College Grad Financial Analyst
Name: Tyler
Career: Senior Financial Analyst
Company Field: Technology
Located In: San Francisco Bay Area, California
Grew Up In: Newport Beach, California
Graduated From:
Majored In: Business
Graduated In: 2007
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Tyler is a Senior Financial Analyst for a major technology company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn about the career path for Tyler's profession (what he did to break into the field), what he actually does on a daily basis as a Senior Financial Analyst, and get a tour of his life after college.

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Name: Tyler
Career: Senior Financial Analyst
Company Field: Technology
Located In: San Francisco Bay Area, California
Grew Up In: Newport Beach, California
Graduated From:
Majored In: Business
Graduated In: 2007

Quick Stats on Being a Senior Financial Analyst

Work Hours/Week: 45 hours
Work Hour Flexibility: Medium
Quality of Lifestyle Outside of Work: High
Work Stress Level: High
Level of Routine Work: Low
Interaction with Co-Workers: High
Pay Level (out of 5): $$$$$

Life of a College Grad Senior Financial Analyst


The Financial Analyst role will be supporting the business operations team with partnering, planning, reporting, accounting and project work – focused specifically on budget management. As part of the operations finance team, this role is specifically focused on simplifying and standardizing finance and accounting processes for high-level execs and helping to clearly define cost & outputs for each team in the organization.

Senior Financial Analyst's Daily Routine:

7:00 AM Wake up and go to the gym (most days)... then have breakfast

8:30 AM Drive to work

9:00 AM If no meetings scheduled, then play catch up on emails and look at To-Do list

12:00 PM Walk to cafeteria or drive somewhere to eat with coworkers

4:00 PM Drive home (if no late afternoon meetings)

5:00 PM Work from home for a little bit (on the computer)

6:00 PM Go to the gym

7:30 PM Eat dinner

7:30 PM Sleep!

Working As a Senior Financial Analyst
How To Get Into The Field
Having a background in Accounting or Finance (or both) from college helps out a lot when looking for a Finance role. I was a Business Major with an Accounting concentration from Cal Poly. I knew I didn't want to be in Accounting my whole life so I went toward the direction of Finance. I was able to utilize contacts to get an interview at a Wealth Management Firm. The interview process is intense but one common thing I noticed about everyone who got a job similar to mine was that they were really personable. It doesn't matter what you are on paper if you can't look at someone in the eye across the table from you and have a good conversation. Those are the people they remember and hire. After being in Wealth Management for awhile I got word of a position that was open for a Financial Analyst through a friend. I have run into so many people that are where they are because they are a friend of a friend or some other coincidence. That's the most important thing to leverage. Don't be afraid to reach out to friends, fraternity brothers (or sorority sisters), family, etc to ask about their company and see if they can refer you to a position if you apply to it.

What Do You Really Do?
There are always financial questions to be answered. Throughout the day there are always people coming at you with questions and searching for guidance. That takes up about 40% of the day. There is another 40% of time that is spent on projects and tasks that are given throughout the week. The remaining 20% usually allows you some time to do your own learning and research and build your own projects and analysis that is hopefully used by your boss and peers.
Pros/Cons of Your Job
Pros: Love the flexibility of the hours. Being at a tech company I am able to work from home a few days a week if I like. Having a tremendous amount of responsibility which gives you visibility at a high level.


Tour My San Francisco Bay Area Townhouse

Quick Stats on The San Francisco Bay Area

Job Opportunities: High
Competition for Housing: Medium
Housing Cost: High
Population of Young People: Medium
Nightlife: Medium
Safety: Medium
Biggest Industries: Technology

The Life of a College Grad in The San Francisco Bay Area


Living in the San Francisco Bay Area College Grad

What's it Like to Live Here?
Living in San Jose (South Bay) is definitely a change from say San Diego or Orange County. San Jose is located approximately 50 minutes south of San Francisco. The nightlife isn't as great and it's not the best demographic. The weather is great though and there is plenty of outdoor activities really close to where we are. It's weird, when you cross the bridge from San Francisco to South Bay, the weather gets exponentially better: it's clear, sunny and warm most of the year. San Jose is also a lot closer to many of the larger technology companies. Tons of programmers and engineers make up the vast majority of the population here.

How Did I End Up Here?
I grew up in Newport Beach, went to college in San Luis Obispo and got a job as a Financial Adviser in San Diego for 4 years before getting a job as a Financial Analyst in San Jose. Tech companies pay incredibly well so naturally that is what attracted me.
My Set-Up
I live on Santana Row which is a really nice, new townhouse-style living area above shops and restaurants. I currently live in a three-story two-bedroom two-bathroom town house with my girlfriend and roommate (who also works at the same company). It's about the best location to live in San Jose.

Closing Advice


Never be afraid to go and meet with people that are high up in your organization and pick their brains. Visibility is the best thing for your career so go to all the happy hours that you can and make yourself useful :)

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