So, a lucrative career?
Of course I agree with the philosophy that it is not the amount of money that you make that will determine if you have acheived success. Mostly because I am underpaid and it is my consulation for getting a higher degree and become dumber. But because I was in that frustrating spot. After some time as a chemistry technical advisor for a nuclear power plant, I ended up working as an environment clean up dude - specializing in nuclear - radioactive waste. Got paid fairly well, but after cleaning up so much I had to get into something I had a passion for. So, I looked at what I did when I was home late at night - like right now, on some BB about finance but with a quant twist.
So, off I went to school -AGAIN. But what to get? MBA, MSc, PhD and in what field cause this nuke engineering/chemistry shit has worn me out.. So - Phynance.
When it comes down to it - and you are sitting in the interview to get the job and they ask questions that you have rehearsed answers, what answer invokes a passion in you. Is it drawing an org chart as concentric circles? Is it developing strategy to gain market share? Is it spinning the numbers on the books so that analysts won't pound your market price? All of which may point toward the MBA! Is it crunching numbers, developing some test? Perhaps the PhD.
When you end up on any phorum with a question about which to get, the advice you get is biased, not only by the nature of the board but by that fact that we do not know who the hell you are, what makes you tick and if you would even make a good MBA or are just one in a million pushed out into the corporate planet. Maybe, I am not giving you the credit that Vincent does, but it is how you come across - work ethic, adaptability, teachability and a willingness to clean out the septic tank when it needs it. If you start out by faking the passion, your only phucking yourself.