By Kelly Chavez, Finance and Business Economics Major
On March 6th, corporate partner Edward Jones hosted Women in Capital Markets Day at their headquarters in Tempe. The event brought about 20 Eller women scholars to learn more about the possibility of careers in capital markets and at Edward Jones. Prior to visiting, some students described their idea of the trading floor as being male-dominated, aggressive or loud, as it often appears in the movies, but the student job shadows helped break down those stereotypes.
Students took a bus from Tucson to Tempe where the day began with a welcome address from one of the firm’s general partners. After a brief overview of the company and its culture, students were broken into small groups and able to shadow each of the municipal bonds, corporate bonds, and equity desks. Students also had lunch to network with leaders and associates at the firm followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.
Finance major Kham To describes her experience:
My favorite part of the day was the ability to rotate through each trading desk and get a feel for what each trader did on a daily basis. Everybody was very informative and I learned a lot about trading municipal and corporate bonds as well as equity. They were all willing to answer our questions, too, which I found very helpful.
The most important thing I learned from the Edward Jones experience is the positive company culture. I loved how inviting and calm the environment was. Everybody was doing their own thing while also talking to each other and having a good time. This is the type of work environment I can see myself in after I graduate from Eller.
Edward Jones currently host the Edward Jones Portfolio challenge on campus and was recently named #6 on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For”, its twelfth consecutive year on the top ten.