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Stephanie Dela Cruz is currently working at COL Financial Group, Inc. as an Equities Dealer under COL’s Institutional Business Group (IBG). IBG handles the equity and brokerage requirements of leading financial institutions in the Philippines, both from the government and the private sector.

According to Stephanie, her main task as an Equities Dealer is to execute orders based on the client’s requirements. She is also tasked with writing market-related reports for their team’s sales.

Stephanie was an intern at Valens under the Research team in 2017. She monitored the top stock movers in the US market and tracked news regarding what may have driven price actions. She worked on adjusting financial statements based on UAFRS and wrote industrial sector reports as her final requirement. She appreciated how Valens gave her tasks that helped her prepare for her work right now.

Fresh out of college, Stephanie had initially found it challenging to adjust to her current field given that most of the people she works with are already experts in the industry. In time, she realized that being young in this business should not be a hurdle but as motivation to keep learning.

Stephanie believes that having self-trust, proper mindset, and eagerness to learn, together with working hard can help everyone thrive in their chosen career path.

Outside of work, she spends most of her time on her hobbies such as singing and playing instruments. She even makes song covers on Soundcloud and has been doing so for the past 7 years. One of her goals this year is to take this hobby of hers to the next level by making it her second career. Recently, she started working on establishing her music brand called StephDC Music and is very hopeful for its success once it gets launched.

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