I would very much appreciate an honest opinion.. I am preparing for a career change from education to financial planning.
I'll start with what I don't have:
I am 29 years old and have a Ba in history and a teaching certificate and have been teaching overseas for the past five years. I have limited experience in finance, only having worked as a retail banker for a short time, and have not been living/working in an environment condusive to acquiring financial planning skills since leaving the US.
Now on to what I do have:
I have the time, money, and determination to obtain the skills and qualifications necessary to work in personal finance. I sat for the CFP after a ten month capstone course just before my sojourn and came very close to passing, so I know what I'm getting into.
My fiance and I agree that teaching is not something that will lead to happiness when we move back to the states (due to no child left behind, low salary etc), but I was stimulated by the challenge of the CFP, loved learning to manage and plan finances, and feel that a lot of what I love about teaching will translate over to financial counseling.
I am looking at the Kansas State online Ma in personal finance and will be able to put 20+ hours per week into the work without going into debt.
But is it unrealistic to expect employment after completion of the program and passing the CFP exam? I would expect to work low-level sales jobs to gain experience but would hope to advance to better positions upon being awarded the CFP with 3 years' experience.
Thanks for your thoughts!