New York Stock Exchange
Had the opportunity to walk around the NYSE last week. A few of trading booths/posts had been renovated and some older ones were still standing so it was a great opportunity to see the difference between the two and how antiquated the older set-ups are.
Another thing that stood out was the consolidation business affairs into a single room/floor and the decrease in personnel due to technology taking over the need to have people doing business face to face.
Also got to see the software traders use to monitor the market and make trades. The market manager that gave the overview made it look easy but he admitted that he wouldn’t be able to keep track of all the constantly changing variables without the help of a handful of algorithms and alerts he had set-up behind the scenes.
Field trip during the middle of a work day? Sure why not.
Summer Internship First Impressions
My internship experience so far has been very impressive.
Had two days of orientation last week and I was blown away by the number of interns and the diversity within each division. I would say almost every person I networked with spoke at least two languages.
Today was my first day meeting my team and sitting at my desk. Lots of new faces and names that will take some practice remembering, but overall everyone I met was welcoming and amiable. I was brought up to speed on what my project will involve at a high-level and I can finally say I have a better understanding of what I will be doing this summer. Can’t say I’ve felt this way before on the first day. I am glad my team took the time to create a well thought-out plan for me before my arrival. I’ve got lots of learning to do but I’m excited to get things rolling.
I also got to lift in the office gym for the first time. I only got a glimpse of it last Friday, but today I set aside my lunchtime to go play. The space is small but some of the highlights:
- Uniforms and toiletries: don’t have to worry about bringing t-shirts, shorts, socks, deodorant, shampoo, etc.
- Bumper plates: don’t have to worry about stacking plates to do deadlifts lighter than 135 lbs!
- Convenience: My 1.5hr commute kills my motivation to do anything after work but now I can just lift during lunch or immediately after work.
- The view: Couldn’t help but stare at the Manhattan skyline during my rests. This also applies from my desk.