WARNING-THIS IS NOT JUST FOR ECON MAJORS! (Open to all majors)

The Colby College Career Center, Passionate Alumni and Parents, and Alumni Relations/Development will be hosting the third annual PAVING THE ROAD TO A FUTURE IN FINANCE (a day-long event) in Boston at Fidelity Investments (World Trade Center/Seaport Area at 200 Seaport Blvd) on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 (last day of fall break).

What We Provide:

  • An exclusive opportunity to spend the day with over 100 alums/parents with over 2000 years of combined experience in financial service professions.
  • An unparalleled chance to network with passionate professionals who are looking to hire liberal arts graduates to fill full-time and internship positions.
  • A broad perspective on how to approach the process of finding your first job and how to think about career choice.
  • A session to practice interviewing with professionals in the field who will provide immediate feedback.

What You Provide:

A polished, pre-professional student ready to demonstrate that Colby is educating another generation of smart, engaging, inquisitive young adults ready to take on the challenges and responsibilities of the next generation of business leaders.

Advance registration is required, along with a $20.00 deposit (refundable upon participation) if you plan to take the Career Center sponsored bus.

In order to register, you must submit application materials.  Applications, including a detailed proposal and Career Center-approved resume, are due: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 AT 12:00 P.M. (NOON).

>> 2014 Applications are not yet available; you will get a notice when they are, after which they can be downloaded from the Colby CareerLink system; upon login, type “Paving” in the search field near the top of your Home screen.

Instructions for Resume Review and Application Submission:

  • Submit current resume to be reviewed via resume@colby.edu. Put “Paving the Road” in the subject line of your e-mail.
  • Please use the Resume Guide in Colby CareerLink (in the Document Library under the “Resources” tab) as a reference.
  • Complete the application form
  • Submit your completed application form, along with your Career Center reviewed resume, in Colby CareerLink by going to the “Paving the Road to a Future in Finance” posting (see above) and clicking the “Apply” button.
  • Erica Humphrey will review and approve all applications and resumes submitted; she may ask that some revisions be made.

Professional dress (interview attire) is required.

  • See http://pinterest.com/colbyconnect/ for examples and suggestions
  • There is a program available through an alumnus to provide pre-identified students with appropriate attire.

Please contact Erica Humphrey (erica.humphrey@colby.edu) or Alisa Johnson (ajohnson@colby.edu) in the Career Center with any questions.

Fall 2013 Schedule (for review)
* All events were held at the BC Club, 100 Federal Street-36th Floor *
(2014 Schedule will be forthcoming.)

 

6am Bus leaves Colby
10:00am Financial Firm Presentations Wellington Management, Fidelity, Credit Suisse, Cambridge Associates
12:15pm Lunch “How to Land Your First Job in Financial Services” – Alumni hosts will lead conversations around 13 key topics.
1:45pm Alternative Investment Sectors Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Managed Futures, Venture Capital, Real Estate
2:35pm Stock Picking/Global Macro Analysis
3:15pm Business School Panel
3:45pm Top 10 Interviewing Mistakes to Avoid
4:00pm One-on-One Speed Interviews 50 alums asking their toughest questions-25 minute, rotating sessions
5:30pm Networking Mixer Alums will be grouped by industry so students can explore specific career paths.
7:30pm Final Panel “Embracing Change to Advance Your Financial Career”, hosted by Bob Diamond, Chairman of Colby’s Board of Trustees
8:30pm Bus back to Colby  Boxed dinners to be pre-ordered on ride to event.
~12:00am Bus returns to campus

 

Student Testimonials from Past Events:

“Colby College has an extensive and dedicated alumni network, many of whom work in the Financial Services Industry. The Paving the Road event allows students a unique opportunity to not only glean information about the careers of our alumni, but about potential internship or job opportunities. This is a great chance for students to learn directly about a career in Finance as well as how to get there. I can attribute all of my internships and now job to contacts I made networking with alumni.” Thomas Abe ‘13

“I signed up for the Paving the Road to Finance trip following a suggestion from a Career Center advisor. I knew very little about finance then and was unsure if I even wanted to apply for finance jobs/internships. The trip served as a summer internship search kick-off event for me. I ended up learning about the sell-side, buy-side, private equity, investment banks, M&A, and many other financial terms through company presentations and conversations with alumni. The trip got me to consider finance as a career option, and it ended with me pursuing a summer internship in a financial firm.” Chiran Bhandari ‘13

“I attended this event last year, and it was extremely useful; many thanks to alums who came to give their insights and advices. I networked with many finance professionals at various levels in their careers, and I learned how to best prepare for both networking and real interviews. I highly recommend to anyone who is interested in finance to attend.” Jean-Jacques Ndayisenga’13

The Paving the Road to Finance trip was a great opportunity to hear from financial professionals working in the major areas of the industry. The speakers’ presentations about their different career paths and current positions offered valuable insight into what job opportunities I might want to pursue in not only the finance industry, but other areas as well. Additionally, it gave me the chance to practice networking and interviewing. I would highly recommend that any student with an interest in finance participate in this event. Will Taft ‘13

“In the fall of 2012, I knew I wanted to be in finance, but beyond that I was pretty lost. This event helped me explore my options and understand how my skills as a liberal arts student would benefit me. I was very inspired by one of the presentations in particular, and I have no doubt that it played a large role in my ability to land a summer internship there. The connections I made at the event and the advice I received were so important in my internship search, and I am eager to maintain those relationships in the future.” Caitlin Vorlicek ‘14

“Last year, I attended the Paving the Road to Finance event as a sophomore with an interest in finance, but without knowing where or how to start my own career path. I was able to listen to Colby alumni from every division of the financial sector, which helped me get a better understanding of the industry as a whole. The mock interviews, resume advice, and networking practice helped me to prepare for applying for my internship at Credit Suisse. This summer at Credit Suisse I rotated around sales, trading, and research within securitized products, but I also got some exposure to the equities division, rates, commodities, and asset finance. I plan on applying to the Credit Suisse junior internship program for next summer.” Ben York ‘15