Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Academy Week Preview: Capital Markets

Academy Week begins October 20. This intensive week immerses our first-year MBA students in the fundamentals of their focus industries, through alumni panels and group sessions, visits to leading companies in the field, and professional development enhancing activities. This week, our second-year MBA students will revisit last year's Academy Week, to give you an idea of what to expect.

Today Rene Lopezvictoria, MBA'15, shares Academy Week highlights as a student in the Capital Markets Academy, which focuses on investment management, investment banking, and principal investing.

Which companies did you visit during Academy Week?

Barclays, Morningstar, William Blair, RW Baird, Harris Associates, Driehaus Capital Management, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Mizuho Securities, and Sanford Bernstein.

Which was your favorite company? Why?

My favorite company was Goldman Sachs. We had the opportunity to visit its headquarters in downtown Manhattan. One of my favorite parts of the visit was walking through the massive trading floor, which was inhabited by hundreds of very smart, driven, and competitive people. At least that was the impression I got after a few minutes of observing them engaging in financial transactions for one of the most important financial institutions in the world. After meeting with people from the derivatives division and listening to them talk about high frequency trading and other complex subjects, I was convinced. I decided to choose Goldman Sachs as one of my top companies for my summer internship.

How did Academy Week enhance your career?

Academy Week allowed me to experience the work environment and culture of some of the top firms on and off Wall Street. It also gave me the chance to strengthen my networking skills both on a professional level—during company visits—and in an informal level—during happy hours and one-on-one meetings.

What was the most fun part about Academy Week?

After one of the longest days of the trip, we had a happy hour at a very interesting place near Times Square. We had the chance to interact with Kelley alums ranging from recent to more senior graduates. It was amazing to see that most of them knew each other regardless of the generational differences. It was also incredible to see how happy they were to talk to us and try to help us in whichever way they could with the job search process. This happy hour also was a great opportunity to create bonds within the Academy that remain very strong to this day.

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