Inside Pension Analyst Careers

Things you need to know, but nobody tells you

Biggest Surprises

"Analysts Can Be Fulfilled...
I did not realize how happy and fulfilled I would be in this career. I wake up every morning happy to put on a tie and drive to work. It feels amazing" (Analyst; 2013)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Massachusetts, male
School: Studied Public Policy at UMass Amherst in Massachusetts; completed Master degree in 2007

Best & Worst Things About This Career

Financial Planner: "Working with clients, understanding their needs and being able to help them. One of the best parts of the job is receiving a heart-felt "thank you" when you've helped them reach their goals. The job can involve long hours at times, and can be very stressful when the economy and the market falls. It can take you away from your family more than you may like, but is a very rewarding career, both personally and professionally." (2011)

Investment Manager: "The best parts of my job are seeing clients meet their goals. In other words we make them money so they can send their kids to college or so they can afford to retire and no longer have to work. It is fulfilling to see that we have selected the right stocks for clients and that our hard work in analyzing the areas to invest have paid off. The worst part of my job is the stress that is involved when the stock market is going down and temporarily clients may be losing money." (2011)

Career Background

Pension Analyst

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Career Tips

"Enjoy Life...
Make sure you enjoy what you do. Satisfaction in a career has no price tag." (Analyst; 2013)

"Remember Clients Are Trusting You...
You should have a strong background in finance, math and have great analytical skills. Take as many business, finance and economic classes as possible. Always be flexible. Things can change in a moments notice. You need to be comfortable switching gears quickly. Take public speaking classes. be truthful and honest to your clients. They are trusting you with their hard earned money." (Financial Planner; 2011)

"Stay On Top Of Business And General News...
If I were to give any advice as to someone pursuing my career, I would strongly suggest reading the newspapers such as the Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal every day. I strongly suggest that they become very familiar with what is going on in the world. In addition, I would suggest doing an internship at a local investment firm which would be very helpful in getting some real world background experience. Further, while in college I would suggest studying business area such as economics, and finance as areas of focus." (Investment Manager; 2011)