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What have been the most defining moments along your career path?
Entering the training program at Paine Webber. It's an excellent training program. They're getting people from all kinds of backgrounds. They get people who had accounting and finance training and people who were English majors as well. We have a very rigorous accounting and finance program. It's one month.
The great thing about it is that we're only hiring about fifteen to twenty people for investment banking and a couple people for real estate and a couple people for our municipal securities group. So our training class in under thirty. Everyone had a computer, we were doing modeling during training. We were very involved in the training program. You learn an incredible amount, and during that time you're having lunches with all of the different industry and product groups here, so you really get to know each group really well during training, so by the end of training, you can make a much more informed decision about where you want to go.
In my training class, about 90% of the people got their first choice. You get to know the groups so well that at the end you know each other so well.
How did you get your big breaks?
I did a program called Sponsors for Educational Opportunity during my junior and senior year, and I was placed at Paine Webber, and had a tremendous opportunity. It's an Internship Program. I was a summer analyst.
I had a great experience. I thought the people really had an open mind to what I could bring to the table, they really took advantage of what I knew and taught me a lot and took an interest in my development. And that's why I came back. I had other offers and decided Paine Webber was the place where I would get the best experience judging by the level of interest of the people here. Lucky for me they felt the same and offered me a job.
What was the best advice you received when you were first starting out in your career?
Given as much as you can, and then perhaps a little bit more.
What have you learned from your experience?
I've learned a lot about finance and accounting, and I think my technical skills have become pretty decent. In addition to that, I've really become a professional here. I've had a lot of exposure to senior management and clients that has allowed me to sharpen my professional skills and my presentation skills. It's really a well-rounded experience. You learn about finance, you learn about marketing, you learn about inter-personal skills.
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What most excites you about your job right now?
The work that I do and the people. It's a very challenging environment, very amicable. People treat you with a lot of respect and expect a lot from you and give you a lot. You are not in the shadows here, you do work and you get recognized for the work that you do, and people acknowledge the job that you're doing, versus at some other places where you could be working your butt off, but noone would ever know. Here, they know it, they recognize it, and they compensate you by giving you better work. You get staffed on deals with the senior partners here.
There is no substitute for hard work; and life isn't fair. If you have to work harder than the other guy, then that's just the way it is.
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