Connor Norat '15: Hands-on investment experience pays dividends
Connor Norat ’15 has always had a passion for finance, and when he was looking at different universities, something about Bryant stood out.
“The Archway Investment Fund,” Norat says. “The fact that it involves real money was one of the biggest selling points for me. It’s run by students and the fact that the University trusts students with a portion of the endowment money specifically set aside for the Fund is very impressive.”
"The fact that the University trusts students with a portion of the endowment money ... is very impressive.”
With the Archway Investment Fund, Norat actively managed securities portfolio currently valued at over $1 million. He has seen the total fund grow by 17 percent during his time at Bryant.
Norat is also a member of the Bryant Finance Association, and has mentored fellow students in the C.V. Starr Financial Markets Center, which receives live feeds through Reuters 3000, a financial trading system used by some of the largest financial organizations in the world.
“It’s a really cool experience to teach younger students about different subjects,” he says. “It’s very rewarding to share what I have learned.”
Norat also participated in Bryant Ventures, an entrepreneurial incubator for promising new ideas. He helped design a new medicinal bottle cap.
“Bryant Ventures hooked us up with an outside company that let us design, develop, and prototype our product through many stages,” he says.
A captain on Bryant’s Division I soccer team, Norat was twice named the Northeast Conference’s Player of the Week and earned a spot on a NSCAA All- Northeast Conference Second Team.
Last summer, Norat secured an internship with EMC’s Financial Training Program where he designed a budget allocation financial model for the global hardware engineering segment. After Commencement, he joins EMC full-time, starting at the the multinational corporation’s headquarters in Hopkinton, MA, before having an option to travel elsewhere for his second year of the three-year Finance Training Program.
“I was fortunate to be able to secure this job even before I began my senior year,” Norat says. “Bryant has prepared me extremely well for this position by offering many different opportunities to further enhance my education.”