From Oct. 18 to Oct. 20, the Financial Management Association (FMA), with support from the Career Management Center (CMC), traveled to Dallas to tour businesses. The goal of this trip is to connect Rawls College students with employers and learn more about career opportunities in the finance industry.
Every semester, students apply to go on the industry trip and Brett Myers, faculty advisor for FMA, selects about 12 to 15 students to attend. This semester, 15 students attended the industry trip, visiting these eight companies: Sabre, Fidelity Investments, Blue River Partners, Accenture, Ryan, Armor Wealth Management, CBRE, and PlainsCapital Bank. Students who want to participate in the trip need to be a member of FMA and drop their resumes, a list of finance classes taken and their grades to Myers' office. The next industry trip will take place next February in Houston.
"This trip is extremely beneficial because it puts you in the company's actual workplace," Melanie Pinales, senior finance major, said. "When you're able to tour their location and meet the people in their "natural environment," you are able to learn more about the company culture and the things that they value. This trip also allows you to put yourself out there. You get an opportunity to meet with recruiters and employees and you're encouraged to network. Recruiters are impressed with Texas Tech students and often actively recruit students who went on the trip for full-time and internship opportunities."
During the visits, companies held brief information sessions, gave tours of the offices and shared information about existing career opportunities. Industry trip participants were even able to meet and talk with Texas Tech alumni, who went on the trip last year, and now work for a few of the companies they visited – such as Sabre and Fidelity.
"My favorite company on the trip was Sabre," Rachel Myers, senior finance major, said. "They have a beautiful campus and the people were very welcoming. We had the opportunity to speak with Texas Tech alumni and hear about their experience at Sabre. We also met with people at all levels, but speaking with the entry-level employees gave us a good sense of what we would potentially be doing after graduation, at Sabre or otherwise."
About FMA: The FMA is a student organization that focuses on developing members' knowledge about financial decision making and increases the chances of members getting hired after graduation by holding networking events, skill-training events and industry recruiting trips in Dallas and Houston. Any student at Texas Tech is eligible to join FMA and there is an annual due requirement of $60 for new members and $30 for returning members.