“Everyone on-site was so welcoming”
When Alex Regan walked through the doors of FDM’s New York City Academy in October 2016, he didn’t know what would be in store for him. It’s an apprehensive feeling most people have when they’re starting a new job, but there’s a certain level of excitement to it as well when you’ve signed up to be geographically flexible. Alex knew his client placement could take him anywhere in the country, so when the opportunity to go on site with a major bank in Minneapolis came to him, he jumped at it.
“I’m from Buffalo, NY so the idea that I might be cold didn’t scare me,” Alex told me on a phone call last month. “I’ve realized the difference between Buffalo and Minnesota is that Buffalo has more snow, but Minnesota is colder.”
“The Walter Art Museum is kind of… quirky”
“I don’t want to call it hip because that will make it not hip,” Alex laughed as he told me about some of the things he likes doing in his new home. Minneapolis has become quite the trendy city and in the 2000’s was crowned the landing spot of many recent graduates looking to start their careers. “Minnesota is also huge into micro-brews,” he continued. “There’s lots of state pride. (At the state fair) you can walk around and do beer tasting, see all the animals and then listen to the bands play.”
The Twin Cities are home to sports franchises in each of the four major leagues (NFL: Vikings; NHL: Wild; MLB: Twins; NBA: Timberwolves). Alex admits that he hasn’t had the chance to see any of the teams play yet, but is eager to go to a game. “I haven’t gotten to see too many sports yet but there’s a lot of good theaters. I’m right near Orchestra Hall!”
While the leisure activities have helped build the city’s appeal, 20-somethings starting their careers gravitate towards Minneapolis since it’s become a major hub to a lot of banks. “You can’t walk to any corner without hitting another bank,” Alex said.
“What FDM Group did really helped set me up”
Transitioning from New York City to Minneapolis was made easy, thanks in large part to FDM’s support along the way. “FDM was really generous to cover all of the shipping costs to send my stuff out here,” he said.
Additionally, the training Alex received during his time in the New York City Academy is what really made the move comfortable. He walked into his new role with the confidence that he didn’t have before. “In a meeting recently someone threw out some UNIX code and my manager asked me if I could work with them and I was like ‘yeah, I just took UNIX.’”
“It’s a great opportunity”
Alex told me at the end of our conversation that he’s thankful for the chance he was given to take a placement in Minnesota, and that he thinks more people should take advantage of the opportunity. He also had some advice for people who are getting ready to start a placement in a new city.
“Transportation can be very confusing,” he advised. “Keep transportation in mind when you’re finding an apartment.” But as far as Minneapolis goes, “The skyway (a climate-controlled series of bridges connecting the second floors of dozens of buildings in the city) is a really amazing system, so once you learn it getting around the city is a breeze.”
If you’re interested in joining FDM’s Academy to kick-start your career, apply today!