February 19, 2016 by texasbbacareerservices
Major: B.A. Economics, Finance Minor
Grad Year: 2015
Company: GM Financial
Current Role: Accelerate Development Program: Pricing
Everything I have learned in the past six months, I attribute to the immeasurable quality of GM Financial (GMF) executives. The first week was filled with round table discussions and Q&As with countless department heads, and nearly every Chief Officer. We were given perspective from all angles including the history of GM Financial, our current strategic goals, leadership styles and strategies. Officers went into depth about their own personal career tracks, their hopes for the future of the rotational program graduates, and their own brand of career advice.
Speaking to the value that GM Financial places on well-rounded skillsets, each officer’s career track crossed through a multitude of departments. As expected future leaders, rotational program candidates work towards diversifying their experience in a chosen field. The program consists of four rotations in a core department, each lasting anywhere from 4-6 months. Between each core rotation, candidates spend shorter stints in supporting departments to give a broad and comprehensive understanding of GMF operations. My core rotation departments are within the Pricing department. In the auto finance industry, the Pricing department oversees the market research and analysis of our competitors, which includes building the profitability models that essentially drive the interest rates offered by GM Financial. I will learn the different aspects of Pricing analytics and then rotate into other more customized areas such as Credit Risk and Structured Finance to build my skills and knowledge.
I have held various jobs and internships throughout my time on the Forty Acres, but none had given me control of my future career path the way GMF has. GM Financial has made a concentrated effort to create an open learning environment from the chief officer level down to new hires. I believe the limit to my success here is equal to the limit of my own drive for personal growth.
My advice is to those of you about to graduate is to never stop putting yourself in challenging situations – landing a job after college is not a means to an end; it’s the start of a new opportunity.