“You look at the floor, and it looks diverse. But there’s really no interaction with diverse team members — [they] aren’t going to lunch together, they aren’t collaborating together, they are not called on in team meetings …They’re kind of isolated.”
“Given I had never worked for a really large company, I had the image of these large firms as really well-oiled machines where everything was operating smoothly. It was reassuring and almost calming to see that there are mistakes along the way and no one’s perfect.”
While Lee had to quickly respond to the market crash, Song’s investments were already completely safe due to pure chance. He had liquidated his portfolio right before the crash with the intent of constructing a new one.
“At the end of the day, I had to take a job I didn’t really want coming out of school at a pay rate that I probably didn’t want either,” Nolan said. “But I suppose that’s part of what made me an attractive candidate.”
I think for finance careers in general, students typically think about investment banking, especially at the undergraduate level. Part of that is because the investment management industry is not as visible on campus, they don’t tend to recruit in as great numbers as investment banking or consulting. However, this is an area that can be very rewarding, intellectually stimulating, and lucrative. If you are interested in that blend of quantitative and qualitative skills, this is a profession you should consider.
The SC Johnson College of Business launched an online accounting certificate as part of their eCornell initiative. The program is designed for working professionals seeking additional credentials or pre-MBA students who want to get a head start.
“At the end of the day, joining a business fraternity or any club on campus is for the people you meet and the relationships you form,” said Hyland. “My friends at PCT are some of my closest friends here at Cornell.”