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Within the last few months, the U.S. media has been reporting the high level of student loan debt graduating college students have.  In fact, the average student loan debt at graduation is approximately $25,000.  Unfortunately, there are many graduates who have a higher student loan debt, often as high as $50,000 to $100,000 depending on whether the student attended public or private school.  Ironically, many of these students saddled with debt have degrees with low earning power such as social work or anthropology.

If you will have to incur student loan debt to be able to afford college, the best thing you can do for yourself is to pick a career field that is secure and has the potential to have a high salary.  Once such field is corporate banking.  Corporate banking for large U.K. and U.S. institutions involves making short-term and long-term investing decisions as well as analyzing cash flow management for the institution, to name just a few tasks.

To enter the corporate banking field, you generally have to have a bachelor’s degree, ideally from a top business school.  However, an MBA is not a necessity.  Many larger corporations have corporate banking training, so you may be able to take part in that training once you obtain an entry level position.  Expect to work at least five years at the entry level position before moving on to a higher position with more responsibilities.  That means before you are 30, you could obtain a higher level position with a higher salary.

While the field of corporate banking was hit by the economic downturn in 2007, the market is rebounding, and corporate banking jobs are once again becoming plentiful as businesses slowly have more money to spend and invest.

If you are a freshman or sophomore college student, think carefully about the degree you will pursue.  While it may be romantic to pursue a philosophy or an English degree, the simple fact is that these degrees will not make you much money if you don’t continue to get a Master’s or Ph.D.  Instead, you may want to consider a field that will allow you to make a decent salary just starting out with your bachelor’s and does not require additional education.  Corporate banking is such a field, and if you are willing to put in your time at an entry level position for a few years and foster corporate relationships, you can continue to advance up the corporate ladder and increase your salary as you go.

Post by Melissa

9 Comments

  1. Larae says:

    A career speech gives the audience an insider view of a specific career path. A typical career speech is about 15 minutes, but if you are asked to do a hands-on presentation, that time can extend to an hour..

  2. Liz says:

    Out sourcing is one the promising career. Thanks for letting me join the conversation.

  3. Betty Daily says:

    My son has racked up quiet a debt form goingto school. Its going to be along time before his head will be above water

  4. Kazzsandra says:

    it is really important to choose the best career for you and we can guide our kids for that idea..

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  6. Barbara says:

    Children should be wise in choosing their careers. hank you for sharing this article.

  7. Liz says:

    A typical career speech is about 15 minutes, but if you are asked to do a hands-on presentation. Great article.

  8. The student is the one who must choose what career they want, because they’re the who will study for it, and the one who knows their limitation of a thing.

  9. I think it totally depends on student, he/she is the one who must choose what career they want, because they’re the who will study for it. Today there are n number options available. Thanks for sharing this useful blog.

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