Caitlin Barner recently started her career with Vanguard in Scottsdale, Arizona after completing the College-to-Corporate internship the summer before her senior year. She is so thankful that Eller was able to provide her which an incredible network as well as skills such as teamwork and collaboration. Caitlin encourage students to keep in open mind when it comes to the job search because she never imagined herself in the financial industry yet she is loving the culture and environment she found within Vanguard.
What do you do on a typical day at work? Right now, I’m studying for my series 7 and 63 exams! Vanguard sponsors us with self-study time at work in between training, which is really great. After I finish that part up, I will be beginning rotations in 4 different departments throughout our Scottsdale office. My day-to-day depends on where I’m placed, which really keeps me on my toes and invites me to take on new challenges as I learn. My rotations will be focused on project management and people leadership and can range anywhere from leading a team of 20 associates to captaining a project to fulfill the business need.
How did you come across this opportunity? I interned for Vanguard last summer in their College-to-Corporate program and absolutely loved it! I met an amazing recruiter at the career fair and she told me about the opportunity. She was super eager to look over my resume and talk about my involvement and what it means to me as a part of my college career.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? Meeting the amazing people! Vanguard has a great culture, and going to work doesn’t seem like work when you’re surrounded by people who want to see you succeed! I also really enjoy the balance that I’m given – they understand your needs and set you up for success so that when you leave the office, you can take a breather and enjoy your life outside of the workplace! I also really love the philanthropic opportunities that we have – last week I ran a 5k for our Strong Start for Kids program we sponsor!
What skills do you find important in your industry? Overall, I think the finance industry fosters a strong curiosity to learn and grow every day. If you are adaptable, have sharp analytical skills, and are willing to go the extra mile for your clients and peers, that’s what matters most. In addition, presenting and working in teams has been shown to be a huge factor in your success in this industry.
In what ways did Eller prepare you for your job? Eller prepared me by providing the opportunity and allowing me to push the envelope – I am not scared of a challenge and have been given the tools to approach problems in creative ways that other people might not. I also think Eller makes you a people-person. I have met quite a few candidates from other schools that may look great on paper, but have a harder time interacting and working in groups – Eller taught me to crave the social aspects of work and get involved right away! Last, Eller allowed me to build a lifelong network – my peers have gone off to be successful in all different directions, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!
Any advice for student looking to enter your industry/company? Keep your options open – I never thought I would be working in the financial industry, and now I can’t imagine myself anywhere else. In addition, educate yourself about as much as you can – it broadens your view of business in general and helps you to understand what’s important both in your career and in your life outside work.
What is your favorite UA/Eller memory? Lighting the A during Homecoming – it was so humbling to be a part of a longstanding tradition and work with the community of Tucson! Senior year was the best (and the most emotional) – you think you have time to do everything, but at the end of the day, do what matters most to you! Time flies so quickly you won’t realize you’re an alum on your first day “adulting” in the real world!