In our recent partnership with Management Economics Organization of the Ateneo de Manila University, Sandro Aboitiz, AEV Assistant Vice President for Corporate Finance, was invited to deliver a career talk addressed to economics and business students on March 7.
The event was part of the organization’s Development Series Talk, which brings executives from various companies and industries to cover relevant topics. The series aims to prepare students as they transition from school to the career world. Students also appreciated the various businesses of the Aboitiz Group and how they can build their careers in our organization.
“Frankly I don’t remember half of the things I learned in college. But what it did teach me was to be independent, to solve problems, to be proactive, to be disciplined. These traits have over time proven to be much more valuable in my career than any one class I took.”
-Sandro Aboitiz, Assistance Vice President for Corporate Finance, AEV
Sandro Aboitiz is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He was also a part of the MBA International Exchange Student Program at the IESE Business School of the University of Navarra in Barcelona, Spain.
With Sandro was Rendell Ng, AEV Corporate Finance Manager and Ateneo de Manila University’s BS Management Engineering alumnus. Ng passed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program from the CFA Institute and talked about what from his school education and work experience truly helped him in building a career.
They both shared their career journey and their respective roles in Aboitiz Equity Ventures’ corporate finance group. Students took with them valuable insights and lessons on career choices and creating their mark in a corporate setup:
- Good personal relations lead to good working relations. Making the effort to develop strong personal relationship with the people you work with builds trust and loyalty. There is no secret recipe to this. It is really simple. Be nice. Be vulnerable. Be genuine. You can’t overestimate the power of just simply being nice.
- We can never stop learning. Learning should be treated as a life-long journey. There is value on people who are naturally inquisitive.
- Attitude is everything. People can be taught and trained on the technical aspects of finance. You can teach someone how to value a company or how to balance a balance sheet. But you CANNOT TEACH ATTITUDE. You either have it or you don’t. So be hungry, but be humble.
- Don’t chase a salary. Don’t pick a job just based on the salary it offers. Do you what you love. What you are passionate about. Money won’t buy you happiness. It might buy you a nice watch, or a nice car. But you can’t buy fulfilment.
- Don’t settle, and don’t do things based on the expectation of others. At the end of the day, you have to live with the decisions you’ve made. So go after what you want, but don’t do it at the expense of others.
- Don’t forget to have fun. Sometimes, people take themselves way too seriously. Everyone needs to have a little fun in their lives.
Ng, who’s a product of the university himself, gave them a more direct advice in getting a head start for careers in finance.
- Know your WHY. Understand the types of jobs you are applying for. Candidates who have thought about why they want to get into finance have a leg up against competing candidates in the job hunting process.
- Consider certifications. Look for internationally recognized certifications and take the challenge.
- Learn basic financial modeling. These days, there is no reason to not know anything. There are many online and free resources. You have to be resourceful.
Industry-academe student organization partnerships is part of the Aboitiz Group’s Future Talents Program. By amplifying our employer brand in the academe, Aboitiz Group is able to expand its reach and strengthen recruitment efforts for degreed talents in specific fields of education and practice.