Asked by Josue Morataya  |  Submitted January 15, 2015

Is getting a bachelors in both international business and finance a good investment of time in the long run?

Job opportunity and job security is what i'm looking for.

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January 15, 2015

Hi Josue. That depends. Here are a few things to think about:

Do you know the specific job you hope to land once you graduate? If so, are these degrees required?

How are you funding your education? A good rule of thumb is to not take on more debt than you're anticipated to make in your first year working. For example, if your ideal position has an entry level salary of, say, $50k, ensure you don't accumulate more than $50k in school related debt.

Are you networking within your desired career field and seeking out internships to build relationships? This can be a great use of your time while you're going to school.

Could your desired career necessitate a Master's degree in the future? If so, it might make sense to focus your bachelor's in the primary area and slowly work towards your Master's over the following years while building your career.

If you're not sure exactly what you want to do, paying for the extra credits and taking the additional classes may not be the best use of your time and money. Sometimes real world experience (the networking and internships I mentioned) go father than a specific degree.

I hope this is helpful as you think about your future!



Josue Morataya | 02.03.15 @ 22:07

Thank you for those points and for your reply. Well what i was hoping to go for was either a financial analyst or financial manager. You seem to know a great deal about finance since you are in the financial sector yourself. Do you have any advice or tips you can pass on to help me get the most of my college education? I currently do not have any debts due to a small scholarship that i was able to obtain. However, once i reach the second semester of my junior year, i will probably have to take out a loan if i can not get any more scholarships or sponsors.

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February 03, 2015

Spend as much time as you can shadowing those in the jobs you're interested in, interning for companies in your field, and - ideally - getting paid positions or projects to help you figure out what you ultimately want to do. Think about interviews post-graduation. Yes, a degree is required most places just to get in the door, but what if you also had experience, recommendations, and could speak from a position of confidence knowing what job you want and why (because you've seen/done it first hand)?

By the way - I got my degree in photography, have had a great career, and now run my own firm.

Josue Morataya | 02.04.15 @ 19:06

Thank you, your response helped a lot. Do you mind if i continue to ask you questions in the future if i cant find an immediate answer?

Kate Holmes PRO+
CFP® in Las Vegas, NV | 02.04.15 @ 20:53

Glad I was able to help. Feel free to contact me privately to discuss being available for future questions. Otherwise, you may wish to seek out a mentor for ongoing guidance and answering questions.

$commenter.renderDisplayableName() | 11.24.20 @ 12:43