Investing in the FutureUrshala Brown-Bowles
After I graduated from college and got my first real job, I would hear my co-workers talk about their investment accounts. I was amazed at how much they knew about investing. Many of them talked about reading the Wall Street Journal, watching CNBC, and checking Yahoo! Finance throughout the day. But one thing they all had in common was that they never had a conversation about investing without using the phrase, "My dad says…." I realized they had been taught about investing since they were children. Shocked by my own lack of awareness, I asked my friends, most of whom were minorities, what they knew about investing. All of them knew just as much as I did, which wasn't much at all. Instead of being taught about investing, we had been taught to find good jobs that had pension plans so that we could receive a monthly check after retiring. We were taught to depend on the system. However, I knew that didn't work. I had watched my grandparents go from thriving middle class to barely making it because they relied on the system. Determined not to let this happen to me, I began to seek out information about investing. Soon, I became obsessed! As my interest in markets and passion for finance grew, I soon realized that my willingness to learn everything I could about investing was leading me toward a career change and that earning an MBA would be the first step toward that change. Minority InterestAfter earning my MBA at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business (Booth Full-Time MBA School Profile), I plan to join a financial firm as an investment research associate. My long-term goal is to create a financial advice firm committed to teaching minorities about the market, introducing them to different types of investment products, and assisting clients in avoiding dangerous investments that could potentially rob them of their savings, homes, and futures. I believe that by teaching minorities how to invest, I will help create a favorable environment within my community while generating generational wealth. Someone once told me: "If passion is your driving force, then nothing can stop you." It is my passion for finance, markets, and creating wealth that led me to the decision that now is the right time for me to switch from an engineering career to investment management. I know that by earning an MBA, I will not only be provided with the academic knowledge to be successful in my new career, but also the hands-on experience and network to fuel my passion and help me reach my goals.