It’s never too late to pursue your passion and start a new career path.
Bank of America Houston market president Hong Ogle was born and raised in Beijing, and spent the first 24 years of her life there before moving to America. Following family tradition, Ogle was encouraged to go to school for architecture, and that’s exactly what she did.
After five years she earned her degree, but deep down she knew it wasn’t what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Ogle dreamed of a job with more interaction with people but her career path was at a standstill.
Later, Ogle moved to the U.S. and attended Florida State University. During those additional three years in graduate school studying architecture, she started a part-time job calling people as a financial advisor trainee, and talking to them about their investments. Through this work, she found she had a knack for financial matters, but more importantly, loved the interaction she had with her clients and counseling her clients about how to make the best investment decisions.
After eight years of studying subjects of no longterm interest to her, Ogle left grad school. She had found what she was meant to do.
“Everyone should be able to change their major and their mind if they fall in love with something else,” Ogle told Crain’s Houston.
Today, Ogle has been working in financial services for more than 20 years. She enjoys meeting and talking to people about their lives and investments and encouraging other women to get into financial services.