What do you want to be when you grow up? Like many others, I was asked that question time and time again. The answer changed a lot. In childhood I wanted to be a vet, in high school I was going to be a marine biologist, for a time after high school I was going to get my 100 ton captain’s license, and when I started my degree program I was going to be an X-ray tech. After a few degree changes in college, I finally settled on being an accountant. I figured that it was a solid degree, numbers make sense to me, and the job market is always in need of more accountants. I settled on that career not for the love of it, but really for the job market security.
In the last year of my degree program, I had the opportunity to intern with Alaska Permanent Capital Management. The internship immersed me in the world of finance. It allowed me to work both with the institutional and the private wealth sides of the business – learning all about what the finance industry has to offer. I’m a people person, so naturally I leaned toward working with the private wealth team. I appreciated how the advisors treated their clients as more than just customers. They purposefully create solid and lasting relationships with their clientele. However, it was also the strategy involved in financial planning that helped me decide to become a financial planner.
I can safely say I have found my passion. The more I learn, the more I love it. I’m learning a lot every day and enjoying every moment. To love what you do, you also have to love who you do it with. The team is built of talented individuals who are also passionate about financial planning and serving clients. I could not have asked for a better group of people to learn from and be mentored by. A year ago, I would have never imagined being where I am today. Through a series of unplanned life events, I have decided what I want to be when I grow up. As Warren Buffet says, “The secret to tap dancing to work every day, is finding your passion.”
Associate Financial Advisor