Out of the television spotlight and into the financial advice business
|By Rolf Boone, The Olympian (Olympia, Wash.)|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
But after more than 20 years in the news business, including a stint as a segment producer for
He's now a financial adviser for
It's an idea he had kicked around for a few years, periodically picking the brain of his niece's husband,
After deciding that it was the kind of company he could work for and that it had a similar mission -- working with and educating people -- he made the switch.
But he didn't become a financial adviser overnight.
It involved a screening process, training and studying 10 to 12 hours a day so that he could pass two key tests: the Series 7 and Series 66 exams. The Series 7 test took six hours to complete, while the Series 66 test took three hours. Both are required to sell securities and to become an investment adviser.
He also had to get a
But the newsman in Thompson, 47, hasn't completely gone away. He remembers that time fondly and has even passed along a few story ideas to former colleagues.
"News is a brotherhood," he said. "I may have left, but I feel greatly for the people I worked with."
Thompson covered his share of big stories: Hurricane Katrina, the
There were tough stories, too, such as when four members of the
"That's a day I'll never forget," he said.
Being a newsman also meant a lot of time away from his family and his two sons. Regular hours, though, means he will no longer be awakened by a producer in the middle of the night, urging him to dash off and report on snow falling in
But he'll still get to work with people and develop relationships.
"It's a different way to help people," he said.
Thompson currently is sharing office space with
Years in business: Thompson started at the end of May.
Online: Thompson's contact information can be found at edwardjones. com.
Advice to those changing careers: Do your homework, be patient and make sure it's something you really want to pursue.
Did you know? After interning and working as a segment producer for
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