Thank you, Siegfried: Alumni Reflections
As a child, Indrit Dimnaku imagined that he would work for his family’s small business. “I couldn’t see myself outside of the small town that I grew up in,” he said. “It made sense that I would work for my parents’ business.”
Since then, Indrit has changed his view on where he’ll be. “My mom always told me to see myself for who I am, not how others see me,” he said. “People will see what they want to see, but you know yourself the best. That really opened my eyes.”
Now, he serves as a Vice President at Morgan Stanley, where he oversees the team responsible for accounting and reporting hedge accounting activities. But before this, Indrit spent some of his most formative professional years at Siegfried.
A few years before he started at Siegfried, Indrit worked for KPMG in Pittsburgh, his first job in the United States after finishing grad school. Prior to this, he also spent some time at Deloitte. “At that point, the majority of my experience was in banking and I wanted to be in a role that would help me round out my experience and where I would feel challenged,” he said. “At Siegfried, as we all know, you’re working with a lot of different clients in a lot of different areas – you’re not a 9 - 5 paper pusher anymore.”
For Indrit, a career at Siegfried was an important part of his success — both in his current role and his future in general. “During the years I was at the Firm, I was building a collection of experiences that would ultimately influence my ability to get ahead. It took time, but each individualized experience was an important part of the collection.”
When asked to choose three words to describe his experience at Siegfried, Indrit thought deeply before selecting: Learning, Flexibility, and Reflection. The first two are something everyone looks for in a career, but the reflection was something he hadn’t really anticipated.
“I got a clear picture of my strengths and weaknesses, of the ways I could improve, and how I could better myself and those around me to find success,” he said. “But, most importantly, I began to ask more questions. I questioned what I knew and what I didn’t. I questioned what I should know and what was important. I questioned just about everything and in the end, I was empowered.”