5 Career Insights From An I-Banker Turned Entrepreneur

What I know now that I wish I had known in my 20somethings. By Christina Vuleta (Founder, 40:20)

These five insights come from a 40-something woman who went from investment banking to starting her own business in her mid thirties. Her thoughts on what she learned as an investment banker that continues to help her and her business thrive today:

Tip #1 - Learn On The Job

“Approach your job as an education. If you look at it as a job it is a missed education. If it’s not an education, move on. In investment banking I learned how to be a great professional, a trouble shooter. I learned how to interact with CEOs. I learned to understand financial statements. I learned due diligence. You can go anywhere with these skills. You should be able to put a spin any job you’ve had about the education learned and how you can apply that to the future.”

Tip #2 - Learn How To Ask For Help

“Learn how to ask for help. It’s hard but it will earn you respect. You need a lot of help and support to be successful as an investment banker.”

Tip #3 - Earn A Mentor

“Earn a mentor. You will earn the respect of someone who wants to help you or you won’t.”

Tip #4 - Be Gracious To Your Support Staff

“Don’t get your boss a gift, give your support staff a drink. When you are the one supporting the big bosses you need help.”

Tip #5 - Position Yourself For Success

“Success is all about how you position yourself. You define your position. Know that you do have the strengths and skill but then you work hard. And always think about the worst case scenario.”

This post was originally posted at 40:20 Vision.

About the guest blogger: Christina Vuleta is a strategic consultant and creator of 40:20 Vision, a blog that provides advice from 40-something women to 20-something women. Most recently a director at The Futures Company, a strategic marketing and trend consultancy, Christina has made a career out of understanding insights that drive women’s aspirations and life decisions. Follow her on Twitter at @4020vision.