May 2015 alumnus Will Arnold, who graduated with his bachelor's degree in finance, is currently incorporating the skills and lessons he learned throughout college in the professional world. Upon graduation, Will received an offer from Higginbotham - one of the largest independent insurance brokerage firms in the U.S. and the second largest in Texas - in Fort Worth. The company primarily handles insurance, risk management and financial services for its clients. In his current position as an Associate in the Business Insurance department, Will works with commercial insurance sales and maintains relationships with the clients across the state.
While pursuing his degree, Will was actively involved in the Rawls College. He was a member of the Rawls College Ambassadors and the business honors fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. He maintains his connection with the college's alumni and students as a member of the Fort Worth Chapter of the Rawls Raiders. Learn more about Will's time at the Rawls College, how it helped him in his career, and what advice he would offer current students in the Q&A below.
How have the skills you acquired at the Rawls College helped in your career?
The role of my job is to foster and maintain relationships with the company's clients, both through the recruitment of new clients or assisting current ones. Because we are an independent agency, we have lots of connections with a variety of companies. With this, I'm able to use the networking and relationship building skills I learned while getting my degree. Through organizations such as the Ambassadors, I was able to gain valuable people skills that I use on a daily basis.
How did your finance courses prepare you for post-graduate success?
My degree in finance gave me a solid background of how businesses operate, and I felt prepared coming into the job. While it's not necessarily finance focused, there are still fundamental business skills that I use. As I mentioned earlier, networking and relationship building skills are pivotal to the success of the company. Because I was taught these lessons in every class while at the Rawls College, I felt comfortable and confident in helping the company achieve its goals.
What advice would you give current students who in the Rawls College?
Get involved with whatever organizations that you can and, specifically, those organizations that interest you the most. My fondest memory of my time as undergraduate was definitely my experience of being an Ambassador. I made lifelong friends, and everyone made me feel welcome, and I'm sure other organizations within the college are like that. To be successful, you need to surround yourself with motivated people. Student organizations are great places to look to find your interests and be around like-minded individuals. Because networks and connections are vital in the professional world, I feel that joining an organization can only help you as you grow both as a student and professional. You can leave the Rawls College with something more than a degree.