BTU #35 – Casey Carroll: Sales & Trading in the Finance Industry

“I think that’s one of the things that I love most about my job is that my whole life I’ve always been interested in the news and what’s going on in the world. Now I feel like I get paid to pay attention to it. Any obscure reference, you could make a case that it can have an effect on the market. And for that reason, you truly have to stay engaged in what’s going on.”
 – Casey Carroll

Casey Carroll lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and works with Wells Fargo in their Credit Sales department. He started out at Duke University, where he studied History and Visual Arts, and was on the Men’s Lacrosse Team. He served for four and a half years in the Army with the Rangers as a Fire team Leader. After transitioning from the Army he returned to Duke, this time at their Fuqua School of Business.

In this conversation, we cover a lot of topics, including:

  • Casey’s decision to go to business school instead of going straight into industry
  • An overview of a career in High Yield Sales & Trading in the Finance Industry
  • The day-to-day life of someone in High Yield Sales & Trading
  • How Casey knew he wanted to enter the world of Finance, and how he found his way to Wells Fargo
  • Indications that you may really like a career in Sales & Trading… and signs you may hate it
  • And much, much more…

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Show Notes

  • 1:09 – Casey’s road from Duke University to Wells Fargo
  • 1:35 – When Casey knew he was going to leave the Army
  • 3:30 – The most unexpected and surprising aspects of Casey’s transition to the civilian world
  • 7:43 – Casey’s decision to go to business school instead of going straight into industry
  • 11:11 – Advice for veterans applying to business school or Duke in particular
  • 15:03 – What Casey liked most and least about his time at Duke
  • 22:40 – An overview of a career in High Yield Sales & Trading in the Finance Industry
  • 25:55 – The day-to-day life of someone in High Yield Sales & Trading
  • 31:38 – How Casey knew he wanted to enter the world of Finance, and how he found his way to Wells Fargo
  • 34:28 – Indications that you may really like a career in Sales & Trading… and signs you may hate it
  • 37:30 – Negative habits Casey had to break when coming out of the military
  • 41:10 – Final words of wisdom