Business Students Take On Wall Street

November 28, 2018

By Haley Johnson

Thirteen seniors pursuing business and finance degrees traveled to New York City, November 7-9, to network and to tour some of the largest and most influential financial institutions in the world.

The economics and business department organized the trip, which was led by professors Paul Marmora and Stephan Unger. Included were meetings at Standard and Poor’s (S&P), UBS, Bank of New York, J.P. Morgan, and Bloomberg.

The group met Saint Anselm College alumni and experienced first-hand the fast-paced, competitive, and unpredictable culture of NYC’s financial district. Senior automotive analyst Kevin Tynan ’90, led the students on a tour of Bloomberg headquarters, while CFO of Issuer Services, Michael Scott ’91, welcomed them at Bank of New York Mellon (BYN Mellon). Recent alumnus Greg Merrill ’14, a financial advisor at UBS, also met with the group.

Each offered valuable career advice. Scott explained the advantages of a rotational program which helps young professionals build a wide set of skills, while Merrill committed to helping Saint Anselm students with year-around resume assistance, networking advice, and interview skills.

The trip came at a crucial time for seniors, as the fall semester is a popular application and decision-making period for students looking to join the workforce immediately after graduation.

“Senior year can be a stressful time with the job search,” said Professor Marmora. “Many seniors still don't have an idea about career aspirations, let alone who to ask for advice. So the NYC trip serves as a great opportunity to hear from successful business men and women who were in the exact same position not too long ago. Some students have even used these contacts to send in a resume and get a job directly.”

Students learned of entry-level positions at each of the organizations and were encouraged to leverage contacts to create job opportunities. The short trip was packed with meaningful advice and insight on how to hit the ground running after graduation. As finance and business double major Laura Kane said, “It was a great opportunity to network with alumni, learn about positions available upon graduation, and explore the financial capital of the world.”

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