Name: Grant Schoen | Age: 23 | Hometown: Springfield, Missouri | Alma mater: University of Arkansas | Major: Finance | Job title: Financial Analyst | Employer: AcreTrader
Why did you choose this career path?
I had always planned to move into the finance sector in some capacity, whether through banking, investment management, or any other way. While I was in school, I was connected with AcreTrader when it was just getting started, the startup environment wasn’t on my radar prior to that. However, after learning about the idea for AcreTrader and the effect that we could have as we provide access to new asset [classes] for so many individuals, I was onboard immediately.
Did you always plan to go this route?
I grew up working on my family’s ranch and around agriculture, but planned to move into finance. AcreTrader was a unique opportunity that allowed me to leverage prior experience at a really interesting intersection of finance, agriculture and tech.
Why do you think teens should consider a career in financial analysis?
One of my favorite things about my job is that no two days are the same. There are new opportunities that arise every day, with each one bringing a unique set of circumstances and challenges.
What natural abilities should someone have to succeed in this field?
There is no magic touch when it comes to investment analysis, but being curious and continuing to learn at all times is vital. With the pace that the world is changing, those that aren’t constantly learning and adapting are left behind. No matter the sector that you are in, being able to accept that you don’t know everything is important.
Do you need to have a knack for certain things?
I would say being able to really dig into a project and own it, as well as being driven to find solutions.
How do you feel about this statement? “I can’t work in a financial role because I’m not good at (or hate) math”?
Financial analysis is more so about problem solving and creativity than anything else, finding new ways to look at what you have in front of you and the different ways that they can be utilized.
What is your golden rule when it comes to money?
Always be looking for new ways to diversify. There are so many different investment opportunities available that can help to make your money work for you.