The Road To Wall Street Program: Jose Baez

Jose Baez

My name is Jose Baez and I am a rising junior at Rutgers University majoring in finance. Last year I transferred to Rutgers to increase my candidacy for a career on Wall Street and I went through an adjustment period. I wanted to share my story to show that having GRIT and perseverance can take you a long way. During the Fall semester I struggled and finished with a 2.8 GPA which was a lot lower than what I had at my previous university. After reflecting on my strengths and weaknesses during the adjustment period, I adopted new study habits and approach for my academic work. I decided to take 18 credits, a full course load the very next semester. I remained focused and worked hard, which ultimately paid off as I finished with 3.9 GPA. Throughout the process I was also able to secure an internship this summer at a Real Estate Private Equity firm in Washington D.C.

On campus I am a member of LIBOR (Little Investment Bankers of Rutgers) and I was one out of fifty students selected to participate in the Road to Wall Street Program in the Business School. Being in the program I was assigned a mentor who is an alum that currently works in the financial services industry, and in the spring, I took an exclusive financial modeling and market analysis course. The Road to Wall Street program definitely gave me a competitive edge when recruiting for internships because of the behavioral and technical skills that I developed. Outside of school I am involved with SEO (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity) and MLT (Management Leadership for Tomorrow) two organizations that provide students from diverse backgrounds with pre-professional development. My career aspirations once I graduate is to be an investment banker on Wall Street and to help other minorities break into the financial services industry.

Rutgers Program Helps Students on the Road to Wall Street