Loyola University Chicago

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Utilizing Quinlan connections

After years in the industry, Rakesh Kesliker knew he could still depend on Quinlan's Career Services when he needed to make his next move. He offers these reflections on his work experience:

 Since earning my undergraduate degree, I have worked exclusively in retail and commercial banking. In 2007, I decided to pursue my MBA from Loyola University based on the school’s reputation and curriculum. By the time I graduated in June of 2008, the country was in the midst of the greatest recession in generations. Not many firms were hiring, however based on my banking experience and recent MBA from Loyola, I was able to land a consulting job advising the FDIC on bank failures. After the economy started to improve, I became an Asset Manager for a lender that financed multifamily properties across the country.

In July 2014, I was in transition when my employer moved operations to Dallas, Texas. I had been looking for jobs on my own, however prospects were difficult to come by. I contacted Loyola’s career services department and was introduced to Hassan Akmal. Hassan spent the next week introducing me to various alumni spanning multiple industries to help assist me with my search.

Within a few weeks of meeting Hassan, I received a call from William Blair regarding a newly created marketing position within the Investment Banking group. Hassan had forwarded my resume to the Managing Director who immediately called me for a phone screening. An interview was set up the next week with several Directors and Managing Directors within the group. Within two weeks of the initial phone screening, I was given an offer to join the William Blair family. I have been with William Blair since September 2014 and have sincerely enjoyed working here. I have worked on a number of new marketing initiatives that have been transformative not only for my group but also for the firm.

I would not have been able to find this position without the help of Hassan Akmal and the Career Services Department. I highly recommend that both current students and alumni utilize the wonderful partners in the Career Services department. They helped me land a dream job and I am forever grateful for their efforts. 

Rakesh Kesliker

Employer: William Blair 

Title: Markets Analyst 

Graduation Date: June 2008 

Major: MBA 

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