At the end of October, Nancy Gilbertsen, a director in the Office of Career Management at Fisher, organized a trip to New York City with the purpose of connecting Fisher graduate and undergraduate students with professionals and Ohio State alumni working in financial services such as investment banking and asset management. Around twenty Buckeyes took advantage of this opportunity, with ten of those students coming from the graduate programs at Fisher.
We started our trip with a tour of Bloomberg, which impressed all of us. In its main lobby, Bloomberg offers its employees and guests an all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink meal service free of charge. Throughout our time at Bloomberg, we saw Bloomberg TV and radio studios, meeting rooms, and offices. In the middle of our tour, Michael Bloomberg, the founder of Bloomberg and the past mayor of New York City, strolled right by our group – a very cool experience! After Bloomberg, UBS hosted our group at its offices, where Steve Pierson, UBS’s Co-Head of the Financial Institutions Group, presented at Q&A sessions with topics ranging from current trends in the market to the differences between bulge bracket and boutique investment banks. Upon conclusion of this presentation, we interacted with several UBS professionals in their Global Healthcare Group, all of whom were incredibly engaging and helpful in answering our many questions.
That night, we had dinner as a group at Nha Trang, a Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown. We went through a countless variety of delicious Vietnamese dishes, all pre-selected favorites of Professor Dan Oglevee, who was a regular at Nha Trang during his career on Wall Street.
On day two of our trip, we began with a tour of the New York office of KeyBanc Capital Markets, where we received a tour of the trading floor and presentations from a senior bankers in Key’s Debt Capital Markets group. Next, we travelled through Grand Central Station on the way to visit the New York Offices of Goldman Sachs, which are right across the street from the Freedom Tower, the tallest building in North America.
At Goldman Sachs, we participated in Q&A sessions with wonderful, professional, and friendly Ohio State alumni ranging from junior bankers to Jim McNamara, the Global Head of Asset Management, Third Party Distribution. Afterwards, we visited Sagent Advisors, where we met with Marty Murrer, a proud Ohio State alum, managing director, and co-founder of the firm. Mr. Murrer walked us through his career, gave us interview and career advice, and answered our wide array of questions. Our fourth stop that day was at the New York Offices of the Australian-based firm, Macquarie, where we had a Q&A session with Timothy Gallagher, a managing director at the firm and another proud Ohio State alum. We concluded this very long day with a networking dinner with over forty Ohio State alumni working in financial services at Da Noi, a wonderful Italian restaurant which reserved the entire back section of the restaurant for our event.
On our final day of the trip, we began our day at one of Professor Oglevee’s breakfast spots, the Majestic Delicatessen, where we enjoyed enormous bacon, egg, and cheese bagels. After we had sufficiently raised our cholesterol levels, we visited Barclay’s beautiful offices in Times Square. There we met with several Ohio State alumni, including Elizabeth Mily, a managing director in the Healthcare Division. These Barclays professionals were very generous in providing advice and insight to members of our group aspiring to work on Wall Street. We concluded our trip with a visit to ING’s New York offices, where we received presentations from seven professionals from throughout the firm and a tour of the trading floor.
It was a jam-packed three day trip to the Big Apple, and I highly recommend this trip to every Fisher student seeking a career in finance. The lessons that we learned from hearing these men and women’s different career paths and the advice that we received are invaluable. My interactions with these professionals provided some of the most helpful preparation for my investment banking interviews. In my opinion, Fisher’s Office of Career Management is second-to-none for reasons like this NYC Financial Services trip. As a Fisher graduate student, you have access to some of the best career advisors in the country, who will stop at nothing to help you make the most of the Ohio State alumni network of over half a million people. Take advantage of this resource – I’m sure glad that I did!