Roland Grant '10

JOB TITLE: Senior analyst

ORGANIZATION: Goldman, Sachs & Co.

LOCATION: New York City, New York

What was your first position after college? I worked as a project assistant at the law firm WilmerHale, which essentially means I was a junior paralegal. At WilmerHale, I worked on a variety of high-profile cases and gained a lot of exposure as to how a major corporate law firm operates. Additionally, I worked side by side with experienced attorneys and developed a better understanding of the day-to-day tasks that attorneys face in the corporate environment. 

Has a liberal arts education helped you in shaping your career? A liberal arts education has strengthened my critical thinking skills. I’ve utilized those skills to properly assess what I want out of my career. My experience at Trinity enabled me to set short- and long-term goals and evaluate what’s important to me in my career development.

What aspects of your Trinity experience have been important to advancing your career or graduate school experience? I was very active at Trinity. Playing soccer at Trinity taught me that success only comes with hard work. I also learned the lesson of perseverance through various injuries I sustained as a collegiate athlete. I founded Trinity’s mock trial team. It took incredible effort to get the program off the ground, and now it competes annually in the national collegiate tournament. It has also become a draw that Trinity endorses to prospective students. The work I put into that team taught me the importance of organization. Lastly, I was head tutor of the Writing Center and a member of Trinity’s Habitat for Humanity group. My experience as a head tutor built a foundation of attention to details and focus, which I still use today. Habitat for Humanity enforced my belief in civic duty.

At the time, I wasn’t sure how my many experiences at Trinity would be applicable to my future in the real world, but I can say they all have been critical. I was a member of the Black Professionals Network at Credit Suisse and chaired both the Internal and External Relations committees. I wouldn’t have had the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in those roles without my experiences at Trinity. 

What advice would you give to Trinity students to prepare for a position in your field? Think about your future before you hit senior year. I think the ultimate goal after Trinity is to do what you love. If you do so, you’ll never have to work a day in your life. Take classes on subjects that interest you. You’re not going to have all the answers right after graduation. You’re not supposed to either. But it’s important to at least identify interests that you can turn into careers. 

What is the biggest misconception about your field? The biggest misconception is that the workload of a paralegal is fairly easy and straightforward. Perhaps it varies from firm to firm, but during my time at WilmerHale, I often worked very long days. There were nights when I didn’t leave the office until midnight, 1:00 a.m., or even 3:00 a.m. I also traveled back and forth from Geneva, Switzerland, to NYC for an entire summer. That was a great learning experience but definitely demanding.