Hamilton alumnus and Goldman Sachs President and Co-Chief Operating Officer David M Solomon '84, P'16, discussed how the college contributed to his career success in a recent interview. Solomon outlined tips for students as well as highlighted those college experiences which prepared him for his future positions in a podcast, part of the company’s Exchanges at Goldman Sachs series. The recording was also summarized on the Vault.com website in an article titled 3 Tips for Students from D.J. D-Sol (a.k.a. Goldman Sachs Co-COO David Solomon).
Hamilton always emphasized written and oral communication, and as I look back at the thing that helped me, written and oral communication has always been super, super important to my career.
“Hamilton gave me the basis for thinking and communicating clearly that helped a lot [in my career],” said Solomon. “Hamilton always emphasized written and oral communication, and as I look back at the thing that helped me, written and oral communication has always been super, super important to my career.” The half-hour interview also included a discussion of the rise in passive investing, how technology is making the world more competitive, and his 35-year career. His remarks about Hamilton begin at the 20-minute mark. The interview appeared on Oct. 12 on the Goldman site.
Aside from taking courses that emphasize writing and speaking skills, Solomon advised college students to take an accounting course and courses about which they are truly passionate.
David Solomon is a charter trustee. His daughter Caroline graduated from Hamilton in 2016.