Jon M. Kjartansson
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MS, Financial Engineering, Class of 2011
Bloomberg L.P
 
Education
BS in Financial Engineering,
Reykjavik University in Iceland

Career Background
• Cost Control Analyst for ISTAK, the largest contract company in Iceland where I monitored cost and inventory on a $20M project, oversaw the internal accounting for tools and machinery on 40 different projects in five countries and managed an in-house car rental department including 120 vehicles. 
Professional Areas of Interest
• Risk management and computer programming

 
Career Goals

My ultimate career goal is to become a quant where I can combine my skills in finance, math, and programming. I hope that I can use my new opportunity at Bloomberg L.P. as a stepping stone to work my way into their quantitative desk department. My strategy on getting there is to first succeed in my role as a Financial Software Developer and then utilize the diverse relationships that I built during that role to get to the quant department.


About my position...

After graduation, I will move to NYC where I will work as a Financial Software Developer at Bloomberg L.P. After months of attending different career fairs and trying to network my way to employment, my success originated on the CGU Career Management network on Experience.com. An ad for the position was posted there and the rest is history.

During my preparation for the onsite interviews, I completed two behavioral mock interviews from the career management team and two technical mock interviews from two professors. Hence, the Financial Engineering program was instrumental in shaping my skills needed for the job and career services was helpful in tackling the interviews.



What advice would you give to a student interested in obtaining an internship at Bloomberg L.P.?


Financial Software Developers work essentially as software engineers but a deep knowledge of programming is not a preliminary requirement. New employees go through extensive training where they deepen their programming skills, learn basics in finance and how to develop Bloomberg software. The company is extremely diverse but requires their staff to have excellent problem solving skills, be innovative, be adaptable and be able to take on different kinds of projects, and to work in teams.

Unless you are extremely talented and have a God given ability to sell your strengths and how you will be a great fit with the company, job seeking is a numbers game. You never know how the mood of the interviewer is and what exactly he / she is looking for, but I have learned that being well prepared is key. I like to research the company’s mission statements, their core values and compare them with my mission statement and core values. Having a prepared and practiced sales pitch tailored to the applied position is also extremely important.

I think the key to my success with Bloomberg L.P. is because of the perfect fit of our mission statements and core values. Knowing that, it became much easier and more natural to convince them of why I was the right individual for them (besides, of course, having to solve a set of different problems).

“Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”
—Apostle Paul

 

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