I currently work as a Senior Middle Office Associate in Investment Banking at Hedgeserv Corporation serving a large Global hedge fund based in New York City. In my day to day role, I assist in managing daily trading transactions as well as cooperating and coordinating with my global team to ensure a seamless trading experience for our client across the globe.
Prior to my current role, I had many professional experiences in public, private and non-profit professional organizations. During my time at PBA, I had the pleasure of interning at the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches as well as the International Polo Club of the Palm Beaches. I served as president of the international business honors society Sigma Beta Delta, as well as the Global Network Society and coordinated networking events for the students involving professional originations I had connections to. Following my graduation, I pursued my MBA as the University of Saint Mary’s in Twickenham through the Mountbatten Institute, while working full time at HSBC Investment Bank in London as a Middle Office controls Analyst. Following my time in London, I finished my MBA by writing my dissertation in Bangkok researching the emerging Markets of South east Asia and the expansion of Multinational Organizations into emerging economies. After finishing my MBA, I worked for HSBC Investment Bank as a BRCM Risk manager in Manhattan, New York. During my time there, I was presented with a great opportunity with the private organization Hedgeserv Corporation, and have been at my current role since March of 2017.
Some important factors to consider in the professional world are pay, benefits, hours, the ability to have work-life balance and most importantly, how you will fit into the team. You need to know yourself and have the confidence to present yourself and your skills at an interview so that your potential new employer can start to get to know you in the little time you have allotted in an interview. How you will fit in with the team could be a very important factor that could determinate whether you will flourish or struggle in your new role.
"You will make mistakes. Don't try and hide it."
I deal with various people and cultures internationally, and PBA has taught me respect, tolerance and patience when dealing with people that come from different backgrounds and places. At PBA, I learned perspective, that everyone comes from unique circumstances, and at the end of the day, the best way to work together is through kindness, patience and cooperation towards a common goal.
Start applying early on. It may take 6 month or more after you graduate to land your first job. Start building up your LinkedIn now to market yourself to new potential employers.
When you begin working, don’t ever be afraid to ask questions. If you are confused about something, speak up. No one will think less of you. In fact, they will respect you for wanting to develop a clear understanding and do your work correctly.
You will experience conflict, perhaps sooner that you expect. In times of conflict, it may be best to first talk out the situation with a mentor who can look at the problem more objectively than you can, and provide suggestions based on their pervious professional experiences. Don’t forget to stay calm and trust in God that the challenge will only make you stronger.
You will make mistakes. Don’t try and hide it. Be transparent. Your employers will respect you for your honesty.
Don’t forget to advocate for yourself. If you think you can handle the big project, or you think you deserve a promotion, go ahead and say it! If you don’t, someone else will.
Trust your gut and your conscience. Some say that one of God’s ways of speaking to us. He will guide you in the direction that is best in His plan, you just have to have faith and trust.
I have had a couple of mentors in my professional field and I think it is a very important thing to have in all stages of your career. Someone who can say, “It’s alright, I’ve been there too. This is what I did and it turned out well. This is what I did, and it is a mistake you can learn from.” A mentor is also someone who can challenge you and encourage you to do more than you thought you could. It is someone who guides you in your professional life, and could perhaps count on you for some input as well.
My mentors have guided me through difficult times, and have also encouraged me to succeed in endeavors I would have not ordinarily taken on my own. They have presented me with opportunities, introduced me to people in their network and helped me build my own network in more ways than I can explain.
Spotlight posted in October 2017. For current updates from Angie, visit her LinkedIn page.