Much of my work involves helping people become more effective in their careers. For example, I might teach a portfolio management team creativity techniques to help them generate more and better ideas for investment. In this process, I’ve also found that we are profoundly shaped by our work and the ways in which we pursue our careers. This makes the selection of a career one of the most important decisions a person can make. Fortunately, the explosion of the online work world in response to the the recent pandemic has made it easier than ever to sample career fields through virtual internships. This, in turn, is helping students find the work that will best exercise and express their strengths.
A few years ago, I met with a money manager who was thoroughly miserable despite a history of profitability and career advancement.