As a first-generation college student with the dream of starting a career in finance, but having no prior connections within the industry, the Sharpe Fellows Program was able to provide me with all the resources I needed to be successful. From quarterly meetings with other ambitious and like-minded Bruins, where we listened to panels of professionals within our industry of interest, to office visits and coffee chats, and to mentorship from successful alumni, I was able to create the network I desired. This program has allowed me to achieve my professional goal of obtaining an internship with J.P. Morgan & Co.
The best take away from this program was the guidance I received from my mentor. Not only did my mentor help me figure out what I truly wanted from my career, but I was inspired to never stop learning. Most of all, I was encouraged to take the time to reflect on what I have learned and accomplished, so I can use it to benefit those around me.
I highly recommend this program to fellow Bruins because it truly prepares you for success after UCLA. Right from the beginning, you are surrounded by other Sharpe Fellows, industry mentors, and administrators, who all share the same goal of wanting to see you be successful.
James Kilgore ’20