Over thirty students crammed into the Faculty Library on Wednesday, August 28, for the Finance Club’s Mentorship Kickoff. A panel of five speakers from the Finance Advisory Board (FAB), an alumni association, spoke with students about their FAB Mentorship Program and offered career advice.
The panelists comprised of Albert Torres: ’09, Financial Associate, JP Morgan Chase’s Corporate Financial Reporting; Peter Garcia ’09, Compliance, TD Ameritrade Institutional; Matthew McNeilly (M.B.A) ‘02, chair of the FAB, and Director Debt Capital Markets, HSBC; Andrew Mancini ‘09, Trade Support Analyst, Barclays; and Matthew Semmelrock ‘09, Sales Assistant, Barclays.
The event’s open-ended format in which the panelists shared their biographies, answered questions, and spoke with students enabled the attendees to connect with the speakers.
Instead of leaving immediately after the presentation, the five alumni chatted with students individually and exchanged business cards. Torres, Garcia, McNeilly, Mancini, and Semmelrock continue to respond to students’ emails this week which Finance Club President Alexis Salerno believes, “illustrates the mentors’ commitment to serving the students at Seton Hall.”
Several key lessons emerged from a night filled with helpful career advice. First and foremost, all five stressed the importance of getting involved early as a freshman or sophomore and assuming leadership roles as a junior or senior within the Seton Hall community.
Since the demonstration of strong leadership skills can set one apart from other job applicants, the mentors encouraged students to participate in clubs such as the Stillman Exchange, the HallStreet Fund, the Finance Club, and ALPFA. The FAB members attribute the association’s formation to the strong connections they established while at Seton Hall. Thus, they encouraged current Seton Hall students to start building networks today so that current students can succeed in the future.
The Finance Club is open to all Seton Hall students. President of the Finance Club, Alexis Salerno states, “The Finance Club exposes students to a range of professionals in finance such as CEOs, entrepreneurs, investment bankers, and senior commodities traders.” The club also arranges site visits to corporate offices.
“The Finance Club is unique in that its guest speaker series attracts high powered businesspeople that have a passion for advising students,” says Salerno. During club events, “guests serve as mentors answering questions about a wide array of items, including course selection, internship options, workplace expectations,” according to the Finance Club President.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Sept. 10 print edition.
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