As the economy continues to improve, many sectors that had taken hits in employment have started to rebound. Careers in the financial sector in Houston are improving, with the financial sector experiencing a 1.8 percent increase in jobs over the year period ending May 2014, according to the Greater Houston Partnership. This is much higher than the traditional growth pattern of 0.6 percent, so it is a great time to look at a career in business.
Houstonian David Ruiz, Market Manager at Bank of America, discusses how he found his place in the financial sector and offers advice to others interested in finance.
What degree program did you study?
“I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in geological sciences from Harvard University, as well as M.B.A. in finance and M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University.”
What does your current job entail?
“I am the market manager for Bank of America in Houston, helping to lead our investments through our philanthropic giving, volunteerism, sponsorships marketing and business development.”
Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?
“All of my education and life experiences have been vital to my work and personal success. We work with a great variety of nonprofit organizations and leaders every day. The benefits of a liberal arts education, specifically, gave me the ability to look at every situation with an open mind, listen, and analyze the information to form ideas and questions. No two organizations, individuals, or situations are the same.”
Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?
“My advice is to go to college with an open mind. If you haven’t yet, find a course of study that you feel passionate about and give it your all. College is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study topics and ideas surrounded by equally inquisitive students in an atmosphere that encourages new ideas. For this type of career, you must have a passion for providing and supporting opportunities where there are few. You must care for underserved communities and you must be willing to serve those communities with time, talent and funding.”
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.