Traveling abroad helps Oakland student realize his own potential

OAKLAND — Many of us dream large about life, jobs and journey. Robert Green resides these desires and extra.

In 2019 Green was a senior at Mt Eden High School, acing his coursework and preparing for school in Minnesota, the place he hoped to get a PhD and finally turn into a professor. What a distinction three years could make in somebody’s life.

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Flash ahead and Green’s again house in Oakland for the summer time, on the point of begin his junior 12 months at Pitzer College in Southern California. He’s additionally began a brand new profession after being recruited for a job.

Students Rising Above scholar Robert Green
Students Rising Above scholar Robert Green


” I’m an affiliate investments at Capital Group,” mentioned Green. “I work on product administration for credit score alternate funds that the present hedge fund is like pushing out. It’s a summer time job, however hopefully on the finish of the month I’ll have a proposal.”

So what’s a historical past main doing in finance? Green says his means of switching profession targets from professor to monetary wiz was the results of some critical soul looking and good humor.

“What am I good at?” Green says he requested himself. “What do I like? And I used to be like, ‘I like cash!”

Financial success was solely a part of the equation for Green. HIs private, cultural and communal expertise additionally was an element.

“I believe somebody from my background of being like a low revenue, like homosexual Black man…rising up in Oakland, like issues occur to me,” defined Green. “I do not affect currents. I do not affect the market. So I believe bringing that perspective, of being an under-represented individual and coming into these areas the place I’ve no enterprise being in that I actually deliver one other perspective. I actually deliver that affect and truly can have a constructive affect in my neighborhood.”

Green’s neighborhood now contains associates he made throughout a semester he spent finding out abroad in Africa. The journey was life altering.

“For the primary time going to Africa I noticed like Black individuals filling totally different personalities, totally different viewpoints, totally different individuals on the political spectrum,” mentioned Green. “It actually like introduced out my true self. Like, I actually discovered myself on that journey.”

Green’s entrepreneur course of was sparked too.

“In Africa, you noticed like Black bankers, you noticed like Black traders, you noticed like Black actual property brokers,” mentioned Green. “So it actually opened my eyes as much as many various profession fields that I did not even know I might presumably do.”

For now Green says his reminiscences of Africa will spur him in direction of success. First cease will likely be his school commencement. Then hopefully full time employment in finance, based mostly in Africa, the nation he is grown to like as his own. Green already has a visit again to Africa booked in December. His purpose will likely be to see associates and do onsite analysis on residence leases and job alternatives.

“It was like the primary time the place I used to be identical to, blackness is vibrant,” mentioned Green of his time in Africa. “Like it taught me that my blackness is exclusive to me, and it is a course of of creating it my own.”


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