Alumnus Steve DeAngelis Talks Fundamentals With ICE CaPS

Deang2014After a long break following February’s snow and ice storm, ICE CaPS members eagerly entered Falvey Memorial Library for the final session of the school year. For the concluding event of the program, Steve DeAngelis presented on “Leveraging the ICE CaPS Experience.” Upon graduating from the Villanova School of Business in 1988 and receiving his MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 1992, Mr. DeAngelis went on to hold a variety of positions in the financial services industry. Mr. DeAngelis even gained first hand experience as an entrepreneur when he established his own company ADVISORport Inc. in 1995. Currently Mr. DeAngelis is a Managing Director and National Sales Manager for Goldman Sachs Asset Management and also serves as an ICE CaPS advisory council member.

In this interactive session Mr. DeAngelis focused on helping the ICE CaPs members understand how they could leverage their ICE CaPS experience for internship and job interviews. Mr. DeAngelis’s central point was that students should not focus on the positions they hold in organizations or activities, but rather highlight the most basic skills they learned from their experiences. By concentrating on fundamental abilities, students simplify their accomplishments and make them more relatable to the interviewer.

After a brief introduction, Mr. DeAngelis asked the group, “After all of the ICE CaPS sessions, what is the most fundamental skill that you learned?” Answers varied, however a majority of the students agreed on communication and perseverance. Indeed, these are two of the many skills that one learns through the diverse and dynamic ICE CaPs program. By exposing the students to variety of speakers, the ICE CaPS program allows members to obtain a first hand insight into what it takes to thrive in innovative environments. Success does not come easily, and it takes perseverance and the ability to effectively communicate one’s ideas in order to prosper.

After attending Mr. DeAngelis’s presentation it became readily apparent to me that the best way to speak about one’s talents in an interview is not to simply boast about the accomplishments one has achieved, but rather to discuss the essential skills one has learned. In the telling the interviewer a specific story about a time you learned the importance of communication, or how you overcame a set of obstacles, you show the interviewer an array of talents and attributes that can be transferred into nearly any work environment.