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Java Developer vs Financial Advisor

 
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Recently, I learned that lots of people in the IT industry changed career during the economic downturn and have since become brokerage firm financial advisors - interface with clients and provide advices on allocating and invest money).

According to the forecast issued by the US Department of Labor last week, both financial services and technology are among the categories projected to be in demand in the future.

These days, I am receiving phone calls from recruiters from both industries - IT and financial advisory. I would like to gather viewpoints about the prospects of these two different career paths.
 
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Hi,

Java Developer is very much a general employment opportunities whereas Financial Advisor is very much as can you identify yourself as similar to those people holding the green bags. Based on your name here, I would said why's not?

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MCao
 
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The problem with both professions is that they're offshorable, and while I'm feeling better about IT these days, I still have reservations about the long term.

For that matter, I have serious reservations about figures from the US Dept of Labor. Demand for skills, after all, doesn't mean that those skills will be recruited from the local economy. In a global economy, being part of a growth industry is only part of the equation. What you really want is being part of an industry that's doing the growing where you want to live.

My own personal financial advisor works for one of the larger concerns, well known for having moved 6-figure analyst jobs overseas. Mostly she's just a voice on the phone and we probably haven't met face-to-face in 10 years. But she's my advisor and I've already gone on record that should they attempt to offshore her job, my account leaves them and goes straight on a one-way trip to an online brokerage.

Unfortunately, Java developers don't get that kind of support.
 
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Hi,

If offshoreable is your primary fear, then your new endeavor exploration trip is very limited.

If someone sane enough listen to a voice on the phone or internet when dealing with something you hold dearly to your heart is beyond my imagination.

Regards,
MCao
 
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