I am Stewart
@ Asset Management
I graduated from the University of Florida last year, and have been working at a small financial services company as a data entry assistant. I originally studied Statistics and Applied Math, but was not able to get a job during recruiting season. And now I think about it, I was never good at job search: in my junior year, my friends and I were all interviewing for internships. And I remember getting a few interviews and 0 offers. At that point, I didn’t think much of it, but because I didn’t put much effort into this, it has become a problem. I feel stuck at my job doing pointless work and do not feel I am using my degree at all. The worst part is, I have no idea how to get away from this situation. Other companies won’t consider me for their entry-level positions and I am not experienced enough to apply for other roles. I wanted to change my career entirely and began working with Shoo-In to make that happen.
My mentors helped me to re-ignite my interest in analytics by introducing me to new career fields.
Lars reminded me that everything takes time and created a custom plan to fit my full-time job.
I had to learn lots of new topics: technical skills, networking tactics and interview preparations.
Within 2 weeks, I felt confident. The mentorship was unlike anything else I had experienced before.
When I first started, I didn’t think I’d be able to complete all the training, because the tasks were so different compared to my background. Financial modeling, market research, and team management – I had virtually zero experience. But my mentors re-assured me that compared to my studies, this would be a piece of cake.
I have to admit – the first couple weeks of the program was tough for me – I haven’t studied for over a year! But I met a number of Shoo-In alumni during networking events and they all have amazing success, so I decided to stay on course. I joined in March and by April, my training sessions had began to show results.
Yeung helped me to structure my story and I practiced this for 2 hours a day. After 3 weeks, I knew my story like the back of my hand. I knew exactly how to introduce myself, and how to answer career questions. I was still not close to passing a tough interview, but I felt much comfortable, knowing that I had my story down.
Shoo-In was a game-changer for me. Previously, I thought I only needed help on “What to say”, but I realized that now it’s more about “how to say it”. It’s similar to playing in the NBA – all players’ skill levels are similar, the differentiator is their attitude on the court, that would decide the result of a game.
For 3 weeks, Lars was my drill sergeant, who strengthened my technical skills. I hadn’t used anything I learned in school on the job, so I forgot a large part of my academic training. But Lars quickly whipped me back into shape and even taught me how to talk like a data scientist to fit in with the professional crowd.
I went from a shy, data-centered student to an efficient networker. As a result, I got 4 interviews and received 3 job offers in investment analysis and financial engineering with top firms in New York City. I am finally back in control. Knowing you always have the tools to succeed is the best feeling in the world.