Finance or Program Manager

Hi Everyone,

I had a question about what career path I should go into. I've been in Finance now for two years, but I don't love the role that I'm in. I feel like I could find another finance role, but I'm not sure if I will have the same expectations which is honestly what I'm trying to get away from. I was thinking about program management because I feel like I have the skills and I wanted to expand my horizons a bit, but I'm concerned because I don't know which job is more secure in the future, if I take a program manager role will it be harder to go back to finance?

Thanks for all the help!!

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Hi @Augustina213, It's great that you've put in so much time & effort to be thoughtful about your next steps. But, career exploration can often feel endless -- I'll give you some guidance here as to how to structure the process so you can reach the outcome of finally having certainty, confidence and clarity on your ideal direction. If you've identified a few path options but are still not sure which one is best for you, I'd recommend pursuing career exploration, which is a process that is distinct from and a precursor to the job search, including a series of steps of practical learning and self-reflection in order to compare, contrast, and clarify which career path you are confident in pursuing. THAT is the process whereby you can confidently narrow in on which role, industry and environment is the best fit for you. In fact, I've helped numerous professionals to figure out, clarify, and pursue their ideal career direction. While pivots might seem big and scary, they're often more feasible than you think, but you at least deserve to identify which path would be the best fit for you first, and then determine what your strategy, approach or next steps would be. By having a coach there to guide your process, you'll understand what steps to take, when, and how to do each step effectively so that you're not swimming in exploration without reaching an outcome of clarity.By the way, I'm Rachel Serwetz, a Career Exploration Coach (, and I'm happy to chat further if you'd like! ( )