Name: Jay Nam
Class Year: 2018
Major: Philosophy, Finance, and Information Systems
Favorite Class: Perspectives
Favorite thing about BC: The Rat
What can you see yourself doing after graduation?
Working in finance in New York
What are you doing to get there?
I’ll be interning at J.P. Morgan this summer in New York as an Investment Banking Analyst.
How did you learn about financial services?
I took the Sophomore Career Accelerator program with Amy Donegan. It is a CSOM elective (a one credit pass/fail course) that teaches you how to get an internship in business and exposes you to different career paths you can pursue with a business degree.
What factors have contributed to your interest in financial services?
I like that financial services involves working in a fast-paced environment in which you can learn a lot in a short period of time. There’s also a great BC network working in finance in New York. Working in financial services opens doors for you to either continue working in finance, or to pivot into other industries such as banking, consulting, teaching, recruiting, or operations management in which you can utilize your strong financial knowledge.
What advice would you give to students who are also interested in financial services?
It never hurts to start early. Network with seniors who have done internships in financial services and are on campus. I did six or seven informational interviews during my sophomore year with seniors and found that they were a great resource. These kinds of informational interviews can help you learn more about the industry and point you toward more opportunities to work in that field.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I directed a conference called the AHANA Business Leader Experience through the AHANA Management Academy this year for students of minority backgrounds who want to go into business. I gained great experience in learning how to organize a complex event and was able to be a resource for underclassmen who want to learn about different business areas.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My heroes in real life are Tim Cook, Barack Obama, and my grandma. Obama is my hero because he is charismatic and can rally people very well. I admire Cook because he had some big shoes to fill for Apple, but he is well respected by all around him while being an introverted yet effective leader. My grandma is my hero because she makes the best Korean food, and someday I want to be able to cook as well as she can.