Steven Associate, Industrials Group Investment Banking Division, New York
Hometown: New York, NY
Undergrad: Amherst College
Joined GS: Interned, 2013; Full-Time 2014
Hobbies: New York Sports, Skiing, Traveling
I think one of the best things about Goldman is the amount of responsibility and opportunity that you can get early in one's career…
I grew up in New York before my family moved to London for six years. It was definitely a change of pace – I started playing soccer and became a Chelsea fan – really transitioning into the English lifestyle. I came back to the US for high school and then went to Amherst College, where I majored in economics.
At Amherst, I really enjoyed a liberal arts education. I was able to take courses outside my major, and learned how to think critically and present an argument effectively. The small class sizes allowed me to get to know my professors, and participate in classroom discussions. I think this prepared me well for Goldman, where working in small teams, having a voice, and participating at a junior level are not only encouraged, but also expected.
I work in the Industrials Group within the Investment Banking Division, where we cover clients across the industrials space – Building & Construction, Paper & Packaging, Business Services, and Aerospace & Defense are a few of the subsectors in which we operate. Within these verticals, we advise on a range of transaction alternatives, including M&A, financings, and equity offerings. Industrials is great because it really feels like a generalist group, and there is a steep learning curve that comes with working across a number of different industries and products.
An important part of the job is helping clients navigate the market, and think through potential strategic paths forward. As an analyst, you play an important role, having direct responsibility for the work product. I’ve particularly enjoyed working on a sell-side process, where you really get to know a business and interact with management. I think one of the best things about Goldman is the amount of responsibility you can get early in one’s career – for example, the opportunity to interact with senior management of companies regularly.
I’m involved with Goldman’s recruiting at Amherst, which brings together all of the alumni at the firm. My advice to current students is to network and get a number of different perspectives – there are many different roles within these firms, and if you’re interested in a career in financial services, it is worth investing the time to figure out the right role for you.
I’m a big New York sports fan, and love going to Knicks games in particular. The team hasn’t won a title since 1973 – I suppose that will make the next championship that much sweeter.