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Get to Know Us: Owen Chen

Get to know the Director of Operations of 180 Degrees Consulting UCLA!


Owen is a sophomore studying Business Economics with a minor in Film, Television, and Digital Media. He has been a part of 180DC since his freshman year. Owen is currently pursuing investment banking, and he has interned at Arrowroot Advisors last fall. Owen will be joining CEC Capital as an investment banking intern next summer.

Q: Why did you join 180DC and how did you hear about it?


I joined 180DC my freshman fall quarter because I really wanted to learn more about consulting and the industry. In addition, I’ve worked with nonprofits in the past and I wanted to continue that trend going into college. I heard about 180 Degrees Consulting through an email list!


Q: What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned through your time at 180DC?


The most valuable thing I’ve learned during my time at 180 Degrees Consulting is definitely teamwork, and the ability to work cohesively and collaborate to get something done. Because the projects you do at 180DC imitate so vividly the realities of consulting, the environment is kind of the same too — it’s this experience that really sets you apart when you recruit for any professional career.


Q: What do you like to do in your free time?


In my free time I love traveling and making cinematic edits of my trips. I also want to make my own short film by the end of the quarter. I also enjoy swimming, playing video games, and cooking.


Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?


Interesting question — I see myself getting into investment banking for a bit, then maybe moving into venture capital and then starting my own company. I’m not sure yet — but one thing is. I’ll makes the Forbes 30 under 30 list.


Q: What did you do last summer? Do you have any plans for the next summer?


Last summer I worked at a private equity firm based in Century City. It was a very interesting experience, as I never really worked a true professional gig before, so going into the office with a suit, getting there on time everyday, and having your work impact the entire company was something I’ve never experienced and I’m glad I did. As for next summer, I’ll be working at in investment bank in Santa Monica.


Q: What’s your favorite food?


Definitely hot pot. Boiling Point.


Q: What advice would you give to your freshman year self?


You can totally get an investment banking internship (or any sort of local internship for that matter) your freshman year! Don’t be intimidated by anything.

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