By Gloria Gutierrez |Staff Writer|
The Financial Management Association (FMA) has reformed and revamped itself to provide CSUSB students practical and educational information on financial decision-making.
The FMA is an international association that has over 200 chapters worldwide.
The FMA chapter at CSUSB has been providing general meetings for its members as well as social mixers, resume workshops, and speaker events which aim to give CSUSB students a better understanding of how the finance industry works.
“We help students who are interested in finance to branch into this trade,” said Blake Fan, president of FMA. “We do this through education and practical experience.”
Speaker events offer students insight on the reality of a career in the financial world and hosting seminars and workshops provides them with more of the educational aspect of finance.
The FMA not only encourages students in the finance major but all students to become a part of this association on campus.
Since FMA has been re-established, the events they have hosted have covered the three most popular areas in finance: Insurance, analyst jobs and financial planning.
The last event FMA held was on Wednesday. The speaker at this event was the Citizens Business Bank Chief Investment Officer Ted Brines.
Brines shared important details about his 25 years of experience in the financial world to a classroom of about 30 CSUSB students.
Students expanded their knowledge on investment banking, management assessment and how to move up the financial chain from a financial analyst to a managing director.
Brines also shared advice with the CSUSB students and encouraged students to take management classes because it is important to “understand the company from every aspect.”
More advice from Brines included starting cover letters and resumes as early as possible and making a LinkedIn account, which opens windows of possible career opportunities to students.
“Students gain so much information from these speakers we bring,” said Fan. “Information and advice that they can only receive from individuals who have had years and years of experience in the financial world is not always shared in a classroom setting.”
FMA has events scheduled all up to the end of spring quarter this year.
An important event they will be attending is the FMA’s Annual Leadership Conference.
It is a conference held for members of the FMA and only 200 members are allowed to attend. Out of those 200 members, 10 of them will be members from the CSUSB FMA chapter.
It will be their first time in 20 years attending this significant finance conference.
This year it will be held at the UBS tower in Chicago.
The FMA members will be touring the Federal Reserve Bank, the Chicago Board of Auctions Exchange and the headquarters of Morning Star, which is an important database used by finance majors.
“We will be able to listen to the upmost cutting edge discussions in the field of finance and talk to very distinguished professionals,” said Fan.
The FMA serves as a bridge for students into the professional world of finance.
For more information about the FMA or how to join visit its up-to-date website csusbfma.com.