Andrew Page ’11

JOB TITLE: Business analyst
ORGANIZATION: Connamara
LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois

What was your first position after college? My first position after college was working as a business analyst for Connamara, a software company in Chicago that specializes in building custom applications for the trading industry. I was introduced to this company during my junior summer internship at a small hedge fund, which was a client of Connamara at the time.           

Has a liberal arts education helped you in shaping your career? My liberal arts education has been central to the success of my career. I feel that my experience at Trinity taught me how to solve complex problems and how to work well with other people. Trinity encourages people to push the boundaries of their knowledge and to focus on developing their ability to learn. A liberal arts education also helps graduates avoid the worst career situation a young professional can encounter: being pigeonholed into a position in an organization where you cannot develop new skills or grow professionally. By more often being generalists within a company, liberal arts graduates put themselves in a position to grow quickly and understand a business more holistically.           

I arrived at Trinity as a graduate of the Midwestern public school system. Trinity introduced me to people from all over the United States and the world – people who came from environments more rural and more urban and more privileged and less privileged than mine. I learned to enjoy social situations with and cultivate empathy for people of all backgrounds while at Trinity. Additionally, Trinity’s alumni network and job board gave me introductions to two internships, which ultimately got me my first full-time job.           

What advice would you give to Trinity students to prepare for a position in your field? Get as much interesting work experience outside of Trinity as you can, and focus on classes at Trinity that interest you. The reality is 95 percent of what real professionals do on a daily basis doesn’t have anything to do with undergraduate course work. I think that I benefited from a combination of industry experience through three internships and by choosing course work I was interested in first, as opposed to eschewing internships and choosing the most rigorous course work available.

What is the biggest misconception about your field? I think that people often look at the finance industry as being an ecosystem of jobs centered around New York banks that are “too big to fail.” These people fail to recognize how diverse the industry is today. One major new area of the industry that has created a lot of jobs since 2008 (including mine) is FinTech, which includes traditional banking applications but also mobile payments, cryptocurrency, and electronic trading applications.