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Charlotte DeHaven
Finance

"Learning something new, and becoming more an expert in something, is exciting to me."

As children, we're all asked the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" How did you answer?

A Doctor.

What have been the most defining moments along your career path?

The most defining point in my career path was when I decided to not turn in my medical school application my senior year of college and try out a job in the financial sector. When you are pre-med day one of college, you are moving forward so quickly, that you rarely stop to think, is this what I really want to do?

How did you get your big breaks?

My big breaks typically came through relationships I had formed in the past. When you have a good relationship with someone, and they respect what you've done, I have found that they are willing to go out on a limb for you and help you get into other organizations or positions. If a break hasn't been through relationships, it has been through persistance. I really think that being persistant, excited and a 'go getter' makes someone stand out when they are trying to get an interview.

What was the best advice you received when you were first starting out in your career?

A first impression is extremely important and lasts. Someone told me that your peers will form opinions about you over the first couple of weeks at a job, so work hard and be very enthusiastic when you first start.

What have you learned from your experience?

The people that you work with, and the surroundings that you put yourself in, are two factors that are extremely important when deciding where to work. If you don't like the people you work with, you will not be happy with what you're doing, no matter how interesting the work is. People should always think about environment and culture before accpeting a job.

What most excites you about your job right now?

Versus my last job, I feel like I am closer to the projects that I am working on and am learning more. Learning something new, and becoming more an expert in something, is exciting to me.

What would you like to have achieved by the last day of your career?

I would like to look back at my career and say that I liked what I did, and I truly enjoyed the people that I worked with. I also would like to be able to say that I learned what I originally wanted to, worked hard and formed lasting relationships. In addition, I hope that people look to me for advice in whatever field I have been working in, and respect the work that I have done.

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