“I love the idea of directly impacting peoples’ lives,” Natalie Colley says from her office on Broadway in New York City.
That desire to personally connect with and positively affect others is the chief reason Colley left the pharmaceutical industry behind after seven years as a chemical engineer for a career as a financial planner. Working at major drug companies on the east and west coasts, “I felt too far away from the people I wanted to help,” she explains.
With her career pivot, Colley, now a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professional and analyst for Francis Financial in Manhattan, NY, says she feels like she finally has closed that gap and found professional fulfillment. “Changing careers into financial planning has been a tremendously positive experience for me. Working with people on a day-to-day basis, you know you are positively impacting them.”
The ability to make life better for others is one of many reasons to consider pursuing a career in financial planning, whether you’re a career-changer like Colley or someone who’s just out of school and considering their options.