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John Bastian

John Bastian

Robert w baird


Personal Information

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School: University of Illinois champaign

Major: Accounting and finance

Years at College Works: 2008

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Robert w baird

Title: Associate

Industry: Banking

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Mergers and acquisitions

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Getting promoted as the youngest manager at GT.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP gave me the skills to work with a blank sheet of paper and be aggressive when I want something.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

Allowed me to see objections in interviews and have real experience.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

Resilience from failure.


What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Be ready to fail 100 times before succeeding.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Get in early, join relevant clubs

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Selling my first job alongside Tom Ackmann.

Last words of wisdom

Go big.

John Bastian