March 20, 2019

Spring Break 2019: Finance Trek in Chicago

Fifteen students in the MSM-Finance program enjoyed an eventful Finance City Trek in Chicago on Thursday, March 14th and Friday, March 15th. City treks give students an internal glimpse of American business operations and the opportunity to network with peers and potential employers for future jobs and internship opportunities.

The group started the trek at Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) with a tour of the trading floor and seeing the action in the trading pits.  They also learned about cyber security directly from a member of the team, who is an alum of Weatherhead, and who protects one quadrillion dollars of trades. Trading Technologies was next on the agenda. Students were given a tour of the office and learned about the leading software tech company conducting the electronic trading. They ended the day in style with alum Jim Treleaven who hosted students at the Union League Club of Chicago.  

Friday included a trip to Morningstar where students learned about their investment research, career opportunities and held a Q & A session with four employees currently in the Morningstar Development Program.  The students ended the trip at TechNexus, a company that ‘aligns startups and enterprises to drive commercial activity that solves real world problems’ – similar to  think[box] at CWRU.  What a great way to spring into their Spring Break!

Hear from students who attended the trek:

A group of us MSM-Finance students had an opportunity to go to Chicago during Spring Break as part of a city trek experience. The group varied based on concentration, length of program, and plans after graduation, but I think we were all generally brought together by a curiosity to know more about what the world of finance has to offer and a willingness to travel over spring break to learn more firsthand. 
Between visiting a variety of locations ranging from the CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) to Morningstar, my favorite part of the experience was seeing the different career opportunities available to us as finance students. I think often times we associate finance managing books or working in a bank, but every aspect of our daily lives is touched by financial systems to some extent, so the possible avenues one can take within finance are equally overwhelming- and that's an exciting thought. After the corporate tours and the interactions with former alumni from wide academic backgrounds whom have had successful careers in the Chicago area, more than anything, I gained the insight that adaptability and willingness to seize opportunities are more important than any technical skills, because you never know when a chance encounter today might turn into a new career tomorrow. 
~ Laert Fejzullari, MSM-Finance ‘19

This Chicago trek broadened my horizons. I saw the open outcry on the CME trading floor, enjoyed the networking dinner at the Union League Club of Chicago, was impressed by the company culture of Morningstar, and listened to the founder of Tech Nexus talk about the company story. We even celebrated Pi Day with employees at Trading Technologies. I got a lot of inspiration from employees of these companies and feel better about company targeting in my job hunting.
~ Lan Lin, MSM-Finance ‘20

Learn more about the Finance Program at Weatherhead. 

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