Zouhare Al-Baroudi is currently a junior, and his area of study is Finance. This summer Zouhare will be joining BMO Capital Markets in their Sales & Trading division.
What is your position and title at IMG?
Chief Investment Officer.
Which IMG group are you in?
I currently head the Portfolio Management team. I am very interested in alternative energy as well as traditional energy methods (oil); this stems from my liking of macroeconomics and trying to understand the interconnectedness of the world. Energy is one of the few sectors that allows one to do that.
What career path are you pursuing and why?
I am planning to pursue a career path in trading because that field is incredibly exciting. I am a huge market junky and see myself as a risk-taker. There is a lot of human psychology that goes into it as well.
How do you cope with the stress?
I have developed a method for managing my time really well. For me, stress emanates from having too much to do at once. I can control this by setting strict times for completion of each task.
How long have you been a part of the club?
2016 marks my third year in the club.
Do you have any book suggestions?
The list could go on for quite a while, so I will give one book recommendation for three categories: Business (Hedge Fund Market Wizards), Critical Thinking (Predictably Irrational), and Classical Literature (Oliver Twist).
What do you think is the most important part of the recruiting process?
The most important part is to stay human. A lot of people try to become what they think the other person wants them to be, which is almost always wrong. They end up talking only about finance and trying to show off how much they know. Don’t do that! There are more than enough smart people out there. What separates one from the rest is quite literally YOU. Be yourself and converse with the other person. Show them that you’re friendly and tolerably to sit next to for 12+ hours. At the end of the day, the person on the other end is human too.
What is your ultimate career goal?
To be quite honest, I stopped having an “ultimate career goal." You come to find that the finance industry is changing ever so rapidly, to the point where you career goals becomes practically obsolete. Instead, I’ve taken a different approach to this goal; my goal is to become as versatile and adaptable as possible (this come with reading a lot!).
What are your hobbies?
I am a big fan of food, in both cooking and eating capacities. I think of food as art with an additional dimension (taste, in addition to visual aesthetic). I also love to read anything I can get my hands on: books, news articles, academic papers, interviews… anything! There is nothing more impressive in my opinion, than a well-read man.
If you could choose to do something else other than finance what would it be?
This is a really interesting question… if anyone knows me, they know that this is all I’ve wanted to do since I was a child (yes, yes, quite nerdy). Though the more I read about it, the more I’ve become fascinated with alternative energy. I guess that would be the route I would take, if things should change, and become an engineer.
Feel free to reach out to Zouhare to talk about IMG, discuss Finance, or to learn more about his views on energy: firstname.lastname@example.org.