Melissa: Analyst, Real Estate Investment Group
"I am always amazed at the amount of responsibility I am given, and it is up to me to rise to the occasion"
When I started college, I was studying international relations and Middle Eastern studies and planned on pursuing a career in politics. I never thought I would go into business. During my freshman year, after confronting some of the challenges of a career in politics, I decided to transfer into Wharton and find a way to apply the skills I had developed through my focus on politics to a career in business. I never thought I would end up working at an investment bank. Although this wasn’t the path I thought I would follow, I am extremely happy that I made the decision to join Goldman Sachs, and the experience has been more rewarding than I ever could have imagined.
Starting Out at Goldman Sachs
I found out about careers at Goldman Sachs through on-campus recruiting in college. I originally interviewed for a position in classic investment banking, specifically in the Real Estate Group, which is where I spent my summer internship. I interviewed with various other investment banks and ultimately, decided to join Goldman Sachs, primarily because of the firm’s reputation, its culture and how impressed I was by the people who I interviewed with.
After spending my summer internship in the Real Estate Group, I had plans to re-join the group full-time after I graduated. During my senior year of college, the real estate market changed dramatically and I was offered a position in Structured Finance. It was completely different from what I thought I would be doing, but I ended up learning a tremendous amount, largely given the highly transactional nature of the group. Based on my experience, I decided to stay within the Financing Group for my third year rather than return to classic Investment Banking.
When I started here, I was most impressed by the people that I met. I discovered that Goldman Sachs employees are not only extremely intelligent, motivated and knowledgeable, but they also have diverse backgrounds and fascinating experiences which make working in a team all the more interesting. Within my first few days at the firm, I recognized the strength of our firm’s culture and its commitment to teamwork and mentorship.
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