I attended the CFP Conference in Washington D.C. last week and I was very glad I did. I have always stated that Specialists make more than Generalists. Also, those who specialize tend to have greater job satisfaction. Today more than ever, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals are an essential resource. From budgeting, to planning for retirement, to saving for education, to managing your taxes and your insurance coverage, “finances” doesn’t mean just one thing for most Americans — and “financial planning” means much more than just investing. Bringing all the pieces of your financial life together is a challenging task.

Only 23% of the 70,162 CFP Professionals are women. That percentage has not changed in the past 10 years. I would encourage all College Students and Graduates to research this prestigious career path. It just might answer the burning question, “I graduated, now what?”