Breakfast at Barclays

On Friday, March 24th, I and along with many other Queen’s college TAMID members had the amazing opportunity visit Barclays bank and to have a TAMID sponsored breakfast panel about investment banking. The visit was arranged by Max Fruchter, our Director of Fund, who will be returning there as an intern this summer. Students submitted questions prior to the event that helped structure the discussions. Some topics discussed were each panelists story of how they came to be an investment banker, advice on interviewing and being first time associates and what each panelists job consist of a day to day basis and their long term goals within their jobs.

The panel was mediated by Queens college alum Daniel Kerstein, the Global head of merger and acquisition for Barclays. Sitting on the panel were four Barclays employees who work in different divisions of investment banking (both coverage and product.) The panel was diverse; it consisted of employees who are more recent additions to Barclays as well as employees who are more seasoned and senior. The panelists started off by giving in-depth descriptions of the work dynamics of each of their divisions and their day to day jobs. This helped us in the audience better understand the differences between the different departments in investment banking and what various positions entail.

Since three of the four panelists were younger, they are just starting out their career and took it upon themselves to interview incoming interns and associates from the respective universities that they attended. Since they conduct interviews they were able to tell us what qualities and answers of an interviewee makes them a good candidate, in addition to able to give us a lot of helpful advice in respect to what that they look for in interviewees as well as networking tips.

It turns out that almost none of the panelists had finance or business backgrounds; Instead they had english, history or even psychology backgrounds. One of the best pieces of advice that I took from the panel is not to be intimidated by other first year associates and/or interns. If you feel you do not know something and other interns do. The panelist explained that there is about a 6-month learning curve, so even if you struggle in the beginning you will get the hang of it and “it all levels out”. The panel was incredibly well run, with panelists that opened up to us and shared their experiences in investment banking, which in turn allowed us in the audience to learn from their experience and receive insight on what it means to be an investment banker.

Esther Liebb is a member of the Fund on the TAMID at Queens College Chapter

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Going Gaga with Heymann with Heymann Brothers Film

This past semester, I had the opportunity to consult with Heymann Brothers Film, a film production studio based out of Tel Aviv. I have always thought that “in a perfect world” I would want to work in the media industry, but I never thought that this career path would be a realistic option. When I saw the email from Justin Gage, National Director of Consulting, that Tamid was looking to pair one consulting group with a company in the film industry, I suddenly saw an opportunity to take my first steps into this highly competitive field.

From my first conversation with film director and producer Barak Heymann, I knew we would be in for an unforgettable semester. Barak’s passion and excitement for Heymann Brothers’ latest, critically-acclaimed documentary Mr. Gaga, which tells the story of choreographer Ohad Naharin and the Gaga dance movement he founded, exuded through the phone. This excitement fueled me and the other members of my group to provide Heymann Brothers with the best research we could find.

I saw our entire project shift gears when we had the ability to meet Barak in Manhattan and see an advance screening of Mr. Gaga. Meeting Barak for coffee that morning made us understand how special of a company Heymann Brothers is. Barak explained to us the almost decade-long journey it took to film and create Mr. Gaga; he also nonchalantly mentioned how Mr. Gaga was nominated for the Israeli version of an Academy Award and he was missing the ceremony to be in New York. In that one instance of meeting Barak, his true character really showed; he even gifted us an Elite chocolate bar so that we could have a taste of Israel. Throughout the entire semester, Barak was invested in the quality of the work we were doing and ensuring we had a positive experience.

Quite honestly, my expectations going into the screening were not so high. I do not generally count documentaries about dance choreographers among my favorite types of films- I was expecting to fake a smile and give a lot of vague compliments about the movie. I’m happy to say that I was proven wrong. First off, Gaga is a dance style unlike any other I have seen before. Ohad Naharin created a new type of movement that was equally artistic and athletic, and that keeps you glued to the screen. Also, the movie was funny. You may not think a film about an Israeli film choreographer would have you laughing, but I found that very thing happening. And the other TAMID members who came laughed with me. The opportunity to see Mr. Gaga gave our group a better understanding about the film’s target market. Not only would dance lovers appreciate this film, but any film lover or person interested in Israeli culture could love Mr. Gaga. If anyone wants to know why this is true for themselves, everyone will have the chance to see it for themselves starting February 1st in New York.

As a project manager, possibly the biggest takeaway from this semester is the importance of the people you work with. Before the semester began, I had expectations of how the semester would go, but the hard work and dedication of the other group members created an experience that exceeded all of my expectations. No matter how great your “client” is, the people you work with really dictate the experiences you will have. If all the members of a group work well together, the work you produce will be better. The research our consulting team gathered this semester demonstrates this; the work we produced ultimately got us included in the credits of Mr. Gaga. How often does a college student get the opportunity to seeing their work on a movie screen in New York? Between the enthusiasm of Heymann Brothers, the impressive Mr. Gaga, and my outstanding group members, this semester far exceeded any and all of my expectations.

 

Jeffrey Younger is the Director of Consulting of the TAMID at Queens College Chapter

Amiel Schertz: Takeaways from Aaron Dubin’s Visit to Queens College

 

aaeaaqaaaaaaaajaaaaajdhjmgm2mmmylwnkyzutndk3ny1iy2y0ltc2ywnjyzuxmmzhnwOn November 14th, TAMID at Queens College was privileged to hear Aaron Dubin of Innovation Endeavors speak.  Innovation Endeavors is an early stage venture capital firm that is a private fund. Because they aren’t backed by big corporations and banks, Innovation Endeavors is able to ensure a proper, friendly environment without external pressures.

Aaron was born and raised in Philadelphia. Aaron had never been to Israel prior to 2009. Israel’s entrepreneurial spirit is what motivated him to make the move. Once Aaron arrived in Israel, he enrolled in IDC and received his BA in business management with a specialization in finance. 

Aaron’s visit was another one of the great opportunities afforded to us by TAMID: we got to learn all about the Venture Capital industry in Israel from someone who was in our shoes not too long ago. Hearing Aaron describe his day-to-day operations and how he got to this point of his life was inspirational. Aaron stressed to us that if you have an idea or if you have a passion – say, if you want to go into Venture Capital – then you shouldn’t shy away from it; you should do it.

Hearing about Aaron’s journey from Philly to Israel made me realize that anything is possible. Hearing positive messages from Aaron, like how if you have an idea to go after it, was encouraging. It was refreshing, in today’s cynical society, to hear someone be positive about pursuing your dreams.

Being a part of Tamid as a student at Queens College and hearing a speaker like Aaron has opened my eyes to all that is possible. I am gaining the preliminary skills of what it takes to start a company, how to attack potential markets and what you need to find in that market in order to make your company successful.

Having Aaron Dubin speak with our TAMID group was a real privilege. The session was extremely informative, especially the Innovation endeavors slideshow that he shared with us.  Personally, I found it so helpful that he took the time to speak with us and answer all of our questions. It helped me answer questions of how to venture into the market one day in the future. The wealth of knowledge that Aaron imparted to us led me to believe that I could one day be in shoes just like his. The lesson Aaron Dubin imparted that most resonates with me is to go small or go big but never go half way. Do your research, be passionate and strive to be the best.
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