Matt Hoisl, a Junior at Providence College, is following in his father’s footsteps: he too plans to enter the public accounting field, and he too is passionate about saving money. Given Matt’s interest in financial services in general, and empowering people in particular, the Financial Coaching Fellowship seemed like a perfect fit (it didn’t hurt that a friend of his had served as a Fellow and highly recommended it.) That said, he had always been a numbers guy—more comfortable with data and spreadsheets than with people—so when he entered the Fellow training program he focused especially hard on the soft skills: interacting with clients, helping them set goals, being empathic, and leveraging the power of motivational interviewing techniques.
The Fellowship has helped Matt see how, in the future, he can meld his need to earn a living with his desire to serve others. “I’ve always been interested in finances, especially accounting, but until the Fellowship I hadn’t realized how transformative financial services can be for low-income families,” says Matt. “This experience has built my confidence in my interpersonal skills, given me a deeper understanding of the American financial system, enabled me to serve others and opened my eyes to potential career paths after college.”