After graduating, Theodore Karavolas ’22 will join Harris Williams, an investment banking firm headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. In addition to finance internships, Karavolas served as a finance intern while campaigning for Congress during his second summer. Here he talks about his career in investment banking.
Tell a bit about your previous internship and the job search process.
I first became interested in finance during my summer in second year during an internship in London at a private equity firm. Before my junior summer, I networked and did technical prep work. After my internship in reinsurance last summer, I continued to network and seek opportunities in investment banking. I ran into Collin Chapin ’12 and Libbie Warner ’19, who both had non-traditional paths to banking; since the two ended up at Harris Williams, I thought it would be a great opportunity to start networking there. Colin helped me learn more about banking and culture. Harris Williams hosted a networking event in New York last summer, and I had the opportunity to meet people from the Richmond office. Everyone was welcoming and genuinely interested in getting to know you as a person.
Major: Story; Minor: Economics
Hometown: Guilderland, NY
High school: Albany Academies
Extra-curricular activities: Lacrosse, editor of Hamilton HistoryHamilton FCA Board Member
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I look forward to meeting new people and gaining practical experience in banking. In August I explored Richmond and loved the beautiful art and street murals. As a history major, I also enjoyed Richmond’s rich history which is evident throughout the city.
You talked about a non-traditional path to finance. Can you explain that a bit more?
There is a preconceived idea that you have to have a major in economics to get into finance. This is not necessarily the case. My history major and the resources of Hamilton have helped me with a lot of transferable skills to industry. For example, communicating concisely and coherently. As for the interviews, the research skills and critical thinking from my history classes helped me with the case studies.
Any advice for other students looking for a job?
Start networking as early as possible and be sure to track and maintain those relationships. I keep in touch with people like Libbie Warner ’19 and others in places I won’t be working. It’s important to stay in touch because you never know what future opportunities will come your way.
What are your long-term professional goals?
In the long term, I see myself working in private equity and eventually earning an MBA. I also know that my interests are subject to change and I will take every opportunity that comes my way.