How to Launch a Career in the Finance Sector with a Bachelor’s Degree

Graduation day Photo by Pixabay from Pexels
Graduation day Photo by Pixabay from Pexels

The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Vanderbilt University, Scott Bushley is an experienced investment-management professional who serves as partner at Granite Point Capital in Boston. Scott Bushley began his career in 1997 as a sales and operations assistant at Deutsche Bank Securities after completing his bachelor’s degree, later entering Boston College’s Carroll Graduate School of Management.

While an MBA can be a significant asset for a career in finance, it isn’t absolutely required. Graduates of bachelor’s programs can make up for a relative lack of educational merits by pursuing internship opportunities and leveraging their background to demonstrate their qualifications.

Seeking out internship opportunities while in college, between academic years, and even after graduating, can be beneficial. Many finance internships are paid, so it’s better to obtain one with a respected firm rather than working at unrelated jobs. While completing the menial tasks often assigned to interns might not feel rewarding, working in a high-pace environment can provide networking opportunities and professional references.

Regarding background, those who fall into groups that haven’t been traditionally associated with the finance sector can benefit from internships or entry-level training programs. Deutsche Bank, for instance, has an internship program that prefers military veterans or LGBTQ applicants, while Morgan Stanley offers a Black, Hispanic, and Native American Early Insights Program.

Another thing to consider is elective courses. Even if pursuing a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated subject, aiming to complete multiple numbers-oriented courses like applied mathematics or economics can be applicable. A knowledge of engineering or science can be useful for prospective research analysts or investment bankers who specialize in related industries.

Vanderbilt University Wins College World Series

 

Vanderbilt University
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An experienced investment executive, Scott Bushley serves as a partner at Granite Point Capital in Boston. In addition to his professional pursuits, Scott Bushley enjoys coaching youth baseball and is the Cohasset Major League coordinator. His undergraduate alma mater, Vanderbilt University, won the 2019 College World Series (CWS).

The 2019 CWS took place in Omaha, Nebraska, and wrapped up on June 26 as the Vanderbilt Commodores registered an 8-2 victory over the University of Michigan Wolverines in the third and deciding game of the series. Pitcher Mason Hickman recorded 10 strikeouts through six innings in the win, while catcher Philip Clarke led the way offensively with three hits. Vanderbilt trailed 1-0 after the first inning, but scored runs in the each of the following three innings to take a 6-1 lead. Freshman Kumar Rocker, who pitched in Game 2, was named the CWS Most Outstanding Player.

While it was Vanderbilt’s second CWS victory in six years, this one was particularly special as Game 3 was attended by the parents of Donny Everett, a one-time star pitcher with Vanderbilt who tragically drowned just prior to the 2016 playoffs. Everett’s parents, Teddy and Susan, joined the players on stage for the trophy presentation.

Record Participation for Little League Safety Program

Cohasset Youth Baseball and Softball Association
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A Massachusetts-based investment-management professional, Scott Bushley guides finances and business operations at Granite Point Capital, in addition to participating in its monthly performance estimations and managing its fund services. Outside of his professional pursuits, Scott Bushley is a youth baseball coach who also serves as coordinator for the Cohasset Major League.

The Cohasset Major League is one of the four baseball leagues managed by the Cohasset Youth Baseball & Softball Association, which falls under the Little League umbrella. As the largest youth sports program in the world, Little League boasts millions of registered players and in excess of 1 million adult volunteers in any given year.

In addition to building character, courage, and loyalty among its players, Little League works to ensure the safety of all its players. One of the ways in which it accomplishes this is through its A Safety Awareness Program (ASAP). In its 24th year of existence, ASAP was employed by 94 percent of US Little League programs in 2019. ASAP, sponsored by AIG Insurance and Musco Lighting, has reduced injuries by 80 percent since its implementation. Moreover, leagues that have the program enjoy lower insurance costs.

Braintree’s Hollingsworth Park

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Scott Bushley of Cohasset, Massachusetts, draws upon more than 20 years of investment management experience in his role as the finance and business operations partner at Granite Point Capital in Boston. Beyond his professional endeavors, Scott Bushley serves on the Board of Directors of the Cohasset Youth Baseball & Softball Association (CYBSA).

