Cleveland, Chicago, New York. Students in the MSM-Finance program visited top corporations in all three finance hubs in City Treks organized by the Weatherhead School of Management’s Career Management Office. These trips are offered every spring and fall semester and provide a chance for students to grow their networks and connect with alumni. They also often spur internship and job opportunities.
In Chicago, students visited Morningstar, Trading Technologies, Elmspring, 1871 and Megalytics. They connected with company leaders, swapped business cards and LinkedIn invites and met with Weatherhead alumni. Finance students Siqi Chen, Yiran Wang and Jiayun Zhu all enjoyed the visit to Morningstar, which is an investment research and management firm headquartered in the Windy City. “The atmosphere at Morningstar was quite perfect and it gave me the opportunity to talk with the people who work there,” says Zhu. “I felt that they are really passionate about their work.” Wang enjoyed the presentation and Q&A with the employees from various departments, and Chen loved the “culture of the company, the creativity and freedom.”
In New work, students visited Bloomberg, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Privco, PwC and Samsung Asset Management. In addition to touring companies, networking with employees and listening to presentations, students also had a chance to meet with Case Western Reserve alumni Vincent Coe, who is a senior advisor at PwC, and Teahwa Kim, president of Samsung Asset Management.
“I liked the Bloomberg trip the best,” says Zedi Li. “First, it was a really wonderful experience to visit its highly advanced and beautifully decorated office building. Also, I learned a lot about the useful functions of the Bloomberg terminal, which is definitely helpful in my future career.”
For Joe Gaglione, the trip to NYC helped him begin to shape his post-grad plans. “Attending the NYC City Trek allowed me to truly decide if NYC was a destination I wanted to potentially work in post-graduation,” he says. “In addition, it allowed me to see, firsthand, how a breadth of finance companies ranging from household names to start-ups operate on a daily basis. This exposure was unique, and certainly aided me in my job search process and allowed me to target the type of company I felt was ideal for me.”