Zarb Student Success Stories
Name: Brian St. Hubert
Major/Degree: MBA in Finance
Hometown: Valley Stream, New York
Why did you come to the Zarb School?
I enjoyed my undergraduate experience at Hofstra University and wanted to return to my alma mater for my MBA.
After attending several workshops and having numerous appointments to review my resume and cover letter, I applied for an internship at HSBC. I really like the culture and the atmosphere at the bank. Their global footprint is unprecedented and it shows within the workforce, as it is a very diverse environment. My proudest moment is when my manager told me that he was impressed with my contributions to the project that I was assigned. Getting such feedback really validated my position in banking, especially since my undergraduate degree specialized in marketing.
How did the Zarb School prepare you for your career?
As a former marketing student and professional, learning terms of finance and banking in my accounting and finance classes were key to help me adapt to the world of banking. In addition, being an officer of the Hofstra Investment Banking Association (HIBA) allowed me to deepen my financial knowledge and develop my network with experienced finance professionals in New York City.
What is your favorite memory/experience at the Zarb School?
Getting a senior speaker from Berkshire Hathaway to campus to speak at an HIBA event was my favorite memory. We learned so much and it was also a great networking opportunity.
What advice do you have for students who want to follow in your footsteps?
Three words: Graduate Business Career Services/Network/Apply.
Graduate Career Business Services
Make full use of the Graduate Business Career Services resources. Attend as many workshops as possible, have several counselors review your resume and cover letter, and attend as many mock interviews as possible.
Reach out to professionals who are working in your targeted field. Use many networking outlets: Hofstra alumni, club/organization (officers/ members/ alumni), family/friend connections, and LinkedIn. Ask for informational interviews so that you can learn about the industry, find out what the employers are looking for in a potential member of their company, and ask pertinent questions based on research that you have done on the profession, the company and the industry.
Do not be intimidated about applying for internships or full-time positions. Apply to as many as you can. Each provide valuable contacts and experience, leading you towards the profession that is right for you.