Max Scheuer, '10
Major / Minor: Major: Business Administration Finance Major: Economics
Organization: Bank First National
Job Title: Business Banking Representative
Why did you choose to go into your program of study?
My interest in Finance really spawned from my parents having their own Insurance/Financial Services business. I remember making fake stock portfolios when I was a kid. I knew right away that I wanted to work in either the Financial Services or the Banking industry after college. Naturally, Finance was the way to go. Economics always interested me so why not go for the major instead of a minor?
When you began at UW-Green Bay, what did you expect for your future?
I knew the general goal that I wanted to attain after graduation: a job related to my majors. I never expected to have the great opportunity I do now with a great organization like Bank First National. The professors (Larry McGregor, Mussie Teclezion, and Kumar Kangayappan to name a few) did a fantastic job of applying lectures and assignments to situations I see every day in my current job.
Did you have a job/internship in your field while going to college that helped spark your interest?
I did not. However, being around my parent's business helped me continue on the path to a double major in Finance and Economics.
What were you involved in while a student at UW-Green Bay?
Intramurals took up a lot of the free time between homework and work.
Where are you currently employed? Please describe your position.
I am currently employed at Bank First National in Manitowoc as a Business Banking Representative. I work with many different and unique businesses in different industries to help them meet their growth and profitability goals when cash and equity are not enough. I take pride in the fact that I am able to take a relationship based approach to help my customers with their financing needs. Bank First strongly believes that if you do what is right for the customer, it will lead to greater success the Bank.
How do you keep in contact with other alumni?
I do a lot of it through social media like Facebook (social purposes) and LinkedIn (business purposes) as well as through email and phone calls. LinkedIn is a valuable tool to see what is new and exciting with your fellow alumni.
What advice would you have for a student wanting to enter your field?
Be yourself, be confident, and ask a lot of questions.
People who are interviewing you will quickly seek out if you are exaggerating or being fake. Most likely, one of your interviews will be with the Senior Lender who oversees many lenders and works with many different customers. This means that they see many different personalities and can tell rather quickly if you are being genuine or not.
Each and every individual is unique and has a certain set of attributes and strengths that can be beneficial to an organization. You need to be confident in who you are and what you bring to the table. No type of personality should be considered "weak". Seek out a position and organization that best fits you and your skills.
Asking questions will show that you are engaged and willing to learn. Many organizations hire college graduates because they are "clean slates". You are able to quickly adapt to the organization's needs and expectations.
Can we share your e-mail address on our website/can career services give it out to students inquiring about a job in your place of employment/field?
You can most certainly give out my email to individuals who are inquiring about a job in the banking world. email@example.com
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