Shakib Chawdhury is currently a Senior at Wentworth Institute of Technology majoring in Computer Information Systems. Shakib will be graduating this spring and will be working at a Wealth / Asset Management Firm after graduation and will be in a rotational program.
Will: Tell us a little about yourself.
Shakib: My name is Shakib, I was born and raised in New York City. I went to a liberal arts high school. Prior to attending Wentworth, I never had a STEM-like curriculum. I decided to apply to colleges in the northeast and I like the Wentworth’s atmosphere of being a small campus in a large city like Boston. The fact that classes were small, you get to know your classmates and professors on a personal level. Initially, I majored in Computer Science, but after my first co-op, I decided to change my major to Computer Information Systems. I decided that the business classes suited me more, therefore changing to Computer Information Systems was the right move. Right now, I am studying for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam and will be pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) in the next few years.
Will: What made you switch out of Computer Science?
Shakib: I like the idea of learning more at a macro level. I loved computer science, but I wanted to learn more of the business side. Professor Michael Mozill is a great guy and an amazing professor. We went to the same elementary school. We’re from the same neighborhood in New York City. It is crazy because not a lot of students that go to Wentworth are from New York City. Professor Mozill has been great and you can say he has been a life mentor.
Will: What advice do you have for students looking for a co-op?
Shakib: Apply as soon as possible and to as many as possible. A lot of job descriptions overstate the role, so I recommend applying to as many as possible. Utilizing your network is key to landing your co-op because I got my first co-op just by networking. Use websites like Indeed, Glassdoor, and LinkedIn for your job search.
Young people like us might have a lack of self-confidence like reaching out to others. Do not be afraid to reach out to someone in your network because you will never know that an opportunity will be open for you. I landed my full-time job opportunity by networking and networking has landed me a few co-ops. Networking is important. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. Go out there and start networking.
Will: What advice do you have for incoming freshman at Wentworth?
Shakib: Find a balance between work and play. In a sense where you should focus on your studies but also be involved with extracurricular activities. You get the opportunity to meet so many new people that you can hang out with. My biggest advice is to start looking for internships as early as possible. If you can find an internship your freshman year, then do it. It is better to build up your experience as early as possible.
Having an internship your freshman or sophomore year is going to make you a very valuable candidate when you are looking for full-time jobs after you graduate. Even if you do not land an internship your freshman year, there is no harm at all. There is no harm in trying and you can learn from mistakes. Practice makes perfect and you get the opportunity to improve those soft skills.
Will: Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
Shakib: I would love to be pursuing an MBA or enrolled in one. We never stop learning and our lives are so volatile. You should always invest in yourself early, so you have the experience to prepare for what the future holds. Taking the CFA exam and pursuing an MBA is on my list for the next five years. Regarding my profession, I will be in this rotational program for an Asset Management firm. I will be working across three different divisions throughout the two years. Ideally, I would love to get into an equities or investment management role. So, that is where I see myself in five years.
Will: You have been living in Boston for four and a half years. What is your favorite thing to do in Boston?
Shakib: I love the food scene in Allston. It might come off as weird and unheard of, but I really like the Korean food in Allston. I love Bonchon and their Korean fried chicken is amazing. Hot pot is a personal favorite of mine as well.
Will: How do you think technology is changing the financial services industry?
Shakib: The first co-op I did was at a Wealth and Asset Management firm. I worked directly under the CTO. I extended my co-op to nine months because it was just an amazing opportunity. Technology is shifting from service oriented where it used to be back office. Now technology is vital of how the front office runs. For example, trading stocks are now automated with code and algorithms. For STEM / STEAM majors, this is great because analytical skills are needed by the financial services industry. Technology is everywhere nowadays, and the next ten years will be very different.
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