There are so many areas in Finance, how did you select which area to become your career ? did you try most of them or did you just get lucky?
I am not experienced in most areas in Finance, I know what I might like but Im not sure I do, should I try to work in all areas until I figure out what I want ?
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As you allude, Finance is a broad category that covers many aspects. You could spend your life trying most of them but the problem with that is you want to really find your passion earlier than later to begin developing your career.
To answer your question, my decision was more of "educated luck" than anything else. My personal experience was similar to yours. I knew what I might like.... or in my case what I didn't want to do. I knew I am not a salesman, and that I'm not a strict Accountant type. This narrowed my desired search. From there I stayed open minded and asked a lot of questions during my interviews trying to see exactly what each entailed. After finding something that sounded like there was room to learn and develop (which were two facets I found particularly appealing), I thought I would give it a try and put all my effort into it and learned to love it.
So my advice to you would be to think about what you are looking for, isolate what jobs you could not see doing the rest of your life, and ask lots of questions with experts in each field. You will find most people are more than willing to talk about themselves and you will know exactly what you would be getting into.
I like the other two answers and would also add that internships are a great way to find out more about what roles you may or may not enjoy. Personally I had to try out a couple jobs before getting an idea of what role I ultimately wanted to go for. Having the opportunity to intern with a large company that has many different departments might be a good idea for you. It will give you exposure to different areas of finance over a short period of time.
If an internship is not an option or does not get you what you are looking for, consider looking for a job with a company that is willing to pay for your licensing and will pay you while you are gaining industry experience and learning more about what role will be the best fit for you. Attaining your licenses will open up your options and can be expensive if you have to pay for them out of pocket.
It depends on your personality and the topics you are stronger at. If you are more outgoing you can do a sales job. If you are more Analytical you can do research, develop quant models. If you like a fast pace, you can do trading.