This is a true story as told to DiversityJobs Street Smarts, where you can find career interviews for the job you’ve been looking for. Visit to find an interview in your desired field today. I am an art investment acquisition specialist - that's one of the titles that people would usually think of as an "art investor." I'm about to celebrate my fifth year in the business, including a year-long internship I had with a major investment firm. Being an art investor means you have to do a little bit of everything. In an average week, a lot of my time is spent working with clients who want to sell or lend their art. That calls for a lot of due diligence and financial acumen. However, there are also times when clients want to expand their portfolio by acquiring a piece from here or there, or from this or that artist or time period. That will call for investigation of where the piece can be found, verification of its provenance -- how it got to where it is -- and finally, long-term negotiation with the art's current holder. All that is art history work combined, of course, with sales. I would definitely rate my job enthusiasm as an eight or nine out of ten. No job is perfect, but this comes pretty close. Sometimes, one aspect of the work will predominate over the others for long periods at a stretch - and that will be a little tiring. But before you know it, there's something new on the horizon. I've always been interested in art, but never much of an artist myself - so this job moves me. I didn't expect that I'd find a place in what's traditionally thought of as the strict business sector where art would be so appreciated. I wouldn't say that there's anything unique about my experience or qualifications that people should know about. It's true that I got a pretty early start in both art and finance, but even with just one of those skill sets, I think it's possible to break into this field with the right mix of dedication and passion. I got started in the field by accident. Even though I studied a lot of art in college, my major was finance. The trouble was that I wasn't very happy with it. Six months into an internship in my senior year, I thought I was done - until I talked to a visiting manager from another branch who had come down for a meeting about art acquisition. "Art acquisition?" I thought. I asked a few questions and I was soon on my way. I’ve learned that investors who deal with art are fickle, and the art collectors - the sellers, ultimately - are stubborn. Art investors don't always want to take sound investment advice, and collectors can be some of the most challenging people in the world to deal with. The most important thing I've learned about the working world is that things change fast. My schedule, what's on my to-do list, who I'm working with, what we're looking for - all these things can change daily or weekly. Everyone learns to deal with that in their own way, whether that means saving aggressively or keeping their resume updated. Strange things happen on this job all the time. I once had to strike a deal with a modern art collector who would only meet with me at a construction site during work hours. Have you ever seen that famous photo of the construction workers having lunch up on a beam thirty stories up? It was something like that. I think that I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world, so it's not hard to get up for work every day. Every once in a while, though, I come across a seller whose dream really is coming true when they find out I'm prepared to broker a six figure deal for a piece of art they thought was a reproduction. That really opens your eyes to how this job can change lives. The biggest daily challenge in this field is multi-tasking. You have to have a good command of your right brain and your left brain – you're constantly shifting from one kind of task to another. Plus, you'll deal with a lot of strong personalities, including people who value their art way out of the actual price range for it’s worth. Financially, things have been a lot better for art investors in the past. Investors could expect to derive bonuses from major wins like art sales and lease agreements. Nowadays, benefits and incentives have taken a hit. Salary can range anywhere from $40,000 to $80,000, but I'd say the average is probably somewhere in the mid-$50,000s. Getting hired in this field isn't easy. You're going to need experience and credentials in finance, selling and art to even be considered, although in most cases, the first two will be respected more than the last. If a friend were considering this line of work, I'd tell them to go for it, with a few caveats. One: It's not easy to break in. Two: Don't expect some fat "banker paycheck," because this isn't the area of finance where you'll get it. In five years I'd like to be an independent art dealer. As an art investor, you have the backing of a firm and a portfolio of clients. A dealer is a total entrepreneur -- which means you have to get the contacts and lay the groundwork before you get started. With luck, that's what I'm doing now. Job art investor image from Bigstock
Whether you're a college student trying to figure out where your true calling lies, an experienced professional getting back to work, or someone just looking for a career in another field, you need to make your choice carefully. With women making considerable strides in fields that were previously male-dominated, the lines of career limitations have blurred.
