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Kyle Hogan

K-State graduation year: December 2012
Degree: B.A. Personal Financial Planning
Current employer: Buttonwood Financial
Position: Wealth Management Strategist

How many times, if any, did you change your major during college?

None. I always wanted to go into finance. I did, however, spend three semesters back in Emporia, KS, my hometown, and attend Emporia State University.

Describe the process of choosing your major.

Financial planning seemed like a good career and I enjoyed working with numbers, therefore, I chose Finance.

What activities/organizations were you involved in while in college?

I worked various part-time jobs throughout my career as a student and tried my best to study and achieve grades.

Describe the process of finding your first job.

I got out of college and started looking at different financial firms and was offered financial planner jobs by several.

Briefly describe a typical day at your job.

I do everything from entering info into our planning software, evaluate funds in 401k's and other outside accounts, look at tax returns, meet with clients and numerous other things related to personal finance.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

We work in an art gallery and the art changes every couple of months, so the scenery is always changing.

What are the most challenging aspects of your job?

Evaluating decisions to achieve the best possible outcome for the individual client.

What advice would you give someone interested in your field?

Wake up every morning and fill your passion bucket with a love and aspiration to help people succeed financially.

What were the stepping stones that led to your current career?

Began my career selling life insurance, got divorced, moved to San Diego with my ex-wife, got remarried and came back and found Buttonwood. 

Think back to the first year of college. What were the major lifestyle changes in the transition from college to the world of work? How did you adapt?

Not really. I worked all throughout college. Now I just don't have to go to class. 

What was the one thing you did in college that has had the most impact on your life or career

Asked my best friend since high school to marry me and she said, "Yes." Twice!

What tips do you have for current undergrads about opportunities they should definitely take advantage of while they are in school? Were there any experiences you missed out on that you wish you would have participated in?

Participate in as many seminars, speeches, groups or clubs as you can. I did not do as many as I could have and regret it. 

Was there a specific class you remember that sparked your interest in your career direction?

Dr. Graham's personal financial planning course - It assured me that this was the career I wanted to pursue.

Was there a specific person in college who had a significant impact on your life or career?

My other best friend, Addie. We moved from Emporia to Manhattan together without knowing hardly anyone and it turned out to be the best thing we could have done. 

What didn't college teach you that you wish you would have known before you started your career?

What the career path actually looked like - had I known that my first job would progress the way it did, I would have taken my time and researched more on the company and the actual job. 

Do you keep in touch with your college classmates? If so, how have those relationships influenced your career?

Yes, They haven't influenced it much.