One of the great parts of business school has been gaining access to Smith Alums working in the corporate world. Recently, a small group of finance students trekked up to New York in order to get a better handle on what types of jobs are out there, and what we can expect when we graduate next year.
Our first stop on the trek was Credit Suisse, where we met up with Etim, an assistant Vice President who gave us an overview of Credit Suisse. After the overview our group of roughly 20 split up into smaller groups of 4 and sat down with a Credit Suisse associate. My associate was Kayam, and he gave me a more in-depth view of his functional area, electronic market making. I also had the opportunity to ask Kayam questions.
Our trek also included stops to J.P. Morgan, Fiduciary Trust, and K2 Advisors, a hedge fund in Stamford, CT.
Perhaps the most interesting element of the finance was trek was hearing how many of the presenters had no formal financial experience before business school. Considering my nonprofit background, it was reassuring to see how people from many functional areas can make great careers in finance.
Another great part of the trek was having the opportunity to spend more time with my cohorts from track 1. First year students are divided into tracks and take all their first semester classes with students in their track. It was the first time since orientation that I had the chance to sit down and see how some of my track 1 friends’ semesters were progressing, and I had a great time talking to them.