Q&A with a PFM Group Analyst and University of Texas Alum Keith Dash

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September 16, 2014 by texasbbacareerservices

PFMKeithKeith Dash, Analyst at Public Financial Management

Please tell us about your career path and how you found your way to the PFM Group.
I graduated from the University of Texas in 2013, and as I was searching for my first role out of school, I recall looking for a way to use my Master of Science in Finance education in a challenging and satisfying way.  I didn’t know much about the public finance field until I was offered an interview with PFM and began to prepare for the meeting. I remember thinking how unique a business it was relative to the jobs my peers were interviewing for, and I felt it was a place I could develop a unique skill set that I could develop into a career.

What made you choose PFM, and what do you like about working there?

Learn more and apply for the Full-time Financial Analyst position via OCR. Deadlines: September 11 & 12, 2014.

Learn more and apply for the Full-time Financial Advisory Analyst position via OCR. Deadline: September 29.

I liked the in-depth initial training that PFM offers new hires – it seemed like a great way to build a solid foundation and the classroom-like environment created a smooth transition from the college world to the working world. I was even happier to see that those learning and growth opportunities have continued during my time here. Many of the finance professors at the University of Texas encouraged their students to pursue the Chartered Financial Analyst program after graduation and PFM has given me their full financial and moral support. The work environment is collaborative, and I was given opportunities to work on a broad set of projects right from the start. We have a diverse, nationwide presence, and the firm really works to utilize its employees’ unique talents and contributions.

It was also important for me to be a part of a company that in some way helps its local community.  The work I do at PFM serves government, healthcare, higher education, and non-profit organizations, helping them manage the financial paths that build the communities around us.  As a resident of Austin, it is always interesting to have the opportunity to help provide funding for projects that directly impact the community I live in.

What does the Analyst career path entail?
PFM’s Analysts work across the company in financial advisory, asset management, and management and budget consulting practices. An Analyst at PFM has a broad range of responsibilities and a career path that includes continuous learning and growth opportunities.  It’s a team-based work environment so you’re always collaborating with and learning from your peers and superiors.

You can learn more about PFM’s Analyst career path here.

What skills make a person successful in this position?
PFM looks for motivated individuals who want a longer-term career commitment and are motivated by the niche field of public finance.  If you have passion for your work, strong analytical abilities, the desire to make a community impact, and are willing to learn and to work hard, you could be a great fit for PFM.

What is your general career advice for someone considering a career in public finance?
I’d recommend being curious about the world around you and really considering what will drive your personal and job satisfaction.  Take advantage of the coursework, internship, and other learning opportunities that will give you a broad view of what a University of Texas education can do.  Find a mentor you trust who can serve as a sounding board, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Keep in mind that the time to learn is now, and make the most of every opportunity to master a new task or skill.

If you have a budding interest in PFM and want to learn more, our internship opportunities can be a great way to “test-drive” the industry and experience our challenging and team-oriented company culture. Visit PFM’s website to learn more about internships and submit your resume for consideration. 

 

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