Junior Jaimon McMillian is a familiar face around the Bryan School. He is a Blueprint Series Team Leader, campus chapter president for the Association for Information Systems, and brother and co-professionalism chair for the Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity. He is also one of several Bryan School students recently selected as a Forbes Under 30 Scholar.
The Forbes Under 30 Scholars program provides scholarship funding to allow students to join young leaders at the Forbes Under 30 Summit this October. There, Jamion and others will participate in an immersive four-day experience that includes talks from A-list speakers, investor-speed pitching, industry-focused field trips, a powerful day of community service, and a private music festival.
This opportunity isn’t the only highlight of Jaimon’s year. He spent his summer as a middle market banking analyst with JPMorgan Chase & Co. “I supported three teams: credit, banking, and treasury. Together, we helped companies with annual revenues of $20 million to $500 million grow their businesses and achieve more.”
It’s easy to wonder how an information systems student with a heavy tech background adapted to a role in finance. Jaimon explained that the crossover was simpler than one might think. “I wasn’t even looking for an internship in finance. (JPMorgan Chase) sent me an email telling me that they were looking for students just like me.” The opportunity sounded interesting, so he applied and made his way into the first round of a very rigorous process. “Their recruiting process is so in-depth, with a lot of different assessments and video interviews. From those, they chose 70 out of 500 students to go to New York (for a freshman experience) and meet their team.” After that trip, he was one of a select few to receive a summer internship, working from the company’s base in Charlotte.
Jaimon shared that the internship shaped his future concentration. “I’ve learned that I have a passion for tech, but I’m leaning more toward the business side now.” Jaimon’s experience also served to further sharpen his work ethic, and help him define what success means for him. When asked what else he had learned from his experience, he answered simply, “Ask questions!”
Using what he’s learned in school and on the job, Jaimon excelled in his internship. His work ethic, quick learning ability, and bright personality earned him a return offer at the close of his internship. “I want to be a corporate leader in finance or tech,” Jaimon said. “I want to be a person who helps transform others and shapes the face of business for the better.”