Landing your first job out of college in the “real world” can be really nerve-wracking. If that job happens to be at the firm where your dad is a partner, the nerves can be twice as bad.
Coming into the finance field with only the basics that you are taught in college, I knew there was going to be a ton of new things to learn and I was eager to jump in head first. I was fully aware that I was going to be held to very high standards. Not only would I be working in the same department as my father, he is partner at the firm. This meant the bar of expectations would be set at least one notch higher.
The offer came with a few additional things to consider:
- I would be sitting right next to my father. So close in fact, we almost share a desk.
- Ruining our relationship. You hear the stories about family members working together and then never speaking outside of work. This thought crossed my mind more than once and I definitely didn’t want that situation to happen to us.
- Those expectations. Would I be able to meet them let along exceed them?
Now, there were a few steps the firm took to help navigate the family dynamic. Lakeside strategically placed a colleague between my dad and I in the management structure in an effort to mitigate him directly overseeing my every move and the potential for issues to arise. Lakeside also gave me a platform to address any concerns I may have to other directors and members of the executive team outside of my department. This gave me the option to voice my opinions without having to worry about my dad getting involved.
In the end, I felt that Lakeside was the perfect place to start my career and I was going to be in great hands, so I took the plunge.
Now after working alongside my father for the past 7 months, I realize that I choose the right career and couldn’t be happier at this point in my life. Those high expectations are still there but I love this firm and all the people in it. I especially love all the pointers I get from my colleagues from how to dress and carry myself more professionally, to how to deal with certain scenarios to starting to learn how to develop and coach clients.
It’s awesome to be able to tap into my father’s knowledge of investing and learn from someone who has been in the field for 33 years. He’s been through the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s nice to have someone to turn to with my “dumb” questions as I learn to navigate through my career. He’s a great mentor but I’m also surrounded by great colleagues to turn to when I don’t feel comfortable asking my father questions. All-in-all, I couldn’t ask for a better place to start my career in the financial industry.