Times Square, New York!
Hey all, been a while since I posted on the blog. Anderson has been keeping all of us busy and between on-campus company presentations, homework assignments, midterms and our upcoming finals we had to squeeze in a week for days on the job trip (DOJ). For the uninitiated, DOJ week in when all first years get a week off school to visit various companies we are interested in working for. A lot of folks travel all across the country to visit potential employers, some even travel to international locations such as Hong Kong, Singapore and London.
My trip began in NY on Monday where I flew in with six other Anderson students. We had a few hours to get settled in before our early start the next day so we made sure to visit the very famous Halal guys food truck for a late night dinner. During the trip, we were graciously hosted by about 15 banks the likes of which included Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merill Lynch, Citi group and many more. We spent our days scuttling on the subway between one bank to the next while sneaking in lunches and taking in all that New York had to offer. In 2 days, we covered 15 banks and were tired and exhausted but that didn't stop any of us from sending out our "Thank you" notes to everyone we met. On the final leg of our New York trip, we got a special invite for an alumni mixer at the Yale club where we reconnected with some of the alumni who took the time to meet us.
We used Wednesday as our travel day to travel to San Francisco and after checking into our hotel briefly explored the city for the few precious hours we had to ourselves. The next day we repeated our motions from New York and visited a host of banks in downtown San Francisco. Here too we met prestigious banks such as Credit Suisse, Qatalyst, Deutsche Bank, Barclays and Piper Jaffray. Again we were welcomed with open arms at all these banks and at each event we had Parker representatives present to provide us with some much-needed support. It's worth mentioning how much Parker cares about our career prospects and the lengths they go to ensure we sustain and nurture these relationships that have been years in the making and will serve future students for years to come.
Fruits of a successful DOJ trip!
Overall, our DOJ trip was a great success and we covered about 30 banks over a span of 5 days. This experience could not have been possible without my fellow students who handled the logistics of the entire trip and without the support demonstrated by our alumni at the aforementioned banks making an effort to support and hire Anderson students. From my perspective I gained insights into the inner workings of various banks, got a feel for the team I could be working with and even bonded with other students who might be working alongside me during my summer internship.