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Case Study: Alex Ebeling

Personal details
Degree:International Strategy Economics Profile picture
School(s): School of Economics and Finance
Year of Graduation:Nov-2011
LinkedIn:http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/alex-ebeling/25/bb8/aa0/
National of: Netherlands
Employment details
Organisation: Raymond James
Job title: US & European Institutional Equity Sales
Occupational Sector: Financial services
What has been your route to getting your current position?
I started my career on a graduate programme at an investment house. Here I gained experience on the Asian and Global equities desks, alongside sitting various exams which helped develop my investment skills. I also started to build my professional network, which eventually led to securing my current job.
What does your job involve ?
I am a stockbroker. My job involves identifying investment opportunities that suit the various strategies used by my Fund Manager clients. I help my clients navigate markets by connecting them with Analysts at my firm, corporate management, hosting conferences and site visits, and providing them with research.
What are the best bits of your job ?
Three things:
1. To my mind this is one of the most interesting and fast paced jobs out there. As financial markets react to world events, a trading floor has a great buzz, and it is my job to digest, analyse and communicate new information.
2. The City is great for its meritocracy, if you are good enough, you are old enough.
3. The decisions we make have far reaching implications which effect the highest levels of the corporate, political and social spheres. It can be very lucrative too.
Why were you successful?
When looking for a job, my philosophy was that no stone should be left unturned. I planted as many seeds as possible and explored every avenue. I focused heavily on building effective relationships and networking.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
Being able to understand and talk intelligently about global economic and financial issues. Working with a diverse range of people at university is also an important transferable skill that graduates often underestimate.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
This is a profession which requires an enormous commitment. You should have a genuine interest in investing, world events, history and politics - not just the money.