Advice 1: On changing industry and convincing your prospective employer: When you are thinking about moving to a different role, breaking out your current and prospective role into their respective components may actually reveal that the two jobs are a lot more similar to each other than you first thought. Figuring out the common required skills is the key to both understanding that you can do a different job and to convincing others that you’re a good fit for it. When you move to a different industry, one of the advantages you’re bringing to your new employer is a different perspective; you have different experiences and views to people who will have worked only in the one industry that you’re applying to, as well as unique complementary skills. When moving to his current role as a Financial Planning and Analysis manager at a 3D printing company, some of Boris’ complementary and transferable skills were that he understood how the public financial markets worked, what institutional investors look for, how to speak to Investor Relations teams; all of these could come in useful if the company ever wanted to raise money in the capital markets or go public.
Advice 2: Advice Boris would give to himself when he first started his career: Boris shared a story about how he stopped pursuing a job at Google in 2005 as he wanted to pursue his goal of working for an investment bank. While the job at Google at the time would probably not have paid as much as a bank, the opportunities from taking that job could have been huge. The advice is do not chase the immediate money! Make sure you love what you do and the money will come later. Secondly, when thinking about accepting a new job, make sure you know exactly what you will be doing on a day-to-day basis before you go there and have a good understanding of the skills that you’re going to learn in that role and how they’re going to open up new opportunities for you. Finally, be patient if you’re looking for jobs. You’re better off waiting for a job that is a better opportunity for you.
Advice 3: On doing an executive MBA: one of the best things is that you meet a lot of people who you would not have met otherwise – people from totally different industries and from different countries. It makes you understand that to start your own business, you don’t need to have an idea that you think is going to become the next Facebook or the next Twitter and people who are running their own businesses are a lot like you and not like Jeff Bezos or Mark Zuckerberg. The executive MBA opens your eyes to the opportunities that are out there and gives you the confidence to believe they’re open to you. Indeed, Boris started his own business after finishing the executive MBA.
Details of experience: After completing his B.A. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, Boris joined Goldman Sachs as a Technology Analyst. After a few years, he decided to switch industries into finance and to transfer, he completed a MSc degree in Finance. Since then, Boris has worked at an asset manager in Boston, on the ‘sell-side’ in equity research at an investment bank in London, has completed an Executive MBA and started his own financial business and is now working as a Financial Planning & Analysis manager for a company that specialises in 3D printing in San Francisco.
This post is written by Experience Share, based on their interview with Boris Vilidnitsky on 10/11/2020 and has been approved by Boris. The interview contains a lot of content including the advantages of pursuing an MBA, moving cities and switching industries, getting a great new job and advantages of starting your own business. To listen to the full podcast and to hear much more about Boris’s experiences and his advice first hand, tune in on Spotify: link and on Apple Podcasts: link.