Students have heard it over and over: One of the best things you can do is to embark on an internship while you’re still in college.
But Andrew Galewski (’99, financial services) is proof that this sage advice has its merits. “I began an internship with Merrill Lynch during my junior year,” said Galewski. “After graduating from SDSU, they hired me and I became a financial advisor.”
Financial Advisor and Entrepreneur
Galewski is still a financial advisor, but he now runs his own shop, RG Wealth Partners, with Chris Radici (’96, finance) another SDSU finance alumnus. Their firm is under the UBS Financial Services umbrella where Galewski holds the title of senior vice president – wealth management/wealth advisor. “We’re both employees of UBS, licensed and registered through the company,” he explained. “But we control and maintain our client relationships, dictate the direction of our practice and how we interact with our clients.”
Impact of SDSU Education
Before his successful career in the financial services sector, San Diego-native Galewski - like so many high school seniors - wasn’t quite sure where he wanted to go to college, but said he chose SDSU because of the outstanding reputation of its College of Business Administration.
“I was fortunate to learn about and pursue financial services as my major because it fit so well with my career goals,” remembered Galewski. “Dr. Tom Warschauer was a major influence during my college years and was a great asset for helping me to earn my Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation shortly after I graduated. I also recall Professor John Bost as an excellent instructor who found a way to make estate planning fun.”
Upon graduation from SDSU, Galewski and Radici worked for several firms before eventually founding RG Wealth Partners in 2009. And while he finds his “job as a financial advisor extremely rewarding” Galewski got involved with community service and became especially active in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) when his daughter, Marin, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2006 at the age of six. He will begin his term as president of the organization’s local board of directors in June 2016.
Get ‘Real Life’ Work Experience
While he’s busy with JDRF and advising his clients, Galewski was not too busy to offer this advice to SDSU financial planning students and prospective interns: “Try to get some ‘real life’ work experience in the field. My internship allowed me to see how my educational experience would affect clients, plus, it sharpened my focus, helped my grades and helped me make a more positive impact when interacting with clients.”