Career Development Workshop
Written by Casey Edward O'Meara   
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For many of NYU’s financial mathematics students, the past few years have been filled largely with academic challenges. The majority of students have little to no experience in the workforce and are unfamiliar with the many challenges posed by the job search process. However on Friday, October 12th, the program held its annual Career Development Workshop to help them address this.

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The workshop began with a series of presentations from some of the industry’s well-seasoned veterans. Kicking it off was Joe Castellano, president of Securities Technology Resources. Joe addressed the class about the importance of careful interview preparation as well as the merits of proactively networking. Next to speak was Jerri Rettig of executive search firm Solomon Page. Jerri talked to the students about how best to evaluate the opportunities and employment offers that the students would soon be weighing. Jack Jefferies of ONETEAM Consulting followed with a discussion on the art of negotiation. And closing out the presentations was Vladimir Finkelstein, founding partner and Chief Science Officer of Horton Point LLC. An alumn of NYU, Dr. Finkelstein spoke to the class about his personal transition from the university’s physics department to the forefront of the field of quantitative finance.

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Following the presentations, the students were given the opportunity to refine their interviewing skills in several rounds of mock interviews. The combination of quantitative and behavioral interviews gave the students a chance to see where their strengths lie as well as which areas could use improvement. Afterwards, the students, faculty, and presenters gathered at the nearby Society Bar & Restaurant to relax and kick the weekend off with a happy hour.–CASEY O’MEARA

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