In the industry of finance, attitude is everything.
It’s this sentiment that Eric Crawley MBA’09 finds himself alluding to when he’s coaching students as a member of the Cutler Center Mentor Program.
“I go back to that kid I was in college thinking, ‘What am I going to do?’” Crawley said. “I look to share some of that knowledge (and) previous dead ends, as much as possible in hopes that I can help people make better decisions.”
Crawley, also a member of the Cutler Center Advisory Board, currently serves as director and investment strategist in Bank of America’s Chief Investment Office. While at Babson, he was an executive portfolio manager of the Babson College Fund.
For 20 years, the Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance has helped Babson College students advance their education and prepare for careers in business. Cutler Center mentors such as Crawley are paired with an undergraduate student concentrating in finance during the program, which runs from October to May.
Professionals assist students in developing their future career path, in addition to providing advice and guidance.
Crawley attributes his success to his time at Babson. “I wouldn’t have the job that I have, the career that I have, without the existence of the Cutler Center,” he said.
Crawley, who started working with mentees of his own two years ago, said he is “continuously awestruck by the level of sophistication and passionate interest these students have.”
He added, “It’s incredibly motivational.”
In particular, Crawley helps students fine-tune their approach and demonstrate character, which he says are two critical components of the investment management industry.
“Show how you are, and be sincere and genuine in everything that you do,” he says. “Be open to change. What your job is going to be, five years, a decade from now, is going to be so different than what you believe it could be.”
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