In this day and age when access to learning the skills of many different fields thanks to the internet has become such a prevalent way to develop a person, it creates a new breed of workers. Ones that aren’t confined to one thing. These types of people are often called Generalists which is another way of saying someone has a modern renaissance air to them but in a more professional style. Someone who is a good example of keeping their pathways open through a Generalist professional lifestyle is Max Salk.
When looking at his professions, it’s not hard to understand why he’s viewed as a renaissance man. One is working as a landscape photographer and the other is working as an investment analyst. A Finance major, Salk graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During this time, he discovered an interest in markets and developed in newfound interest by investing and researching stocks. In regards to his love for his photography, during his junior year, Salk studied abroad in Rotterdam, Netherlands. During his time there, he discovered his love of the art of photography and one of the shots he took abroad ended up being featured on his website.
Following his graduation, Salk joined an investment management firm in Chicago named PPM America, where he found himself strongly in his element as he was required to research capital and financial markets while also making investment recommendations. After three years, he would move on to New York to his current job as a member of Blackstone. During all of this, he would still keep a good grip on his career as a photographer.
When Salk was asked how he accomplished such a professional lifestyle, he explains that he’s able to keep up with two different professions because he has a deep love for the both of them which makes it easier to stay motivated which highlights the old saying “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”.