INTERVIEW – STANDOUT GRAD OF THE MONTH: DAN HOMONCIK

Each month we interview inspiring individuals who epitomize what it’s meant to be a “Standout Grad”. Congratulations to March’s Standout Grad of the month:

Dan Homoncik
School: University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Program: Honours Bachelor of Commerce
Graduation Year: 2010

1. What is your current occupation?
Trading & Research Associate at Barometer Capital Management Inc.

2. What is the best part about what you do?
The hybrid role I have is very dynamic. As a result, I am never bored! I get to be involved in the entire asset management process from creation to execution. Therefore, I work with analysts, portfolio managers, and other traders on a regular basis.

3. What is the most important trait for a recent graduate entering your field to have?
Self-discipline is most important as there is never a guarantee that a job will come quickly after graduation. When the job does arrive, it will make the difference in leaving a positive impression to superiors.

4. What was the biggest challenge in your career since graduating? How did you overcome it?
Since the 2008 stock market crash and resulting recession, job vacancies became scarce and there has been plenty of competition as a result of a growing candidate pool of recent graduates and those who were left unemployed. Many of the jobs offered have been on contract, which are never guaranteed beyond their conclusion. In difficult economic times, periods of unemployment can last longer than expected and it can be frustrating. I was able to overcome this challenge by staying disciplined and never losing focus of my goals. I continued to use my network to my advantage and it has helped me throughout.

5. What is your proudest achievement since graduation?
Early in my career I was on a team that was responsible for creating a new stock exchange in Canada, known as Alpha Exchange. I was responsible for supplying critical materials that contributed to the successful recognition of this new exchange by all of the securities commissions in Canada.

6. What do you want to be most known for? What do you want to achieve next?
I do not yet have a conclusion to a story that is still being written. There is always something new that can be learned. For me, the next achievement will be completing my requirements to become a CFA charter holder. Doing so will broaden my scope and allow me to do even more in the business and find my niche.

7. What advice would you give to recent graduates who aspire to become successful in their career?
Never lose focus of your goals and always find ways to motivate yourself. Always be respectful of peers and superiors as any appearance of entitlement is never a better option than old-fashioned hard work. Lastly, never underestimate the power of a broad network of people. Meeting new people and keeping in contact with them can be highly beneficial to career progression.

8. Just for fun: if you were an animal, what animal would you be?
A Bull

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Do you want to network with Dan? Connect with him via his LinkedIn or Barometer Capital profile below:
Dan’s LinkedIn Page: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dan-homoncik/24/99/a40
Dan’s Work Profile Page: http://barometercapital.ca/Team-Portfolio-Management.aspx?Id=Team