Rutgers MBA graduate achieves new career goal in corporate finance
“I wanted to work in finance and all my training was basically commercial. I realized no one was really going to take me seriously despite the skills I had,” Gerbino said. “I thought it was necessary to obtain an MBA to confirm the fact that I had the ability to work in finance.”
During the two-year program that coincided with a historic pandemic, he demonstrated a knack for ingenuity and became a class leader.
He said his advanced financial management course with Teacher Lisa Kaplowitz strengthened its ambition to work in finance, and its work with the Career Management Office (and “lots” of interviews) helped him hone in on the skills he needed to compete for corporate finance jobs.
“I know how to tell stories and I was already pretty good at interviews,” Gerbino said. “What I didn’t understand was the kind of story I should be telling.”
The ability to frame his story led him to a summer internship and then to a full-time job. “That’s the reason I was able to get my foot in the door,” he said.
In June, Gerbino will begin working full-time as a senior financial analyst at Quest Diagnostics. He will be part of the company’s financial leadership development program.
Dean Vera, associate dean of graduate career management, calls Gerbino an “extreme career changer.” Gerbino immediately committed to the Office of Career Management, Vera said.
What made Gerbino stand out, Vera said, was not just his academic performance and determination, but also his willingness to help others. When the pandemic restricted normal social activities, Gerbino set up virtual networking meetings and happy hours for the class.
These traits have also been recognized by others. Among other awards, Gerbino received the Dean’s Distinguished Leadership Award. The award is given annually to one graduate student and one undergraduate student from each of the school’s campuses at newark and New Brunswick. As one of the 2022 recipients, Gerbino is now part of school history: his name will be engraved on the Rutgers Business School bell, which is used at convocation and displayed at graduation ceremonies. other official ceremonies.
Gerbino’s undergraduate studies at the US Naval Academy ended abruptly with shoulder injuries after three and a half years. He quickly took on a full-time job as a conference services associate. Then one day, on his way to work on the train, he struck up a conversation with another passenger that led to a job at the flagship store of Pronovias, the international wedding dress designer. The other passenger was the deputy director of Pronovias.
Gerbino started as a receptionist and moved into sales before joining the Pronovias management team. During this time, he completed his undergraduate studies at Thomas Edison State University.
To Rutgershe pursued a concentration in finance and entrepreneurship. During his internship at Quest, he led a team of finance, sales, and IT employees on a project to create a better account tracking system. Switching to a cleaner, more automated system has saved the company 3,000 man-hours a year, he said.
He continued to work for Quest on a part-time basis during his second year of MBA studies. Now he’s ready to show off more of what he can do. “I’m excited,” he said. “It wasn’t easy trying to apply for finance jobs with a wedding dress background and trying to convince people that I do numbers.”
SOURCE Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick