Students in grades 10-12 attended a ScholarShift module on Monday, March 13 to learn about the field of investment banking and explore future career opportunities at Piper Jaffray in downtown Minneapolis. Students learned more about the company from Deb Schoneman, chief financial officer (named CFO of the Year 2014 by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal), and Cliff Gorman, financial analyst and vice president during their visit.
A top investment bank and asset management firm since 1895, Piper Jaffray was ranked 3rd in 2016 among the nation’s leading underwriters. Throughout the visit, students learned more about Piper Jaffray’s 120 years in business, how they connect clients with capitol (investors), public finance, and fixed income, and careers in the banking and financial industry.
SSM students also had the opportunity to participate in a question and answer panel with several young executives in the first few years of their career. The young executives spoke about college and internship experiences, how they landed their first job, and skills they found critical in getting started in the investment industry, topics that piqued the career interests of many attendees.
“I initially went because I wanted to learn more about personal financial literacy, but I left with an interest in the field,” said Lucas Humel ’19. “I learned that the banking industry has such a wide variety of jobs with different skill sets.”
After lunch, students spoke on-on one with the young executives, toured the trading floor of the company, and ended the day with some trivia.