Five Tips from Fords on Friday: Sarah Brody ’15, Associate at J.P. Morgan Wealth Management

Five Tips from Fords on Friday: Sarah Brody ’15, Associate at J.P. Morgan Wealth Management

Sarah Brody ’15

Associate, J.P. Morgan Wealth Management

Economics Major

 

About Sarah Brody: 

Sarah Brody is an Associate at the J.P. Morgan Private Bank in New York City. In her current role, she works directly with the Global Head of Investments for J.P. Morgan Wealth Management, who oversees all investment solutions for brokerage and managed platforms. Sarah began her career in wealth management as an Analyst with the J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Philadelphia in 2015. In her previous role, Sarah addressed the investment, wealth planning, banking, fiduciary, and charitable needs of ultra high net worth individuals, families, and endowments & foundations. Outside of the office, she was an assistant coach for the Varsity Softball Team at Haverford during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Sarah graduated from Haverford in 2015 with a B.A. in Economics. During her time at Haverford, Sarah competed on both the Varsity Softball and Volleyball teams and served on Haverford’s Honor Council her senior year. She was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In her spare time, she enjoys playing and watching sports, board games, and reading.

 

Five Tips from the Fords on Friday Talk:

  1. Cast your net really, really wide. It is impossible to know exactly what a job entails until you’re in it. When you are first starting out, you can’t know what you will or won’t like until you settle into the position and really learn the ins and outs. For this reason, it is important to apply to a wide variety of jobs to get your foot in the door and talk to people in those jobs before you narrow down your career search.
  2. A liberal arts education gives you an edge. While Haverford College may not prepare students in the same way that business schools do with a focused finance education, having a liberal arts background is an asset in new positions. The curriculum and course structure at Haverford means students have to be quick learners with strong work ethics. Any firm will want to teach you their methods anyway, so being equipped to learn on the spot will be a strength. Don’t sell yourself short.
  3. There is no substitute for putting in the work. Any interview opportunity can prove to be super intimidating. The best way to succeed is to put time and effort into your interview prep. Read the news, keep up with markets, network, read about a firm’s research and outputs, consolidate your answers to questions ahead of time. It will pay off. Sarah emphasized the importance of having great answers for these two questions: “Why do you want to work at this firm?” and “Why do you want to work in this part of finance?” You can craft great answers by talking to people currently working at the specific firms you’re interviewing with and finding unique elements that resonate with you and your interests.
  4. Ask questions, but be smart about it. Once you land a new internship or job, a great way to really stand out is to ask questions. It is important that you are respectful of other people’s time, so be careful and when, where, and how you ask. Also, write things down! This way, you won’t have to ask twice or go back to clarify if they already told you what you needed to know.
  5. Do the little things well, consistently. In your new position, it is important to establish yourself as responsible and trustworthy early on. This can mean excelling in your bigger projects and standing out, but don’t neglect the little tasks. Being reliable is critical for gaining access to new responsibilities and advancement.

Don’t miss our next Fords on Friday speaker: Tommy Bryan ’08, Assistant General Counsel, Department of Defense (November 16th, 12 PM, Stokes 300)

Bonus rescheduled Fords on Friday: Emma Yun ’10, Human Rights Interpreter, United Nations- Switzerland (November 15th, 7 PM, DC-Swarthmore Room)