Jordan Sowhangar found her career calling in high school — and she jokingly says her father receives the credit or the blame. While she originally thought she’d follow in his footsteps and become an accountant, Sowhangar ultimately decided financial advising was a better fit. And she hasn’t looked back.
“It was really important to me to have a career that made a difference in some way,” says Sowhangar, 28, a certified financial planner and wealth advisor at Souderton, Pennsylvania-based Univest Investments. “I wanted to work with people and be on the front lines with customers.”
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Sowhangar is one of more than 80,000 U.S. certified financial planners — but still she stands out. Men represent nearly 77% of certificants, and nearly half of all planners are older than 50, according to statistics from the CFP Board.