This was an interesting part of my life where I had just graduated from college with a heavy emphasis on Radio, Film, Theater and Philosophy. Went to a temp agency and they placed me in a major financial institution. This was very fast paced with everyone having a decent amount of know how going into their position.
I was extremely fortunate to have this opportunity. As my first real job, it became a great new learning experience which I excelled at rather quickly.
I learned about how mutual funds work and financial operation on a global scale. Interacted with clients, agent banks and internal investment banks to ensure the portfolios performed optimally.
I was told that my performance accounted to 15% of the funds success. One fund was valued at $14.6 billion. It was an honor to have this kind of responsibilty. Fortunate to work under such a great leader who originally trained me on his duties.
What we did was like one giant puzzle. As a lifelong musician, I believe that it was this skill which allowed me to work well with patterns and math while being creative enough to figure out the reconciliation of the funds they were in the process of balancing.
They foresaw the economic crisis and began to downsize. This offered a voluntary layoff which helped to change and refocus my life. The severance package is what I used to move to the greatest city ever... Austin, Tx.
Amount of learning, responsibility and work experience I gained, assisted my future in countless ways both personally and in my future career endeavors
It was not a job I was trying to get and pursue for my career. Although, if there was something relevant that presents itself down the road, I may be inclined.