Jared Associate, West Region Advisory Investment Banking division, New York

I remember meeting the associates in my training class and quickly realizing that there was no mold that could typify us—it was just a lot of smart people who’d accomplished amazing things.

Background

I received my undergraduate degree in Engineering, then worked in medical research and development for a number of startup companies. That trained me to think analytically, break down complex problems and present practical solutions. I then received my MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, which allowed me to supplement those skills with corporate finance, strategy and management training.

The Application Process

What initially began as a tough question to answer—Why Goldman Sachs?— became much easier as I spent time with our people during the recruiting process. Their teamwork, emphasis on client service, and relentless focus on personal and professional growth clearly separate our firm from its competitors.

Getting Started at Goldman Sachs

I remember meeting the associates in my training class and quickly realizing that there was no mold that could typify us—it was just a lot of smart people who’d accomplished amazing things. I’m continually impressed by the diversity of the people I work with and the quality of their ideas.

What also struck me early on was the atmosphere of unity and teamwork during training. Everyone sought to help each other out and further each other’s understanding, especially when we had widely varying reads of complex issues.

Teamwork

My fellow associates have been the biggest influence on my work here so far. We have leveraged each other heavily to share the lessons we have learned in our early engagements, which has made us much more effective.

Opportunity

While I currently work in the United States, I look forward to participating in the opportunities the firm provides to work abroad. It would place me just far enough outside my comfort zone to improve my cross-cultural adaptability and strengthen my communication skills, both of which would make me more effective here.
 

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