Set Yourself Up for Career Success

Set Yourself Up for Career Success
A Young Professionals Guide to Windy City

By Jared Fruland

Whether you’ve secured your ideal job or are still searching, you still need to grow and develop as a treasury or finance professional. Throughout my career I have found various avenues to explore and grow my treasury knowledge while also refining financial and industry acumen. I earned the Certified Treasury Professional accreditation and I attend numerous training sessions, but the local Windy City Conference in Chicago, IL each year is by far the most influential in my career development. Check out how I make the most of each Windy City Conference…

Define a Purpose

I start by setting an objective before each Windy City annual conference. This helps me focus my agenda; otherwise the enormous educational offerings would be overwhelming. So, for example, when I attended the Windy City Conference in 2015 I went with the purpose to learn all that I could about money-market reform, a hot topic at the time. I attended every session on modifying investment policies and understanding proposed reforms. I even chatted with other corporates in over the many lunches and networking receptions around their objectives and ideas to handle the proposed reforms.

Last year, my goal was to learn all that I could around international expansion and FX. I sat in on sessions that addressed the process of building an FX policy and implementing an international banking RFP. No other industry conference provides as many educational sessions on so many disparate topics.

In terms of this year, I am anxiously looking forward to attending sessions structured around Global Treasury with specific attention to developing a global strategy, reconciling bank statements globally, understanding trapped cash and finding the right fit in international treasury. I hope to come away from this Windy City with a toolkit of deployable skills that can help create a dialogue and action plan around international treasury. I also hope to make connections with each presenter to ensure I leave with a new network of connections that can assist with any future global endeavors.

Maximize Every Session

Windy City will feature more than 120educational sessions—and you should attend as many as possible. You have the opportunity to sit in with chief executives, treasurers, CFOs and other economic and business thought leaders and understand how they are interpreting and analyzing a host of common challenges. Be present and define a list of key objectives you hope to get from each session. Follow up when you return to your office and, if possible, connect with the presenter to ensure you continue to build your professional treasury network.

Create Your Own Opportunities

Windy City always allows for plenty of networking time. Take advantage of it! It’s amazing how many professional connections you can make—both in Chicago, IL and your organization’s industry. Windy City will feature many networking events—i.e., happy hours!—to help you mingle and meet new friends. I would highly suggest you join me at the many events. I look forward to seeing you all at Windy City in May!

Join Jared and other young professionals at Windy City 2018 – register today.