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Andrew Managing Director, Equity Capital Markets Investment Banking division, New York

My first impression of the firm was that everyone was willing to teach and mentor you and was very interested in getting to know you individually.

My Work

I work in the Financing group dedicated to the real estate sector in the Investment Banking division. Activities that I am involved in include helping public and private companies capitalize themselves to run and grow their businesses. My responsibilities involve covering over 100 companies and understanding each company’s needs so that Goldman Sachs can best help the company achieve its objectives. Our clients look to us for important judgments relating to the capital markets, whether it is debt, equity or a hybrid security.

The best part of my job is interacting with some of the most highly regarded executives in the industry. This interaction provides me with great insight into industry dynamics. Given the number of clients we have, no situation is exactly the same. There is always an opportunity to learn and grow.

A year and a half ago, I was asked to go to Japan, to work in the Financing group. My skills were needed, and as a result, the firm provided me with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I was able not only to learn about a completely new market but also to experience a culture I had never seen before.

My Day

Our main task every day is to find solutions to our clients’ capital needs. Given the broad mandate of this task, creativity is never frowned upon; in fact, it is rewarded. Typically, the best solutions come from very unique ideas.

As a result, often the most challenging aspect of the job is constantly keeping your mind open to new ideas. As the markets change rapidly, it is imperative that you stay in front of the curve in order to produce the best result for your client.

It’s very rewarding when you can help a company finance themselves when everyone else thought it would be extremely difficult or even impossible. I’m proud of myself and my team when we can do that.

Everything we do here is in a team environment. Whether it is a team of two or ten, decisions are always made with at least one other professional. This is very beneficial to a young professional, as you get to see how the most senior people at the firm think through difficult decisions.

My Path

I came to Goldman Sachs through a friend and interviewed here right out of college. In one week, I came up to New York and interviewed with half a dozen investment banks, and Goldman Sachs was at the top of that list.

My first impression of the firm was that everyone was willing to teach and mentor you and was very interested in getting to know you individually.

Myself

Ten years ago, I had no idea of what I wanted to do with my career. I decided to pursue a career in finance halfway through college after I had a couple of finance-related classes.

If I were to give advice to someone considering a career like mine, I would say work hard, and if finance is something that you enjoy everything will fall into place.