Juan Pablo Blanco is majoring in Finance and graduating in May 2018. After graduation, Juan Pablo will be working as an Investment Banking Analyst at Citigroup in New York, NY.
What is the position you have accepted? Investment Banking Analyst
How did you find this position? I used LinkedIn to connect with the Latin America Investment Banking team and got on phone calls with around 10 people. Ultimately, the group reached out offering me the opportunity to interview.
Tell us about the process of interviewing with this company. After a fit/technical phone interview, I attended a superday (last round) which consisted of three interviews (two fit, one technical) at the Citi headquarters.
What previous experience have you had that you think contributed to your success securing this position? (ex. campus involvement, leadership, past internship):
Professional experience: Maxim Group (merchant banking), United Way (financial coach), Consulate of Mexico (protection department analyst)
Leadership experience/involvement: ALPFA (President), Investments Club (active member), Wall Street Scholars (associate), Eller Hispanic Honorary (Treasurer)
What are you most looking forward to about your position/company? I look forward helping companies growth via M&A, debt, and/or equity strategies. I’m also excited about traveling to Latin America, since I’ve never visited besides Mexico.
Any word of advice you could give to your fellow Eller Students? Finding a mentor can really make a difference in your professional development, because he/she can motivate you to push yourself and pursue a meaningful/fulfilling career. Also, seeking leadership positions in clubs can really set you apart when applying for internships and full-time jobs, since you gain exposure to managing teams, meeting timelines, and audience engagement. Lastly, you should take advantage of networking on LinkedIn, and get on the phone with people in positions/industries you’re interested in.