Dream Job Spotlight – Taylor Wolpe, Edward Jones Investment

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Taylor Wolpe is a Business Management major set to graduate in the Spring of 2019.  She has recently accepted a full-time position as a Compliance Rotational Development Associate for Edward Jones Investment in St. Louis, Missouri. 

 How did you find this position?

I initially found an internship opportunity for the regional headquarters in Tempe, Arizona in the Service Division. After talking with the recruiters, I was offered a position in St. Louis at the corporate headquarters last summer working as a Service Division intern; specifically, I worked with the JonesLink team. After the 10-week internship, I was offered an RDP spot in the Compliance Division.

Tell us about the process of interviewing with this company.

I had two separate interviewing processes for both my internship and my full-time position. For my internship, I had two phone interviews based on behavioral questions and found out if I got the position within the same month of interviewing. For my full-time RDP position, I had three different interviews with three divisions within the firm. The majority of the questions were solely behavioral, some slightly technical. Based on my performance over the 10 weeks, my interview performance, and the need within each division, I was placed accordingly.

What previous experience have you had that you think contributed to your success securing this position

I had previously worked for a small Public Relations firm in London, England where I was doing a lot of web design work. The vast majority of my internship assignment for Edward Jones was based on web design; therefore, I believe my PR position helped me standout during the recruiting process. In addition, my father and I started our own organization called RememberMe, which works with caregivers of patients suffering from a variety of terminal illnesses. Edward Jones works very closely with the Alzheimer’s Association, so we had that passion in common.

 What are you most looking forward to about your position/company?

I am really excited to have an opportunity to push myself on a professional level and on a personal one as well. Since I will be at corporate headquarters, I have the opportunity to be exposed to almost all of our general partners and our current managing partner. This summer, the mentorship opportunities I received were incredible and I had the opportunity to pick the brains of so many successful people working at the firm. I am looking forward to continuing the build stronger relationships this coming June with people a lot smarter than myself.

Words of advice

I have had a very interesting past four years. I was a transfer student from Georgia Southern University where I was playing college soccer. After an injury, I made the decision to retire early and transfer to U of A. I would be lying if I said I transferred to U of A for Eller; at the time of transfer, I was considering doing pre-law, psychology, journalism, and several other majors. I was extremely lost as to what I wanted to do and I felt like I had a lack of identity after I lost soccer. I finally decided on Business Management because of how broad of a major it is and I figured it would allow me still have opportunities outside of the corporate world. Transferring to Eller and pursuing a degree in Business Management was the best decision and the biggest blessing in disguise.

 Any word of advice you could give to your fellow Eller Students?

It is okay to not know what you want to do and to feel a little lost at times. Often times, during those periods of feeling lost, you start to figure out what you really want to do, who you really are, and what you are capable of doing, Say yes to opportunity- even when you are scared. Do not be afraid to ask for opportunity and utilize people as mentors. Do not waste time feeling sorry for yourself; it is okay to grieve and it is okay to be frustrated about a situation. However, if you find a way to utilize that “loss” as motivation to invest into yourself, you are going to be able to accomplish a lot more than you think. Finally and most importantly, be absolutely 100 percent who you genuinely are and never apologize for it. If you asked me four years ago if I was going to be working at the corporate headquarters at one of the largest investment firms in the country, I would have laughed. Through that process of failing, I allowed myself time to grow and mature into what I was meant to be doing. Best of luck to you all and if you ever need a connection at Edward Jones, do not be afraid to reach out.