Alex Archer, '13
Major: Economics and Management (emphasis in Finance)
Residence: Grand Ledge, Mich.
Career: Market Analyst at Stage 2 Innovations
In a nutshell, what do you do?
My role as a market analyst in the venture capital industry consists of due diligence on industries and competitors in a specific market where our company is investing or thinking about investing. Since the organization is quite a bit smaller than other investment funds, I have a more dynamic role, which makes the job very exciting.
Why do you love what you do?
Since my father is a financial advisor, I have grown up learning about stocks, bonds and how to invest. I gained a better appreciation for investing after my internship in Chicago last summer where I worked at a $9 billion value-strategy investment fund. Both of these experiences, accompanied by my new position at Stage 2, have really helped me gain an appreciation of the investment industry.
How did Albion help you get there?
Albion College is what helped me get in the door at my current position at Stage 2. I currently work under three very successful Albion alumni, and they are the ones who made this opportunity available to me. Albion has helped me by preparing me in core subjects such as economics, math and English; the College also gave me the opportunity and flexibility to spend an entire year at the London School of Economics.
For me, Albion ...
... is about learning both inside and outside of the classroom. The liberal arts curriculum is about being comfortable in uncomfortable situations, where your intellect is driven not only through coursework and textbooks, but also through leading organizations, competing in athletics, performing in theatre, and being heavily involved in numerous clubs and societies on campus.