Hometown: Seymour, Ind.
Was: Engineering managerWhy I did it:
"Investments are a passion," says Kinder. "I saw lots of things happen to people, such as getting into debt, so I wanted to help."
Thinking he might do planning on the side, he started taking courses. Then he was laid off last year.
"With severance pay to help bridge us, I dove 100% into studying."How I did it:
With online classes, Kinder could work at his own pace, which was "turbo mode," he recalls. "I spent less than three months studying -- I probably studied 14 hours a day, every day."
He passed his CFP exam last November and is finishing his work requirement to be fully certified. Why I love it:
"Engineering was satisfying, but financial planning is more rewarding because I get to help people personally. I also love numbers and trends. Investing to me is like a big mathematical puzzle."
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