The CYBSA plays its games at more than a dozen locations throughout Massachusetts, one of which is Hollingsworth Park in Braintree. Often referred to as Hollingsworth Playground, the facility had playground equipment that was installed in the 1980s before it was torn down as a result of safety concerns. However, the Town of Braintree received $145,787 from the state to construct a new playground in 2014.

Regarding baseball, Hollingsworth Park’s Michael F. Dunn Little League Complex has five baseball diamonds, including Christopher Duffy Field, which is designated for tee-ball. The others have dimensions that are suitable for players ranging from 8 to 12 years old. The largest diamond, William G. Brooks Field, has lights and is often used for premier summer travel games. The park also has a snack bar that was constructed by volunteers in 2011.

Little League Baseball Playing Field Dimension Requirements

 

Little League Baseball
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The recipient of an MBA with an emphasis in finance from Boston College’s Carroll Graduate School of Management, Scott Bushley held financial analyst roles with Sunflower Capital Partners and Atlantic Trust before joining BNY Mellon Investment Management in an executive capacity in 2007. Now a partner responsible for finance and business operations at Granite Point Capital, Scott Bushley enjoys coaching youth baseball in his free time.

To ensure competition is even across all levels and age groups, Little League Baseball employs a number of stringent rules and regulations. Playing field dimensions are of particular importance. For the Major division and below, the infield should be a 60-foot square, whereas the distance from home plate to the nearest fence or other obstruction between the two foul poles should be at least 200 feet.

From there, the pitcher’s mound should be 6 inches higher and 46 feet away from the back edge of home plate. There also should be at least 25 feet of open space between the fence and home plate as well as all base lines. Second base is required to be 84 feet and 10 inches in a straight line from home plate, while first base is 60 feet from home down the right side of the base line. Third base, meanwhile, should be measured 60 feet down the left side of the base line from home plate. The distance between first and third, then, should be the same as that from home to second (84 feet and 10 inches).

Three Bucket-List Triathlon Races in the United States

Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon
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A Massachusetts-based business operations and finance executive, Scott Bushley maintains a variety of responsibilities, which include responding to broker requests and pricing Level 2 and Level 3 assets, in his role as a partner with Granite Point Capital. Also an avid runner and cyclist, Scott Bushley has completed more than 25 road races and triathlons.

Triathlons are physically challenging events that comprise swimming, cycling, and running. They present opportunities to explore nature in a way that one might not have done otherwise. Some annual triathlons attract thousands of participants each year. Below are three of the most popular triathlon events in the United States.

1. Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon – This event is so popular that its 2,000 age-group spots are awarded via a lottery system, although prospective participants can earn entry to the race by winning one of 34 spots available in the Escape Triathlon Series. The race itself begins with a swim launched from a ferry and is followed by a bike ride through Golden Gate Park and a beach run featuring the iconic “sand ladder.”

2. Ironman Lake Placid – This New York-based event was created more than 20 years ago and, despite its reputation as a challenging course, has earned numerous Athlete’s Choice Awards, including Best Host City Experience and Best Race Venue Experience.

3. Brewhouse Triathlon – The longest-running triathlon in Minnesota, the Brewhouse Triathlon begins with a swim in the waters of Island Lake Park before routing participants through low-traffic northwoods roads. While the scenic backdrop is enough to entice most athletes, the promise of brewery tasting following the race is an added bonus.

Baseball’s Tag up Rule

Having gained investment analysis experience with Sunflower Capital Partners and Atlantic Trust, among other firms, Scott Bushley now serves as a partner responsible for finance and business operations with Granite Point Capital in Boston. Residing in the nearby community of Cohasset, Scott Bushley is the coordinator for Cohasset Major League and a volunteer baseball coach.

In baseball, the batter doesn’t have to record a hit in order to drive in a run. Runs can be generated via baseball’s tag-up rule that allows players on base to advance, provided they wait until after the ball has been caught. If a player leaves the base once the ball is struck, he or she will have to return to the base before making an attempt to advance to the next base.

For instance, a player on third base can score a run for his or her team by tagging up and advancing on a fly ball if there are less than two outs. In order to improve the chances of crossing home plate safely, the player should return to third base once the ball has been hit and determine, with assistance from the third-base coach, if it was hit deep enough to advance to home plate. Once the ball comes into contact with the outfielder’s glove, the runner should push off third base and sprint home to beat the relay throw.

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