The Investment Analyst role allows you to fully understand each client you are working with. Prudential Capital has a lot of deal flow, but they emphasize the relationships they have with their clients more than I anticipated.

Jessica DeSimon
Investment Analyst, Chicago

Day in the Life: Jessica DeSimon

Before she discovered her interest in finance, Jessica DeSimon had planned on studying Political Science.

“After a stint interning for the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. my sophomore year, I decided to transfer into my university’s college of business. I loved D.C. and it’s fast-paced environment,” however, “finance allowed me to find solutions that were defendable and make decisions that could materialize quickly.”

Jessica graduated with a major in Finance from Marquette University and went on to accept a full-time position in commercial banking. Her role focused on providing senior debt, however she quickly grew tired of the same product day in and day out. 

“I chose to leave my prior position and join Prudential Capital because it offered the ability to work within the entire capital structure as well as deeply advance my analytical skills. Working in banking, I only worked to provide senior (usually secured) debt, whereas Prudential Capital Group has the unique capability to provide senior, mezzanine and equity investments.”

Upon starting at Prudential Capital Group, Jessica was sent to a 9-day intensive training program outside of San Francisco with fellow new Prudential Capital Investment Analysts.

The curriculum was targeted to us and delivered in a collaborative way. The course was administered by a finance professional with valuable real-world experience. We all learned a lot more than I thought we could in such a short period of time,” she said of the program.

After the training, the new analysts joined their peers at an all-analyst conference in San Francisco. The annual conference provides an opportunity for the analysts to network with each other and receive company updates from senior leadership.

Jessica’s favorite part of her role at Prudential Capital Group is the relationships built with the companies financed. “A very vital part of our local and national economy is the success of middle-market companies. These are companies born out of entrepreneurship and their success is owed to hard work and disciplined management,” said Jessica.

“The Investment Analyst role allows you to fully understand each client you are working with. Prudential Capital has a lot of deal flow, but they emphasize the relationships they have with their clients more than I anticipated.”

Before the end of the three-year Analyst program, Jessica plans to complete her CFA and is considering pursuing an MBA following her time at Prudential Capital Group. 




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