There are more career choices available to women now than ever before. A woman plays many roles—sister, daughter, friend, wife, mother, confidante, breadwinner, and so on. You, being a multitasking woman, need to find a career that not only pays you well, but allows you to be a career woman without having to compromise on any of these roles.
If you think this is impossible, think again!
Lots of women have found careers that balance beautifully with their family life. So, now that you know it isn't unthinkable to achieve work-life balance, how about making it happen for yourself?
With a plethora of options, you may have a tough time deciding which career would be most suitable for you. Of course, no two women are the same and neither are their choices. But some careers provide women with the best opportunity to achieve both career success and work-life balance.
Here are the top eight career choices for women:
For women who want a chance to do what they really love doing, who have always dreamed of starting their own business, entrepreneurship could be the perfect career.
Wouldn't it be great to work from a place of your choice and at your own time? This would give you the flexibility to allocate time to your business and family as needed.
This is also one of the biggest challenges you will ever take up in your life as every decision will rest on your shoulders. Your employees would depend on you for their livelihood. Hence, this is also a great way to contribute to society.
Being an entrepreneur lets you be in charge because it is you who runs the show. Instead of putting in efforts to generate profits for other companies, why not channel those efforts towards creating greater profits for yourself?
With IT companies starting up and mushrooming rapidly, it's little wonder that this field has become so popular among women.
Young women can take up a career in the IT sector after earning a certificate or bachelor's degree in an applicable field, like computer science, informational technology, and cyber security. There are also many programs available to women of all ages who want to learn how to code—one of the most useful and in-demand skills in today's job market.
The ease and excitement of working on the internet, designing software and apps, implementing IT solutions for businesses, security, gaming, smartphones, etc. could be a huge draw. This is another field where you can make a difference as well as earn good money.
Whether you choose to be a pharmacist, a surgeon, or a nurse, a career in the medical field provides women with the ability to achieve career success and wealth. Plus, there's good job security.
As a qualified professional, you will always be in high demand, and once you've gained significant work experience, there's going to be no looking back.
Teaching has always been considered one of the most women-friendly careers as it allows women to spend sufficient time with their families, de-stress, go on vacations, and balance home and work. It's also one of the most rewarding and important careers anyone can choose to pursue.
The best part of being in the teaching field is that recession or no recession, your skills will always be sought after.
5. Human Resources
This field is perfect for women who have a penchant for working in the corporate world and interacting with people to solve organizational issues.
The job involves shortlisting and interviewing candidates, hiring and training them, setting their pay, benefits, and perks, designing appraisal systems, formulating policies and leave structures, looking after employee welfare, and settling disputes.
Every large organization needs qualified and experienced HR personnel and they are paid quite well, too.
No one solves problems like a woman does.
Given the fact that most women are good observers, empathetic listeners, and great communicators (all soft skills employers want in employees), they're sure to excel as psychologists or therapists.
A career in this field allows you to help those struggling to overcome many different personal and family problems. With substantial work experience, you can stand to make a lot of money and even charge on an hourly basis.
7. Interior Design
You've probably put in a lot of thought and effort into designing your home and making it look stunning. From selecting the perfect hangers for the closet to picking out the most exquisite lampshade, you know what it takes to make a home beautiful.
Now, how about extending this talent a little further and helping others make their home look gorgeous, too? A career in interior design is a great option for women who are creative, organized, and detail-oriented—who don't want a boring office job.
As you develop your career as an interior designer, you also gain the flexibility to pick your clients and appointments and get paid immensely well.
For women who are creative, good at communication, and love research, media is the place to be.
All companies nowadays have (or should have) social media accounts that need managing, in addition to their primary marketing and PR departments, so this field is only growing.
Writing, advertising, public relations, journalism, photography—there are many choices available for women who want to pursue a career in media.
Women today can achieve it all, from financial independence to a family, and from a progressive career to a great personal and social life. And, why not? Your decisions have the potential to give you all that you desire.
So, make sure you decide well!
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