For the average American, understanding the stock market and knowing where to try and put your money to invest in retirement savings or a college fund can be very intimidating. Luckily, there are many people who have pursued a career in investment advising and are trained in the nuances of our economy and what the best options for any specific investment situation are. For those interested in business and economics, this could be a great career option. Jeff Van Wart, president of King Capital Advisors, talks about his career in the financial sector.
What degree program did you study?
“I have a B.B.A. in Finance with a double minor in Economics and History from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX.”
What does your current job entail?
“I am the President of King Capital Advisors, an investment advisory firm in Houston.”
What is your favorite part of your daily duties?
“Working on strategic investments and the satisfaction of helping those in need and who have been ill-advised.”
Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?
“College always prepares one for organization and time management no matter the degree. A large portion of the knowledge comes through actual job experience.”
Have you participated in any form of continuing education?
“It is mandatory to take a certain amount of continuing education in the financial services industry. Much is focused on compliance. I also serve on a bank board which is a constant education regarding where local businesses and the economy stands.”
Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?
“The most important aspect of this career is the ability to communicate. One must communicate with all types of individuals and must be able to communicate ideas directly. It is equally important to be able to carefully listen [and] identify client needs.”
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