What drew you to Partners Group, and how did you end up in the location where you’ll be working next year?
Partners’ Financial Analyst Program is a unique multi-year rotational program that offers both breadth and depth. The program’s focus on long-term development mirrors the nature of private market transactions, and the firm’s clear commitment to the success of their analysts was a big draw. Partners’ U.S. headquarters is in the Denver area, so I look forward to living near my extended family.
What Hamilton experiences (classes, extracurriculars, research, etc.) helped to prepare you for this endeavor?
I am first and foremost prepared for this experience by my work as a history research assistant with Professor Mackenzie Cooley. I worked with her from October 2018 to August 2020, during which I learned how to take initiative while cultivating a strong set of oral and written communication skills. Furthermore, when I decided to explore a career path outside of history, Professor Cooley introduced me to individuals within her own network that have led to invaluable connections. Outside of history, my minor in Economics has likewise built a strong foundation of quantitative skills and analytical thinking.
Major in a subject that you love while keeping in mind those classes that will help you get your foot in the door.
Do you have any long-term career goals? How do you think your upcoming position as an investment analyst will help you realize long-term aspirations?
I hope to build a career at Partners Group and, more broadly, within the private equity space. Private equity allows for a kind of hands-on engagement with companies that is both daunting and exciting. I also hope to continue to build on my professional French skills after college and eventually work abroad.
Kate Biedermann ’22
Major(s): History and French & Francophone Studies
Hometown: Malvern, Pa.
High School: Academy of Notre Dame
Activities: Senior Chapel Fellow, editor-in-chief of The Hamilton Historical, ESOL tutor
What aspects of your new position are you looking forward to the most?
I look forward to immersing myself in the collaborative and supportive Partners culture while learning the fundamentals of the industry. I anticipate taking full advantage of the opportunities for mentorship and continual learning.
What advice would you give to students interested in pursuing finance/private equity?
The best advice that I received was that you do not need to be an economics major to pursue a career in finance because it is how you demonstrate your interest outside of the classroom that becomes most important.