What are your feelings about this? I'm new to the industry, mid 20s. This is a dream career, and I know that the failure rate is high. I passed the 7, 66, and insurance tests so I'm ready (as far as licensing issues).
When I was hired, I felt like this was a perfect situation. A couple years of salary plus a (severely) discounted commission grid to help get me started. However, now I'm worried that they won't let me take off the training wheels when I'm ready. I'm learning the assistant side of the biz (paperwork, wiring, transferring, etc) as well as how to deal w prospects/clients. I actually like learning the secretarial type work bc at some point, I could see myself as an independent. And to get things off the ground, it'd be nice if I could be a one man show until I felt comfortable shelling out for a quality assistant.
Anyway, I'm running into trouble building biz and I'm starting to get frustrated. My manager is used to dealing with experienced FA's. They bring in their book, get some branch referrals and they're good to go. But me? I have no book, and I'm getting 3-4 referrals a MONTH from bank employees. I asked if I could start cold calling. No, I can't. So I'm supposed to just sit around and try to milk referrals out of the employees. I work with small branches(6-10 employees each), am I wrong to think they will never keep me busy enough?
I understand I need to be patient and learn more about the biz, but I'm starting to rethink my stance.
So, yes, I am b!tching and moaning. Just looking for unbiased advice. Feel free to rip me, it'd be better than me continuing to mull this over in my head.