Ex Goldman Sachs VP Visits CHS

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

 

Goldman Sachs
On November 14, 2014, guest speaker Lo Wang visited Chatham High School, where members of the Chinese club had the opportunity to interview him. The presentation, called “The Road Ahead,” focused on the often overlooked characteristics that contribute to future success.
Mr. Wang was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the United States as a teenager. After earning his bachelor’s degrees in Engineering and Science from Cornell University, Mr. Wang worked in Silicon Valley as a software engineer for three years. From there, he went on to hold vice-presidential positions at AllianceBernstein and Goldman Sachs. He currently works at Jennison Associates.

Straying from the classic cliches of “working hard,” “being passionate about what you do,” and “having commitment and drive,” Mr. Wang pinpointed other uncommon characteristics that can spur achievement in the areas of STEM industries. In addition, in a project-based work environment, success can be maximized by avoiding certain circumstances. Usually, problematic situations arise when communication gaps, unclear objectives, limited planning, and oversimplified directions exist. Early detection of such problems is crucial in minimizing them.

In wider perspective, many characteristics Mr. Wang talks about apply to almost any career path; some of these include consistency, setting goals, and self-awareness. Mr. Wang defined self-awareness with the question: why am I doing this? What am I doing this for? Also important is the ability to embrace diversity, to trust other people with different views, something that because of his background, Mr. Wang has been able to experience firsthand. However, the one thing that he stressed most was vision. There should always be an end goal, an idea of what should happen, an ideal output. After that, all the other characteristics help to realize this ideal.

Everyone’s idea of success may differ; However, perseverance, collaboration, and foresight are important to success no matter who you are or what you do.