How to make a drastic career change

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Andrew Woodburn

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield received the following question from a listener:

“I am a 26-year-old resident engineer for a consultancy. Every night I catch The Money Show on my way home. The more I listen the more I find myself drawn to a career in finance.

“It’s fast and fascinating, but I have no clue where to start. I know there was a trend a few years back by Absa Capital to employ engineers, but I am not sure if this trend carries on today.

“Is it possible to make a move with just my engineering qualifications if I get my foot in the door somewhere, or do I need to go and study first?”

Whitfield interviewed Andrew Woodburn, Executive Search Expert and Managing Director at Woodburn Mann.

Woodburn tried to answer the listener’s question.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

You definitely don’t need a degree in finance to work in a bank!

Andrew Woodburn

Be good at what you do. A bank won’t hire a poor engineer.

Andrew Woodburn

Do you know someone in banking?

Andrew Woodburn

Go back to school.

Andrew Woodburn

Pick a stepping stone on the way to where you want to be.

Andrew Woodburn

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