So an apology is due. It has been entirely too long since my last post, but there’s a good reason for the hiatus.
I was recently accepted into a Stock Broker Trainee Program, sponsored by Charles Schwab!!! I start on Monday.
That’s the good news. The other stuff that caused me to put WordPress on the back burner was to focus on getting as much of my school reimbursed by Amex as possible before I jump ship. This process is a pain, takes forever, and I needed to know that I wasn’t obligated to pay it back once I quit.
I did quit my job at Amex, which was tough. Oh, I also bought a house! And I am now just over halfway through my MBA program at Grand Canyon University (which is up almost 50% btw since I bought 40 shares back in March, $LOPE). Killed this Marketing Management course which wraps up this Wednesday.
Getting into the program was intense. I first had to apply online. My application was ignored. Then weeks later I get an email inviting me to a “Bridge Forum” to meet the company. I met the hiring manager for the Broker Trainee Program, as well as the recruiter, and got all the advice I needed to proceed. About a week later I got an email saying they received my application and then set up a time for a brief phone interview. After that brief (30-45min) phone interview, I was invited to take the SIFMA assessment – which was the hardest test I’ve ever taken in my life. Apparently I passed it because they then invited me to a face-to-face interview with two managers, which I prepared for the night before and nailed out of the park, if I don’t say so myself. Then they said I could formally apply, this meant 5 years of residence info, 5 years of past employer info, credit and criminal background checks, etc. which took about a week to process. All together, the whole process took about a month and a half from beginning to end.
Let me know if there’s anything else you want to know that I may be able to answer for you.