Seven months since starting my Analyst Programme – Andrew Padula
My name is Andrew Padula and I am currently a first year analyst in the Investment Grade Credit Trading team. As I reflect on my time at MUFG to see how I have grown thus far, I think back on my experiences leading up to joining the firm, my training in London and now working hands on in the day to day dealings of the desk.
Last May, I graduated with a finance emphasis from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. As a sophomore, I chose to pursue finance as I began to develop a growing interest in the global markets. In addition to taking finance specific electives such as Fixed Income Securities, Quantitative Analysis & Portfolio Management, and Capital Market Investments, I also joined business related clubs such as the Ross Global Investments Club to further build on this interest. I would highly recommend this to those still in college in a similar situation. Not only does it help a resume, but it gave me a necessary rudimentary understanding of market basics and it solidified what I wanted to do in my professional career moving forward.
Although I had interned elsewhere, fortunately in the fall of my senior year I was given an offer to join MUFG to enter the field that I had hoped to pursue, Sales & Trading.
While we did have about two weeks to meet the teams in the US and get settled into our respective desks, our analyst program officially kicked off early August in London for a four week training program. I think every analyst agrees that it was an incredible experience. Not only was it unbelievable to become immersed in a new culture for a month, but our training was extremely helpful. Each day our teacher taught us about a variety of market fundamentals and technicals ranging from central government intervention, to the pricing of different fixed income instruments, to understanding the needs of various institutional clients. However, more important than what we learned in the classroom were the connections we made outside the classroom with our analyst class. Every night, analysts from the New York, London and Hong Kong office would get dinner, go to soccer games, explore the town and enjoy the London nightlife. I consider many of these analysts to be friends now, and I speak to them daily and increasingly more to assist each other in our everyday jobs.
Those prior experiences have led me to where I am today as an analyst on the IG Credit Trading desk. While the learning curve is admittedly steep, I find myself learning more every day and slowly but surely creating additional value for those that I assist. I have never felt that I am doing monotonous work as a small cog in a giant corporate machine. I am given real responsibility on real work that has real implications, and I have found that to be very rewarding. Through my past, recent, and every day work I look to continue to grow as I continue to move forward.