“Ask yourself if you’d be interested in an operations or compliance job. Because that gives you a foundation to help you excel.”

In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, JB Mackenzie, director of futures and forex at TD Ameritrade, talks about the importance of understanding every detail about the technology influencing your industry of choice and how it can be a useful springboard for a successful career.  

Mackenzie went to college in hopes of becoming a doctor, but after taking organic chemistry, he realized it wasn’t for him. He went into consulting in New York City, but ended up being exposed to equity markets. After working for several large banking institutions, Mackenzie quickly identified the rapid change technology was having on the market. He positioned himself accordingly and now is a managing director at one the largest retail brokerage firms in the world.

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