Vault Career Guide to Mutual Funds

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by Andrew Morkes; Introduction by Katrina Dudley
Publication Date: 2016

Mutual funds raise money from shareholders and then invest in groups of assets such as stocks or bonds. They have grown increasingly popular in the last 30 years because they provide an investment option that's diverse, affordable, and liquid. The mutual fund industry, which offers many rewarding career paths, has grown steadily since 1997, but it remains a relatively small sector of the financial industry. Although employment opportunities are expected to be good in coming years, aspiring workers will face strong competition for jobs.

The Vault Career Guide to Mutual Funds provides an insider's perspective on what's happening in the industry, what it takes to break in and how to advance your career. Whether you're an aspiring fund manager, financial analyst, or accountant, this guide will help you master every step of your search for employment at a mutual fund.

Vault Career Guides offer an industry insider's view of what it takes to land a job in your chosen profession. Each volume provides a comprehensive overview of the industry and expert advice and tips for uncovering job opportunities, networking, preparing your cover letter and resume, interviewing and keeping current on industry news and trends. Interviews and case studies offer behind-the-scenes glimpses of what hiring managers look for in a candidate and how others have succeeded in landing their jobs or advancing their careers. Day in the Life profiles place you in the shoes of an established professional for one day, and an extensive glossary and resource list put all the industry knowledge you need to succeed at your fingertips. 

Chapters include:

  • Uppers and Downers in Mutual Funds
  • Snapshot of the Industry Today
  • Current Trends and Issues
  • Job Searching This Industry
  • Networking
  • Resumes for Mutual Fund Jobs
  • Interviewing with Mutual Funds


Andrew Morkes is a freelance writer and editor in Chicago, Illinois, who has been writing about college- and career-related topics for more than 20 years. He is the owner of College & Career Press. Andrew has written and edited many books for Ferguson's including the Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance and many volumes in the Careers in Focus, Discovering Careers, and Career Skills Library series. He is also the author of They Teach That in College!?: A Resource Guide to More Than 100 Interesting College Majors and Programs; Nontraditional Careers for Women and Men: More Than 30 Great Jobs for Women and Men With Apprenticeships Through PhDs; and the Vault Career Guide to the Internet and Social Media. His poetry has appeared in Cadence, Wisconsin Review, Poetry Motel, Strong Coffee, and Mid-America Review.

Katrina Dudley is co-portfolio manager of the Franklin Mutual European Funds, overseeing $5 billion of assets. She has been a manager of these funds for nine years and has been with deep value asset manager Mutual Series since 2002. Katrina has appeared on CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report and contributed to CNN Money and Money magazine's "2013 Investor's Guide: Top Stock Picks from Top Pros." She has an M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business, and a B.A. of laws (first class honors) and a B.A. in commerce from Bond University (Australia). She is a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder. Katrina lives with her husband and four children in New York City.

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