By Brandon Nahab, Finance
Earlier this semester, I was lucky enough to go on a trip to New York with some fellow members of the UA Investments Club. The purpose of the trip was to help us network with UA alumni who work for financial institutions in New York, as well as to learn more about the industry as a whole. We were able to visit multiple firms in the city and meet with alumni who work for these companies. The firms we visited include Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, National Bank of Canada, Dominick and Dominick, Citibank and RBC Capital Markets. We were able to gain valuable insight from professionals who worked in sales and trading, investment banking, equity research and more.
There were many valuable experiences that we were able to take away from the trip, such as getting a taste of living in NYC and seeing first-hand what it’s like to work for major financial institutions. However, the most important takeaway from the trip, in my opinion, was the networking opportunities we had with UA alumni and hearing about their personal experiences in the industry. Meeting professionals who can relate to your experiences and learning about theirs is invaluable to students who are looking to work in the industry after college.
If you are at all interested in working in the financial services industry and want to live in NYC after graduation, I would highly recommend looking into going on this trip next year. The first step to take would be to join the Investments Club, where you’ll not only learn a lot about markets and the finance industry, but you’ll also meet many like-minded students who have similar aspirations. This trip helped me solidify my personal career goals and also gave me the chance to interact with people who have first-hand experience in the industry.