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Flaring Broadly and Rising Narrowly

Janet McCormick reflects on ‘multiple career’ path at Fidelity

Janet Kim McCormick CFA
VP, Global Asset Allocation, Fidelity Investments

Vanderbilt MBA 1988

To hear Janet McCormick tell it, she has had multiple careers. Yet at least three of them were with the same company.

When she left Vanderbilt in 1988, she explains, “I didn't have a clear career trajectory. But I always knew I liked doing research and was good in analysis and was interested in various topics.”

After a year at a Fortune 200 manufacturing company, where she served as a commercial analyst, Janet jumped into the financial services field as a marketing research analyst with Fidelity Investments. She’s been with the company ever since, though her roles have evolved from her initial position to research strategies, team leader for US equity investments, portfolio manager, and, in 2016, to her current position as vice president of research and development for Fidelity’s Global Asset Allocation.

“Initially,” says the Massachusetts native, “my career was about finding what I wanted to do — flaring broadly — and then it was about moving up in my area of expertise, building up narrowly. Now, I am trying to start another career — another mini-flare at a different level [in my organization].

In her current position, Janet — a chemistry major as an undergraduate at Berkeley — leads research projects to design and develop investment solutions that help Fidelity clients reach their goals. “I am now at a point in my career where my knowledge and relationship base is deep and wide, and I can leverage that effectively to work on cross-company initiatives as the investment subject matter expert.”

And now that she has reached a high level in her career, Janet also has been developing some new goals for the future that appear to be more about flaring broadly. “I envision myself being more connected with a wider community outside of just my company or the industry,” says Janet, who enjoys a good book and playing with her dogs in her spare time. “I plan to do more to help those who are marginalized by a lack of resources, and I plan to get more involved in mentoring young women. I want to be involved in innovating for a better life."

“I am now at a point in my career where my knowledge and relationship base is deep and wide, and I can leverage that effectively to work on cross-company initiatives.”