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I used to be an analyst. Now I’m XXX

Do you ever wonder where your career path is leading you to? Who will you be, what will you do in 5 years?

I ask myself that question a lot, but I never do anything about it. Because there are endless possibilities. It’s a waste of time trying to figure it out because it’s impossible. You think you are going to that direction, then life happens, you change course.

That’s true. However, following that logic you can justify not doing anything in life.

This time I’m going to do something about it. I want to figure out who I will be in 5 years and I invite you to join me.

In the following months I’ll be doing a blog series called “I used to be an analyst”. I’ll be interviewing people who were once in our current position, entry level analysts. They are probably doing something different now, such as starting their own consultancy firm, Nonprofit Organization, investment firms, becoming a manager leading a team,  an executive leading a department of a conglomerate, or an independent analyst. Aren’t you curious why they made these career decisions? What they learnt along the way? Advice they would give to 22-year-old themselves when they were just getting started?

I’m choosing the first guest to interview. I’m inviting you to help me choose. Leave a comment below on who you want to get to know more of! I’ll go for the most popular one(s). Also, let me know what questions you want to ask them. If you click on their names, it will lead to their LinkedIn Profile page.

  1. Justin Zhen

Justin Zhen

Co-Founder of Thinknum, a web platform for financial analysis. He once was a sales and trading analyst in BNP Paribas, and senior analyst in strategic investment fund.

2. Peter Lillestolen, CTP

Peter Lillestolen, CTP

Manager of Multifamily Capital Market in Freddie Mac. He started his career as financial analyst in Freddie Mac and worked for multiple companies in variance of industries.

3. Milver Ruiz

Milver Ruiz

Manager in The Carlyle Group, one of the world largest private equity firm. He started his career as analyst in Consumer Electronics Association.

4. Lisa Frumin

Lisa Frumin

CEO of The Heart Alchemist LLC, offering leadership and career coach. She worked as a senior financial analyst in U.S. Federal Reserve Board. She still serves U.S. Federal Reserve Board as a policy analyst. After years of offering career advice with great success, she turned this hobby into a profession.

5. Sadler Walker

Sadler Walker

Financial Manager in Aimco Apartment Homes, a national apartment investment and construction firm. He started his career in Wells Fargo Bank as financial specialist. Then he continue worked as financial analyst in BAE System before he worked for Aimco, where he also started as a financial analyst.

So this is the list. Now you get to choose. I want to clarify that I’ve never spoke with most of people on the list. They would be very surprised to see their profile page click drastically increased all of a sudden. Send me more names if you are not satisfied with the list.

BTW, join my email list if you haven’t done so. You can get updates if you want to know how the interviews go.

I also created LinkedIn Group, it’s a great community for entry level analysts to help each other. Bring your friends to the group as well!!!

Happy Hump Day!

Best,

Jason Zhang

BestAnalyst.org

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