Dan August ’07 has worked for the past five years as a financial planner and analyst for the National Football League. He previously worked as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley. At Dartmouth, August pursued a major in Economics and volunteered for DREAM. He is currently working toward his Masters in Business Administration at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.
What is your position?
Financial planner and analyst for the National Football League
Please provide a two sentence description of what you do:
Manage financial processes for NFL businesses including budgeting, forecasting and business planning. I also assist with analysis for key strategic NFL initiatives.
What is most satisfying about your current work?
Working for a company that I am a fan of and that millions of others take an interest in.
What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?
Develop a strong skill set externally and keep an eye on the NFL career center. Depending upon what area we are hiring for, experience in sports is not necessarily a prerequisite.
What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?
Do not simply try to get your foot in the door, but rather look for positions that are good fits for your skill set. The NFL has a rotational program for students right out of college, but otherwise we generally hire people in specific fields or with sports backgrounds. Network with people in the field, ask smart questions, and check career centers if you are very interested.
How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?
Dartmouth gave me the opportunity to get a great first job out of college (investment banking), which gave me the skills to join the NFL. Dartmouth’s career center also helped me learn to be a better interviewee and make sure my resume was focusing on my strongest aspects.