Year Graduated: 2011
Major at Michigan: Economics
Share the story of why you chose your major.
As a Freshman I took a lot of classes in a variety of fields in order to find what I was passionate about. I found the most interest in my math and economics courses. I also knew that with out having a clear passion for a specific field, economics would provide me the most well rounded major when looking to find a job after graduation. It also provided me the greatest opportunities and versatility when looking for internships and eventually full time jobs.
At Michigan, I spent most of my time outside the classroom…
Outside of the classroom I spent most of my time working or hanging out with friends. I worked at a law firm in town and was often there after classes, Monday-Friday. When not working or studying I was hanging out with friends: cooking dinner, bowling, tailgating, etc.
What story stands out to you in your first year on the job?
One great thing about Capital One is how much confidence and trust they put in their new associates. One particular example was when I was relatively new at the company and they entrusted me with a large project that forced me to step outside of my comfort zone. I had to work with several people in order to learn and understand the project but, in the end, was able to pull together a clear model that we presented to my director for approval.
What’s next in your story? (next steps, future plans)
I will rotate out of Acquisitions and into a new position in April 2012. I am hoping to rotate into an Accounting or Procurement role so that I can get experience in fields I have not yet worked. I am looking forward to getting married in May 2013 and, hopefully, buying a house soon after.
What is one thing every student should have on their “career to-do” list?
If you have the opportunity to be in a rotational program I think it is an enormous benefit. Aside from being able to work in numerous departments and witness different aspects of the company from different perspectives, you have excellent networking opportunities that you can use years later.
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