From left, Utah Valley University students Colton Peck, Doug Macdonald and McKenna Jacobsen. Together, they took first place in the Financial Planning Challenge at the Financial Planning Association’s annual conference in Minneapolis last week.
Utah Valley University
When Colton Peck started school at Utah Valley University, he was set on being an accountant.
But after taking a few accounting courses, he realized he did not like it. Then, he saw a presentation on the school’s personal financial planning program and decided to give it a shot.
“I took the intro to financial planning course and absolutely loved it,” Peck said. The career, he said, includes one important element that accounting didn’t: the ability to help people.
Now, Peck, 23, will be graduating in December with a degree in personal financial planning and plans to continue to work at Utah-based Zions Bancorp as a wealth planner.
Peck said he discovered the career by coincidence. He’s not alone.
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