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Sep 27, 2005 3:25 am

I am interested in being a broker but have little to no idea where to
start. My degrees are in history and political science, but everyone i
spoke to agrees that my ability to sell a product is useful (i run
promotions for several companies on my campus and neighboring college
campuses, easy money and fun work).  Anyway, I have access to Pass
Perfect study material for the Series 7, should I bother studying that
now (i graduate in Dec. ) or should i concentrate on other aspects,
like learning about the job some more?

I know i want to do this, so far i have set up an interview with a
friends boss at AG edwards, mainly i want to ask questions about the
business, get an idea as to "what a day in the life of " is really
like. Anyway, i’m all over the place right now so would really
appreciate any help from you all…

Sep 27, 2005 7:51 pm

The biggest favor you can do yourself is to learn as much about the business as possible. The best way to do this now (if you have the time) is offer to intern for the firm and/or a broker. You might have to intern without pay, but a couple of months of this will give you a good idea of what it's like.

I would also read and learn the material for the Series 7.

Also, try to get a good, basic foundation in economics; if you don't have one already.

You have my sympathies. I graduated with a BS in Political Science and it's the most worthless degree there is. I enjoyed it immensely, but as far as having any real world practical application, forget it! I've now made it one of my personal missions in life to urge each college student I meet to get a real, practical skill in college. Minor in what you enjoy, major in what you can make a living at!

Sep 27, 2005 8:29 pm

I disagree with Doberman.  I think every student should get a liberal arts degree, or at least a good liberal education.  Teach students how to read critically and for real retention, to write, to do math (including time value of money and finance problems in addition to the calculus), and TO THINK FOR THEMSELVES.  Do you really think that all of those jackoffs running around with Communications, Marketing, and Business Administration degrees have something on you?  Give yourself more credit than that.  As for you insanehero, I’d hire you any day of the week over someone with a business degree.  Good luck to ya!