Why did you choose to work at Wells Fargo Securities (WFS)?
When I began to consider internships in finance, I reached out to a number of different banks. Some of my most productive and enjoyable interactions were with WFS recruiters. I found that the analysts, directors, and even managing directors at WFS were willing to take time to speak with me. I learned a great deal from them about the culture and platform. When it came time to choose an internship, WFS was the place where I felt most wanted and welcomed.
What do you wish you had known when going through the campus recruiting process?
I wish I had known more about what investment banking and sales and trading entailed. Like most people, I had the basic knowledge of products versus coverage groups and sort of understood the broad strokes. This is an opaque industry ? it?s full of jargon and an organization is hard to understand from the outside. The more you know up front, the more substantive the questions you can pose during recruiting.
Describe your summer internship experience at WFS.
I had an amazing internship experience. I was especially grateful for the way WFS assigned locations. By allowing me to hear from people representing all of the groups and locations, I was able to make a more informed choice. I loved being in San Francisco, which is admittedly not a conventional location for an east coaster looking to go into investment banking. The experience itself gave me a solid foundation in the actual workings of the group. There are a great number of logistical aspects of this job that you can?t learn by studying accounting or modeling. You have to be there, working on a live deal, to really
understand how things work. That was valuable experience to have under my belt going into full time training.
What do you love about your job?
This job is a constant challenge. I deal with a lot of similar assignments, handling financial statements that follow the same general format. Yet every company is unique. As frustrating as it can be to dig out the nuances of a business, to truly understand on a deep level what it is and what it needs, can also be very rewarding.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Everyone knows the hours are long. It?s surprising, though, how bearable they are. You?re in the office late, but at least you?re there with your coworkers. You definitely have to learn how to pace yourself and know when you need to take a break.
What is the best thing about living and working in your city?
San Francisco?s greatest asset is the variety of experiences it has to offer. Wine country is an hour away, and when I interned, my coworker and I spent a day wine tasting in Sonoma. The food is incredible. The different neighborhoods, from the Haight to North Beach to the Mission, are all distinct. For a lifelong southerner like myself, the mild climate is a great change.
What would you be doing if you weren?t in investment banking?
If I wasn?t with WFS, I would probably be in a graduate economics program somewhere. Staying in school wasn?t my first choice, and if I decide to ever go back, I will do so with better skills and work ethic.