Fong Wa came to Booth with the hopes of transitioning her career into investment banking. She praises Career Services and the supportive alumni network for helping her make the connections that empowered her to compete for an internship position at a top firm.
Having grown up in Hong Kong and lived primarily on the East Coast, I’ve really loved Chicago. There are a lot of interesting pockets around the city, which I love to explore through restaurants - Chicago is one of the best cities for that. I’ve been able to discover so many different areas, like the West Loop. A lot of my friends are really envious of how great the food scene is here.
In recruiting there’s a perception that, as the student, you’re on one side and the firms are on the other side, and this can feel like you’re not sure how to bridge that gap. But when alumni reach out, you really feel that connection, and if you have a good relationship with them, it helps to make you feel comfortable in the process.
I will be interning at Barclays in New York this summer. And, when I found out, alumni from the group reached out to me to say hello. My inbox was literally flooded with welcome emails, offering help in any way possible, and it was a really nice gesture from alumni whom I had never even met.