This is the third and final installment of “The Wildcats of Wall Street”; a series highlighting SBI graduates who are beginning full-time positions in the finance and banking industries. If you haven’t read them already, take a look at the first and second profiles in the series, which feature SBI alums Adrienne Galvin and Dave Lander. If you’re interested in learning more about the career opportunities open to SBI graduates, stay tuned for “The Futures Portfolio” a new series that will focus on how SBI alumni from different academic backgrounds have applied their SBI education to a diverse variety of careers.
Liz Carbone is on the move. To be specific, Liz (SBI 2012, Villanova 2014) has just left the Main Line for new accommodations in Manhattan. Liz is relocating in order to take part in a two-year Leadership Development Program for JP Morgan Chase. While in this full-time, paid position, Liz will rotate between three different job functions in the bank in order to develop a well-rounded understanding of JP Morgan and of the banking industry in general. Liz’s first rotation will be as a Marketing and Product Development Analyst for Chase’s Consumer and Community Bank.
Liz’s interest in the banking industry began with her time at SBI. While she went into the program unsure of her career goals, Liz’s experience in SBI piqued her interest in banking as a career and gave her the tools she needed to pursue it. “My background in business is also vital to my success at Chase because I have the confidence to work with my team as well as upper management.” Liz said, “SBI provided me with the necessary ground work to begin a career in banking.”
Liz built on that foundation by pursuing an internship in the field. She found one with JP Morgan through a networking contact she had developed. “I have realized that one of the most important things about the application process (for both internships and full-time positions) is networking…” Liz notes, “Do not be afraid to reach out to Alumni, or anyone you know who works in your field of interest.”
Liz’s time as an intern gave her an invaluable understanding of the banking industry that she couldn’t have picked up in a classroom. Liz recommends that students pursue an internship in their field of interest, as “It provides you with the opportunity to see how a business works from the inside, and helps you realize what you may or may not like about certain positions.” Taking on a summer internship can have an additional perk; an internship can serve as an extended evaluation period for potential hires, and many companies will offer full-time positions to interns who make a good impression. This is particularly true in the banking and finance industries. Liz was offered her full-time position at the conclusion of her internship, and consequentially was able to avoid the stress of the senior year job hunt.
On a good day, one can make the drive from Villanova to New York City in just under two hours, but the mental distance between the familiar confines of the college bubble and the hustle and bustle of New York’s financial district can seem far greater. Liz Carbone’s time at SBI helped her to bridge that gap, but her hard work and determination got her the rest of the way. “Be ambitious and do not be afraid to put yourself out there” Liz says.