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Old 08-06-2019, 11:12 AM
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Also worth stating, there's nothing necessarily wrong with a boring job. I used to be a math teacher. It was not boring. I HATED it.
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I love taking tests. I picked the QFI track and I actually can say I really enjoy the exam material.

I find that I love investment work, because its the most math-ey (AKA quantitative). I guess my advice to you would be to pass your tests, stay humble and branch out when you have more experience.

Its hard to keep that in perspective, at least for me.
Out of curiosity, if you prefer math-ey investment work, why did you end up doing investment stuff at a life insurer? Wouldn't it be more satisfying to work in capital market/hedge fund in larger/more prestigious financial intuition? Is it because of the barrier to entry?
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Clearly, some people in this thread should've gone with P&C: harder exams, more interesting work.
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When I was taking exams I enjoyed them more than the work as well, but for me it was more about the structure. Work is work, all year round, but exams have a set schedule, and I needed some of that structure to balance my ADHD tendencies. It wasn't that I loved studying, I just loved knowing the timeline and having something unambiguous to focus on, where success or failure was obvious. It was a good transition from school to work. As I've progressed in my career, I've gotten more comfortable with the less binary view of success and failure that defines a career, but that's not to say I don't miss the old days.
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Here is what I enjoy in order:

Hobbies > creative work > studying > boring work

Most jobs will have a mixture of creativity and boredom.
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Hobbies > creative work > studying > boring work

Most jobs will have a mixture of creativity and boredom.
That sounds about right. I've been pretty lucky in that most of my career has been creative work...
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That sounds about right. I've been pretty lucky in that most of my career has been creative work...
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random note-Grad school is turning into everything I dreamed it would be. The antidote to my boring job. Passionate people. Incredible research opportunities. So much cool shit going on. Great projects to join. My classmate expressed the same boredom in his mech career. I think boredom is a common problem for really smart people
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