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At 37, am I too old to switch careers?

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Friday, 25 March 2011 14:34
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I am now 37 and have been working in the import/export industry for 10 years. Before that, I worked in the hotel industry for two years after completing my economics studies abroad.

Although my present job is stable, I am starting to wonder if I should stay in this field. As you know, the import/export industry in Hong Kong is diminishing, as many buyers now prefer to deal directly with Mainland suppliers. Also, I work at a small company, the livelihood of which depends on just a few accounts. Accordingly, I feel that now might be a good time to switch career paths.

I love learning and spend some of my leisure time studying finance at HKUSPACE. As a result I am now a qualified as a stock dealer. To further expand my knowledge, I am now pursuing a CFA qualification.

I sent a large number of resumes to financial institutions for positions in equity research, sales support and financial journalism. The feedback, however, was disappointing. The only interviews I could get were for frontline positions, making the stock broker FX dealer positions my only option. As far as I know, the basic salary of broker is not high, and some even require the meeting of sales targets.

I got married two years ago but do no have any plans to have children, and thus will not have any heavy financial burdens.

However, I am already 37 and am also a little introverted.

Am I too old to start in financial field? Is it worth my trying for the above posts?

Would much appreciate your guidance.

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