We’re thrilled to welcome our own Advisory Board member Allie Fink to The Fit List. Allie has been involved with She’s Fit to Lead practically from the start and has played a lead role in helping us to develop our strategy and expand our business model. Welcome to The Fit List, Allie!
What do you do at Morgan Stanley?
I am a Fixed Income Analyst
How did you find your job?
I applied through the firm’s career website.
Did you know what you wanted to do when you were in college?
My first internship in finance was the summer after my freshman year. I started to explore my options and utilize my university’s alumni network right from the beginning with the ultimate goal of joining a summer analyst program at a bulge bracket bank. I didn’t know exactly what job I wanted, but I did know that the financial services industry sparked my interest.
Is this your first job since you graduated?
Yes, I have been at Morgan Stanley since June 2014.
Is this job what you expected? How is it better? How is it worse?
I interned in Fixed Income at Morgan Stanley the summer before my senior year of college. The ten week internship provides a taste of what to expect full time, but working full time truly does feel different than a temporary internship. I wasn’t expecting to get so much responsibility as soon as I did, and I was surprised by how quickly I felt like a true member of the team. I work very early morning hours and my days are long. Adjusting to a full time schedule after a college schedule requires time and patience. I think the adjustment has been a bit more difficult than I anticipated.
Is it hard to make time for your friends?
I don’t find it all that difficult to make time for my friends. Work is my priority during the week, and I often have client dinners or events in the evening. My friends all have very different work schedules, but when the timing works out, we occasionally meet for dinner after work. My weekends, on the other hand, are entirely mine, and there is no shortage of time for family and friends.
What do you do to unwind?
It’s often very difficult for me to shut my brain off at the end of a work day. The only thing that really helps me unwind is reading a book before bed.
Recommended reading for Financial Services wannabes?
Here is a link to Carla Harris’s profile – she is a very influential woman at Morgan Stanley and is a great speaker. She wrote a book called “Expect to Win” that I read before I started my job – some very useful advice!! http://carlaspearls.com/read-carla-2/
What inspires you?
I get my inspiration by looking towards successful women in my industry who have worked their way up from analyst positions. I have great respect for people who stick out the tough times to get what they want down the road.
What advice would you give to a rising seniors as they think about next year?
I think it’s important to realize that your first job will not be your last job. Deciding what job to strive for post-graduation can be a very stressful decision, but remember that it does not have to be your last decision. If you don’t like something, you’re not stuck there forever. Work hard and build strong relationships, and things will fall into place overtime.
How do you start your day?
As I mentioned, I have very early morning hours at work. I always start my day with a cup of coffee!
Do you have a favorite power meal?
I always feel great after eating a home-cooked meal. I typically stick to very simple and quick meals – some chicken, roasted vegetables and wild rice will do it for me! If I’m on the go, I love grabbing an acai bowl from Juice Generation!
What does Fit to Lead mean to you?
To me, being “fit to lead” means having the power to inspire. It means striving for greatness regardless of the boundaries, realizing that moments of fear and hesitation are what pave the road to success. A true leader won’t dwell on her weaknesses, but will figure out how to emphasize her strengths and then show them to the world.
To learn more about being an analyst or summer analyst at Morgan Stanley please check out the following information regarding how to apply and when Morgan Stanley may be visiting your school or city:
http://www.morganstanley.com/people/students-graduates/ and www.morganstanley.com/people-opportunities/iq.html for great interview tips.
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