Alternate Careers in Finance Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

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Panel participants included (from left to right): Lawrence Gore, president, Wilmington Trust FSB; Ron McGann, managing director, JPMorgan Private Banking; Bob Power, vice president, NYSE Euronext; and John Sporn, assistant economist, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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Dean Braun (right) moderated the panel discussion.

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John Sporn (left) shared his experiences as a recent graduate and his enthusiasm about continuing education even after graduation. "Softer skills are very important in addition to quantitative skills – you need to be able to communicate well."

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The panel discussed how to choose the right career path and provided advice to students on how to conduct themselves during an interview. "Come prepared for interviews, do research, stay up on the market reading the Wall Street Journal or New York Times. Figure out different ways to get to the interviewer ("mapping") – get to people from a mutual connection," advised Lawrence Gore.

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Bob Power (left) provided insight about attracting new corporations to the New York Stock Exchange. "Get a passion for what you're doing – take it one step at a time. If you don't know what you want to do right away, it's OK, but network!" Ron McGann also discussed how to stand out in the position you take upon graduation. "Nobody is going to take charge of your career but you. Embrace change - out of change comes opportunity."

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The multi-campus audience (via videoconference to Pleasantville) was able to participate in a Q&A session at the end of the presentation.

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"Alternate Careers in Finance" panel after the discussion.

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The panel with students after the presentation.

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Bob Power and Dean Braun after the event.

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Panel participants took time to answer questions from students on an individual basis.