Industry leaders offer tips to help you toward a thriving career

When you're working in the finance industry, you can't afford to be stagnant. The turnover for investment banking jobs, wealth management jobs and other positions within the field can be incredibly high. Getting a job alone isn't enough – you need to work hard to maintain your employment.

Doing so doesn't have to be hard, however. Listed below are a number of tips offered exclusively to OneWire by experts in the finance industry. They may be able to help you give your career a spark when it needs it the most.

1. Learn how to communicate so that people will trust you with their business
"Whether you're partnering with someone in a business venture, whether you're looking for investors, or whether you're just taking a job—having convinced somebody that they can trust you is hugely important." – Steve Ketchum, CEO, Sound Point Capital

2. Whatever you don't know, you should learn about
"I found [business school] beneficial for many different reasons. I took classes on things I felt like I didn't know anything about… I knew nothing about technology systems, about marketing, so I took a lot of concentrated classes in there. Then I graduated, and went back to finance." – Alan Breed, President and CEO, Edgewood Management

3. Never be afraid to change strategies – or jobs
"The one thing that's clear in this business and I learned very early on is if you're not adapting and changing, you're dying…it's either grow or die." – Ted Virtue, Founder and CEO, MidOcean Partners

4. Don't lose your competitive streak, no matter how much success you find
"There are a lot of ways to be successful… a lot of traits that can lead you to a great career. There are people who are extraordinarily intellectually gifted. There are people who are enormously creative. There are people who outwork everyone else, even if they can't match [their peers'] aptitude. But I think what all successful people share, is drive, a need to be successful, a competitive streak." – Jeffrey Leeds, President, Leeds Equity Partners

5. Get used to working long hours
"These finance jobs, at Goldman Sachs and on Wall Street, require a lot. They're demanding roles. They're demanding in terms of the number of hours you spend [working], and they're demanding in terms of [what you do during] the time that you do spend here." – Edith Hunt, Chief Diversity Officer, Goldman Sachs

6. No matter what, don't fear change
"In your professional life, you're going to come across something that goes absolutely the opposite way of what you were hoping. You have to be ready for the fact that things are not going to be as expected." – Phillippe Laffont, Founder and CEO, Coatue Management

7. Don't accept a job if you can't expect to love it
"To me, the difficulty is that when you graduate, it's finding a career that you love. Finding jobs that give you access to more knowledge than you've ever had, and that are making you better at something. Because when you wake up, and you're 35, you really want to be really good at something. Because that's how you become successful." – Jeff Kelter, Founder & CEO, KTR Capital Partners

8. Change careers when the time seems right
"Scramble like mad. Network voraciously. Don't feel that your first job has to be your last job." – Peter Crisp, Founder, Managing Partner, Venrock Associates

9. Start off strong – be ambitious in your job hunt
"Wall Street stills attracts some of the best and brightest. It's a great place to learn about finance and accounting… Wall Street is a fabulous place for a young professional to get exposure to a number of different industries and to whet their appetite for business. " – Ian Snow, CEO and Partner, Snow Phipps Group