Kevin Thorson ’10, Investment Banking Analyst

Riding the Wave. How to handle a fast-paced, high-powered new job.

What’s your work environment like?

“It’s fast-paced, with a slew of deadlines. We work in small teams, advising a ton of different clients, from surfboard manufacturers to national restaurant chains.”

Was that a tough transition from Bates?

“I’d interned at Piper Jaffray the summer before my senior year, so I knew what I was getting into. And Bates gave me the tangible tools I needed to make my way in the field—an understanding of corporate finance, experience with analysis and communication and collaboration. But the most valuable tool I got at Bates is a little more abstract.”

How would you describe it?

“It’s the training, the practice you get in thinking big. The details matter, but you need to be able to step back and set a problem or a question into a broader context. In my first months on the job, there were so many times when I could have gotten lost in minutiae, overwhelmed with details. But I knew how to take a different approach.”

Kevin Thorson ’10 is an investment banking analyst at Piper Jaffray & Co. in San Francisco. At Bates he double-majored in economics and Spanish; he wrote one senior thesis about debt structure for nonprofits and one about Argentinian cowboys.

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