Janus Capital Group
Sachin Kashyap spent the summer interning with Denver-based Janus Capital Group, a global investment firm. The company recruits with only a handful of the top business schools, and fortunately for Sachin, Chicago Booth is one of them.
“It takes a village to make a great research analyst,” Sachin says of the support he has received from the Booth community. “I got my internship with Janus through campus recruiting.”
Nearly half of first-year Booth students find their internships through campus recruiting, organized by Career Services. In addition to facilitating relationships with hiring companies, Booth helps its students connect with others who have similar interests and career goals.
“As soon as I was admitted,” says Sachin, “I connected with Dain Tofson, now an alumnus. At the time, he was co-chair of the investment management student group at Booth. I looked him up and we sat down for coffee. He gave me some of the best advice you can get when recruiting for investment management.”
Tofson, who is currently with Institutional Capital LLC, told Sachin to have his stock pitches down pat. When he goes to an interview, he needs to be able to talk about what’s in his portfolio, and know those companies left, right, and center. Sachin took Tofson’s suggestion to heart and ended up with one of only two summer intern positions offered by Janus this year.
“I had no idea how seriously loyal Booth alumni are,” notes Sachin. “They really want to make sure other Boothies do well and have gone out of their with way visiting the campus and expressing interest in interns.”
The tight-knit Booth network is a part of what makes an MBA from Chicago unique. It’s not just about being linked to 49,000 alumni around the world. It’s about the way Booth people like to help one another. This “pay it forward” attitude goes beyond making introductions or to getting a foot in the door; it pushes individuals to challenge one another to be the best and to really know their stuff.
“When you go through that process of people questioning you and saying, ‘Have you thought about X, Y, and Z? And what is the impact?’ there is an appreciation of, ‘Do you know what you’re talking about? If not, let’s help you learn.’ That roll-up-your-sleeves and get-it-done mentality, a genuine concern for your success—it’s something I see from the alumni here, and it’s humbling.”
Rigorous discourse around ideas and a sense of responsibility stem from an intellectual curiosity and respect for others’ perspectives that is intrinsic to Chicago Booth culture. It leads to insights on how organizations function, markets work, and people make decisions.
“One of the hallmarks of a great investor is someone who can think about an opportunity and boil it down to the two or three critical factors that drive the outcome,” says Sachin. “You’ve got to figure out what matters, and everything else is noise. When you have a group that forces you to think logically and analytically about the issue and what’s the impact of the issue, you become really powerful in your thinking.”