“What do you want to do when you grow up” is a question I believe people of all ages should ask themselves. It is always important to have a goal and destination in mind. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “If you don’t know where you’re going any road will take you there”. My father first told me that quote while I was trying to think of a senior quote the night before they were due. After thinking about it, I realized that nothing was truer. If you don’t have even a general idea of where you want to go or what you want to accomplish, how are you supposed to know what path to take? However, thinking of what you want to do is a task that is harder than it sounds.
As a nineteen year old turning twenty in 3 days I have already changed my career plans several times. Starting as a 5 year old with aspirations to play in the MLB, then to a sports buff wanting to work in the front office for the New York Yankees to now finally finding something that I think I can spend a long time doing. Business sparked my interests early on in high school. Although there were no business related courses until my senior year I knew some type of business was where I wanted to end up. Taking a course titled “Virtual Enterprise” in high school solidified my choice. In that class we set up a mock business and entered into the market with other companies from schools across the globe. It was the first year we had the program at our school, so we had to start up a business that would run for future senior classes to take over. I was placed in the 4 man Finance department as VP of Finance. Having no business experience I quickly learned the basics of what a finance department does. Knowing business was my plan I applied to schools and finally chose IU based on the merit of the Kelley School of Business. So far, the classes I have taken at Kelley have only furthered my interest in finance. I have exceled in all my accounting and economics classes and am looking forward to starting on my finance major after completing I-core.
My plan is to double major in finance and accounting. Although, I do not view accounting as exciting as finance I believe it will give me a good background to take into the business world. While finding out my major choices was somewhat easy, thinking of a specific career path in finance the same cannot be said. I only recently have become educated in what banking is and all of the subdivisions it contains. Originally I had plans to enter the corporate world hoping one day to become CFO or CEO of a top company, now I want to be a banker and work on Wall Street. The idea of managing other people’s money, the risk involved, and the fast paced environment banking provides is what attracts my interests. The idea of rushing to close a multi-billion dollar deal where a lot is on the line seems stressful, but to me it sounds exhilarating.
During my undergraduate career I hope to be accepted to join in the Investment Banking Workshop. To me this is an important step in the process to becoming an investment banker. To be successful on Wall Street not only will I need strong analytical and technical skills, but I will also need solid networking and people skills. I believe the workshop is the best opportunity to learn all the necessary skills and network with professionals to learn more about the industry. Weather I am admitted into the workshop or not, it is vital for me to secure an internship following my junior year. I want to get an internship at a top tier investment bank in New York City. Being from Long Island I am biased to want to work in New York City over Chicago. At this stage in the game it is less important to me weather the bank I go to is a bulge bracket bank, like Goldman Sachs or JP Morgan, or a middle market boutique bank, like William Blair or Robert W. Baird, as long as it is towards the top in compared to its respective competition. While it is vital I learn as much as I can as...
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