DECEMBER 6, 2023 — UTSA undergraduate Carly Schneider was one the first data science interns at Victory Capital Management, a diversified global asset management firm headquartered in San Antonio. The operations and supply chain management major was one of 400 applicants selected to complete a 10-week Victory Capital internship in summer 2022 with Victory’s data and analytics team.
Schneider, who learned about the internship through a friend, first had to survive the application process. This included progressive rounds of interviews with the data and analytics team, and eventually with Ian Sale, the company’s chief technology officer.
“I was almost terrified,” she said. “This was going to be my first real job, my first time entering into the workforce.”
As Schneider began interviewing, she says something strange happened. She began to relax and to feel more at ease – almost as though she belonged there. Which she did, says Dan Fleming, analytics translator and data governance lead, who worked closely with the interns, training and mentoring them.
“It was such a natural and organic fit because Carly came in eager to learn, she’s self-driving, and she understood the opportunities. She was very well prepared and professional about it, which is right in line with our culture,” said Fleming.
UTSA Today spoke with Schneider to learn more about her time at UTSA and what lies ahead.
The following story has been edited for length and clarity.
Tell us about the person who was most influential in your educational journey.
CS: Wendy Schneider, my mother, stands out as the most influential figure in both my life and educational journey. Her unwavering commitment to instilling a strong work ethic has been a driving force, propelling me to excel not only in academics but in any pursuit I undertake. Recognizing that no journey should be navigated alone, my mother has provided steadfast encouragement and emotional support throughout my entire academic career. Additionally, she has imparted invaluable communication skills, enabling me to engage effectively with professors and establish a robust professional network.
What is your advice to your fellow Roadrunners?
CS: To my fellow Roadrunners, whether currently navigating the challenges of academic life or alumni reflecting on past experiences, my advice is to consistently go the extra mile. This additional effort is the distinguishing factor that sets individuals apart in a competitive landscape.
Drawing from personal experience, I secured my dream job not solely based on technical prowess but by forging connections through my passion for polo. Demonstrating determination, ambition and a collaborative nature in my personal life seamlessly translated into my professional career.
After being offered my current job, I was told that I stood out because of my soft skills, and that was the best compliment I could’ve received.
What is your next big adventure?
CS: As I approach graduation, my next significant adventure awaits at Victory Capital Management, where I will serve as the product owner for the data and analytics team. The prospect of contributing to this remarkable company, surrounded by supportive colleagues, fills me with excitement. Their recognition of my value, even before I fully comprehended my capabilities, has been both humbling and inspiring.
I am profoundly grateful to have found such an exceptional workplace that aligns with my career aspirations and offers a nurturing environment for personal and professional growth.
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