Interested in growing your career in Finance? This interview is for you! Habeeb Famuyide is a Financial Analyst at prominent media company, CNN. Having served as a former student leader at the University at Albany and taking those skills into the work world, Habeeb has cut out a solid foundation for his career in Finance. What makes his trajectory even more interesting? The fact that he is not practicing his financial skills at a Finance Institution, but instead, bringing those skills to another industry, Media.
Fortunately, for you, we took the time to sit down with Habeeb and discuss what it took to get here.
Now that we know a little bit about Habeeb, how about we dive into how he got to be where he is, professionally, at such a young age!? Check out this Q & A with us as he offered some wisdom.
A: “I think one of the most important things is to develop friendships outside of your regular industry…”
Habeeb is all about networking, especially networking outside of your personal industry. Even though he works in finance, he consistently looks for relationships in all fields. Keeping a diverse portfolio of people is key in having a plethora of opportunities come your way. He also stresses the importance of maintaining these relationships. If he hasn’t texted someone in a while, he will reach out and check in (that’s good advice for life, not just business).
A: “Embracing my roots…”
Habeeb is Nigerian, but prior to going to UAlbany, he didn’t feel that he had a space to express pride in this. Once he surrounded himself with like individuals, culturally, he truly began to understand and define “community” in a new light.
A: Habeeb’s inspiration came from a high school teacher that taught college level accounting (shoutout to Isabel Vito). However, he wasn’t thinking about being CNN’s Financial Analyst. Back then, in Habeeb's words, he was thinking more about clothes and girls at the time (understandable).
Flashforward to college, he interned at an accounting firm and that put things into perspective. When he got back to UAlbany, he switched into a finance degree. After graduation? A job at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Two years in, he realized...this “ain’t” it.
“Last year I did a lot of soul-searching of how I can use my skill set and what I learned over those two years. Where can I transfer those skills over? What actually interests me? I knew that I loved media, so it pushed me in that direction…”
Although his journey is easier said than done, it took Habeeb many interviews at the wrong places to get his foot in CNN’s door.
A: One challenge Habeeb noted was the transition from college/home life to “corporate America”. You’re surrounded by a whole different demographic of people and the transition can be tough to say the least. Habeeb’s advice though? Try to prepare yourself. Through internships, you can get a taste of what the work world is really going to look like. He was intimidated at first but now? “I’m always going to be the first one to speak my mind.” says Habeeb; that’s given him the confidence to continue to grow and reach for professional goals.
A: First off, clean up your social media! Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, all of it. Secondly when networking, really try to be personable. Ask questions about the interviewers life, stand out, and make them remember you. Professionally? Have a “fire resume”, says Habeeb. Don’t lie on it. Hone in on your skills, whether they be technical or analytical, show this company why you are the right fit.
A: “ I think I could move into maybe more of a business development role. I think that’s something that would exercise all parts of my brain.” Habeeb has a ton of skills and he’s ready to use them. He did study marketing as well as finance so it all makes sense.
Full Interview viaYoutube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D4apyAbYHQ&list=PLE5gtX6dEOq8Kw9GUoK_skECBtysqG1ie