Wish I Knew . . .

#33 David Loan - Strategy Manager @ KPMG / Impeccable Mandarin Speaker / Going Global / Where Push MEETS Pull

December 14, 2021 Gary Nowak Season 1 Episode 33
Wish I Knew . . .
#33 David Loan - Strategy Manager @ KPMG / Impeccable Mandarin Speaker / Going Global / Where Push MEETS Pull
Show Notes

Career Overview

  • David went to Hamilton College in NY and Johns Hopkins to get his masters in International finance in Nanjing China
  • Currently a Manager with KPMG in Corporate strategy in the US that started originally in Shanghai China
  • Prior to KPMG he worked for the Economist Intelligence unit, Standard and Poors and Bellwether Innovation thinking
  • Board Treasurer for the Pulaski Institution

 Highlights

  • Career has been a total random walk, falling In love with languages
  • Loved the culture and background on learning languages
  • 9 Month dedicated language program in Beijing 
  • Being ill prepared for internships upon return to the US
  • Really not planning ahead in College for internship or getting experience
  • Relationships
     
    • The power of building and keeping in touch with people
    • Figuring out interesting ways to connect with people, it's not always about drinking and sports 
    • Look for authentic touch points throughout your career 
    • Building up social capital - People want to help each other out
  • Graduate, pack your bags and move to china
  • Use college to expand your horizons, take offbeat courses to be more well rounded
  • Supportive parents on the international career
  • Being a type A personality without an effective plan
  • Salary negotiations in china is pretty much take it or leave it
     
    • Best decision of his life 
    • How salary at a young age isn't the biggest component to decision making 
    • Making decisions with student debt looming over you
  • Some of my advice stuck "Life is a Pull"
  • Find where push meets pull
  • Nothing you do in your life is a waste of time
  • What David is proud of in his life and career, impressive stuff