For more than a decade, Wendy Raizin enjoyed the fast-paced financial world of arbitrage trading and investment banking. That was while working for the likes of Oppenheimer & Co. and Wyser-Pratte Management Co. Then, she jumped at the chance to earn an MBA from Oxford University in England and suddenly found pleasure in strolling around, appreciating her surroundings.
"I started to get very interested in architecture and design," she told CNBC.
When she returned to the States and to her job on Wall Street, sitting at a desk and staring at a financial ticker no longer energized her. She said she found herself devouring architectural design magazines while feeling obligated to read financial newspapers. Having no formal training in interior design, she wondered if she would be any good at it or even be able to make a career out of it. To find out, she enrolled in a few classes at Parsons School of Design in New York.
"If I'm terrible at it, then there's no point," she said.