How did Bentley help you get to where you are today in your career?
Bentley provided the tools and resources I needed to establish a solid foundation in finance, both in an academic and a practical sense. Today in my career, I leverage my knowledge of different asset classes and strategies to analyze client situations to provide more informed and confident recommendations.
What are the top three skills you gained in your program at Bentley?
- Sharper networking skills. With social events and topical seminars, Bentley students can develop their networking skills. It was easy to find an on campus activity that suited my interests and curiosity. Along the way, I met many fascinating and accomplished individuals who shared a similar passion for finance while also sharpening my networking skills.
- Resourcefulness. I recall a test in my Financial Modeling class where we were required to create a VBA macro in excel that seemed impossible at the time. However, we were allowed to use Google to find the necessary code since, after all, you can do this in real life. This taught me a valuable lesson that you should use everything that’s available to you in an ethical manner to get the job done.
- Technical application skills. For students, I find it important to obtain a solid baseline ability to use and navigate consolidated platforms such as Bloomberg and FactSet. Like most aspiring analysts, I wasn’t certain what sector or asset class I’d ultimately cover after graduation. The MSF program acknowledged this by assigning projects diversified enough to prepare students for just about any scenario.
"I dealt with real-world business challenges every day."
What would you tell someone considering your program at Bentley?
Graduating from Bentley is not for the faint of heart. Expect to be challenged by graduate intensive coursework and a competitive student body. But through this process and with hard work, you will evolve from a “student of the game” to become an asset to the finance community and a source of potential innovation.