Tuesday, November 11, 2008
What’s it like to be a….financial advisor?
My job title is: Financial Advisor
My actual position is: Most people would refer to my job as a “Stock Broker” but because it includes much more than merely stocks, “Financial Advisor” is a more appropriate title.
What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed?
In a typical day I arrive in my office before the stock or bond markets open and begin by game planning my day. As in most jobs, a clear plan of which goals to accomplish on a particular day keep me focused on the tasks at hand. Once I have a plan of action for the day, I generally read about the happenings of the stock market and the general news. I do not read about the news and the markets for merely enjoyment but so that I am continually educated and ready to help lead my clients with current pertinent information. Keeping an eye on the ever changing news is also important throughout the day. Typical tasks for any given day include phone calls to and meetings with both current and prospective clients to jointly find clarity in their investment paths. Prior to every phone call or appointment I review the client’s account so that I feel more fully prepared to answer their questions or concerns. It is also good to remind myself prior to every discussion that is important to understand that the investments being discussed are my client’s assets, and it is their wishes and desires that must be followed, not my intentions. Another task to have on my to-do list is to look to the future to continually add new clients and assets to my book of business. Over the past few years I have improved the efficiencies of what is accomplished, but the standard practice remains the same.