This month we catch up with William Ichioka, a 2011 St. John’s graduate who went on to complete his undergraduate degree in business administration at the University of San Francisco and became a successful private investor, financial advisor, and a young multimillionaire at the age of 23.
Can you tell us about the career path you chose after college?
I took a year off after graduating college to spend some time with family and really figure out what I wanted to do. I ultimately decided to go with finance since that was already my passion (investing) and they merged together perfectly. I’m doing what I love. And now I’m also able to advise others and help them reach their own financial goals.
Outside of work, what other activities/organizations are you involved in?
I love working out and doing mixed martial arts. Staying in good shape has always been essential for me and training allows me to manage my stress.
What do you enjoy most about your current career position?
Changing peoples’ lives and helping them achieve their financial goals.
How did you become interested in your field of study or work?
I became interested in my field of work through my own passion of investing which started with just talking amongst a few friends. The idea of making educated decisions to make amounts of money that couldn’t be attained from a regular job intrigued me.
How has attending St. John’s prepared you for success in college and in the workplace?
St. John’s helped me prepare for college because it raised my standard of education from an early age. The high level and rigorous workload became almost second nature and there were no surprises when I got to college. And of course having an extremely warm and close nit group of teachers that really care and motivated me every step of the way.
Do you still keep in touch with your St. John’s School friends?
Yes I still keep in very close touch with my SJS friends. In fact a few of us are getting ready to meet in Italy next month.
What experiences from St. John’s are the most memorable? Do you have a favorite teacher, mentor or counselor?
The best experience from SJS for me would just be growing up together with everyone. All the teachers were absolutely amazing and I know for a fact I would not be where I am today without them because they provided me with an extremely solid foundation. My honorable mentions would be Reffel, Yao, Pearson, Kelly, Chu, and of course Mrs. Petra 🙂
What would you say to a prospective family who is considering St. John’s School?
I definitely would recommend sending your child to SJS. The level of education and care from teachers is incomparable. (Great student to teacher ration)
Anything else you would like to add?
I really enjoyed my time at SJS and it will always be an important chapter of my life.
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