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Career Choices

Written by Dana Hinders
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Choosing a career may be one of the most important decisions you'll ever make. You're likely to spend a significant portion of your adult life at work, so choosing the wrong career is a recipe for unhappiness. A career as a loan officer may be the right choice for you if you're blessed with solid business sense, enjoy solving problems, and communicate well with others.

If the quality of your working environment is an important factor in your career choice, becoming a loan officer is an excellent option. Loan officers can generally expect to find well-paid positions that offer long term stability and opportunities for advancement. Many loan officers find personal satisfaction in helping clients finance a child's college education, purchase a new automobile, or fulfill their dreams of owning a home.

If you're thinking about a career as a loan officer, trade publications can keep you informed about developments in this field. Professional associations may be able to help you find a mentor to answer your questions about loan officer career opportunities. Talking to banks, credit unions, mortgage brokerages, and other prospective employers can give you a better idea of what specific job openings are available for loan officers in your area.

Preparing for a Career as a Loan Officer

It's never too early or too late to think about a career as a loan officer. High school students can prepare for future employment by taking courses in English, mathematics, business, and computers. College students can gain a solid academic background in economics, accounting, marketing, and business law. Working adults can take correspondence courses to prepare to make the transition to a career as a loan officer.

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