Second-year students Ben Ferrara and Sulaiman Al-Bader, were two of 20 Berkeley MBA finance students to meet Warren Buffett on a Haas Investment Club trek in late February. From how the Oracle of Omaha relives his youth to his recommendations on how to pick winners (both companies and people), they share the wisdom they picked up in this Haas Achieves post.
Asked what he finds most rewarding about his career, Avin Arumugam sums it up in one word: scale. He’s talking about the complexity of his work and the scale of his impact—and he’s not kidding.
As Executive Director at Chase Digital for JPMorgan Chase, Arumugam, MBA 12, is leading Chase’s implementation of Apple Pay, a feature of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The massive rollout to all Chase Credit and Debit customers and Chase Merchants has taken the work of hundreds of Chase employees across 11 divisions.
If there is one thing you really get good at as you progress along the EWMBA road, it is multitasking; or rather, learning to switch between different tasks and make a lot of progress in short bursts. Fall B has proved to be more challenging than Fall A and things have also picked up quite a bit at my workplace. All of this has really brought out a need for thoughtful orchestration of my daily to-do list.
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Wow, those are some great introductions. Welcome Archit, Jennifer and Joann. You guys have a fun few years of blogging in front of you, savor every minute of it (Uhh…that’s probably my senioritis kicking in).
Here’s my brief intro keeping with the introduction season. My name is Divyang Agrawal (Div). I started my 3rd year in the Evening & Weekend MBA Program this fall and am hoping to graduate next year. When I started school back in ‘08, one of my goals was to really enjoy the Haas experience, academic and more importantly the amazing world outside of academia. In the past 26 months I’ve lived my goals by engaging in a variety of endeavors. From being the editor of eZine, the EWMBA magazine, to running for office as an executive member of the EWMBA association; from taking voluntary consulting assignments to finding myself stranded on the beach after a late night “field expedition”. Haas is now a part of my life, and my family’s life, what with my son being born 3 days before the Core Finance Exam. Now that was some timing. I should add that my first year Finance Prof was very understanding :-) If I ramble more it’s going to sound like a retirement speech and there’s still time for that so let’s move on.
So I have evening classes (Corporate Finance, which incidentally has a midterm next week) and weekend classes (Negotiations). Today, the Negotiations class was in South Bay allowing me to watch the entire NLCS Game6 after a short ride back home. The Giants really tried to make things difficult for themselves but finally came through. I am not a big baseball follower. Back in 2002 when the Giants last entered the World Series, I didn’t really appreciate the game having come to the US less than a year earlier. Over the years I started understanding some of the nuances but most recently I think it’s the sweeping Giants fever that has just made me a convert.
The Giants are celebrating today and hopefully they’ll be celebrating even more in another 2 weeks. The upcoming midterm elections will also have quite a people celebrating by that time. Our own Haas EWMBA Association election winners will only get to celebrate by 2nd week of November though. Every year the Haas student community elects its four executive officers (President, VP, Treasurer and Secretary). This year’s slate is now out and we have 10 candidates in the fray. Good luck to all of them. For my fellow bloggers, make sure to vote once the elections open next week. This is a great tradition and these 10 people have stepped up to challenge the status quo and make a difference in our Haas experience. Please encourage your friends, project mates, classmates to exercise their franchise and choose the next executive team at Haas. And don’t be surprised if some of these candidates show up for campaigning in your next class!
Last week about 30 Haas students in the Finance Club descended on NYC as part of the 8th annual Berkeley-Haas Wall Street Trek. Students pursuing investment banking careers met with a broad range of bulge-bracket and boutique firms, while a separate group of students focused on buy-side roles met with hedge funds and asset management groups within larger firms. A valuable element of the Trek emerged from the planning process itself, since many trekkers took the lead in reaching out to recruiters, alumni and personal contacts (or sometimes just initiating brand-new relationships from scratch) to schedule the itinerary. We're very grateful to all the alumni and other financial services professionals who offered their time and insights to help us better understand the NYC employment landscape and build East Coast-West Coast relationships.