. But i believe u are not interested in them.