Jose “JT” Torres ’20 is not the type to sit idly by for an opportunity. His path to the soon-to-begin investment operations associate role at Capital Group in Irvine, Calif., Began with his first visit to the Career Center – a meeting that took place before he even took part. attends his first class in Hamilton.
Torres has always been intrigued by the economy. This interest started in high school when he was inspired by his father’s small business in San Francisco and the conversations they would have about the economy.
Afterwards, it was the Hamilton Career Center that propelled him and helped sharpen his passion. Torres met his career advisor, David Bell, during HEOP’s summer program. The experience was vital, as Torres admits, “I’m a first generation student, so I didn’t know there were things like a Career Center.”
Torres took advantage of the matchmaking opportunities, professional development workshops and other tools available to him as a student in Hamilton. He also used the alumni network, participating in numerous informational interviews with alumni.
There is no doubt that such connections have paid off. In the summer after his sophomore year, Torres secured a marketing internship at Paragon Real Estate Group after a networking call with Mike Annunziata ’02, and the two maintained a close relationship. In the summer following his junior year, Torres was an asset sales intern for Optima Building Services, which he got because the business owner was his football club’s coach.
During Torres’ senior fall, Bell advised him to start applying for as many full-time finance positions as he could, given the industry’s competitiveness. As a result, Torres received many offers from different companies, but Capital Group stood out for its commitment to socially responsible investing.
“We live in a time when we cannot afford to ignore global issues, from socio-economic inequalities to climate change, so it is very important to me that I work in a place that strives to be aware these issues and take the right position, ”says Torres.
When not working toward his career goals, Torres could be found on the pitch as a member of Hamilton’s college football team. Overall, he is grateful for his experiences and the resources that influenced his time at College Hill. “My experience as a first generation Mexican-American student greatly influenced my time in Hamilton,” he said. “Integration into Hamilton’s level of academic rigor and culture has been a challenge for me coming to College. I am proud to have had my abilities, my intelligence and my character tested and to come out forward.”