Do You Offend Easily?

do you offend easily

Do You Offend Easily?

If so, a career in financial services is probably not the best fit for you. I started my career 14 years ago on the trading floor of a large investment bank, and I was 22-years-old with dreams of a successful work life filled with lots of money. My dreams started to varnish a few weeks into my job, though, when I first got yelled at by a bond trader. I was only trying to do my job, but apparently I was “an idiot” who had her “head up her a$$” because I couldn’t see that he was busy.

I quickly returned to my seat with my tail between my legs and thought that maybe finance wasn’t the career for me. Fortunately for me, I had a somewhat good boss at the time who told me that the bond trader was an idiot and coached me on how best to get what I wanted from the man.

Did I Become Desensitized?

After 14 years, I have quite a few stories similar to this and some worse, and I wrote about them on AOL Jobs if you want to read more, here’s the link.

At the end of the day, what I struggle with is whether or not I became desensitized to the offensive comments after hearing them for so long or are some people just overly sensitive. If you read the AOL post, let me know your thoughts on the Tupperware comment, this seems to be the one that I wonder about the most.

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Have you been yelled at on the job or spoken to in an offensive manner? Do you think people become desensitized to offensive comments or are we overly sensitive?




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Shannon is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She realized that the key to long-term personal financial success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and The Financial Gym, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.

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