“The real power of the residency is developing an ‘I’m ready to do it’ attitude. I never said, ‘I don’t know’ or ‘I’ve never done it.’ It was always, ‘I will try,’ and not rejecting something just because it’s new.”
Watch this video featuring Yuliya and her corporate residency at State Street Corporation. “My learning curve was pretty steep, but within two months I was able to perform at the same level with other employees.”
Q:What did you do during your residency? What were your responsibilities?
A:My corporate residency as a part of the Investment Services team included a wide range of responsibilities. The operational oversight for the boutique clients was at the core of my daily workload. I focused primarily on the trade support, cash reconciliation, and responding to complex client inquiries and processing issues. In addition to that, I executed daily NAV review and dissemination and finalized daily fund reports for selected clients. Moreover, I was offered an opportunity to take an active role in several internal consulting projects, which enriched my contribution to the team and took the overall residency experience to a higher level.
Q:What skills did you build in the D’Amore-McKim MBA Finance Concentration that you applied at your residency job?
A:The D’Amore-McKim MBA program is a great place to develop both soft and technical skills. I was able to enrich my international background with a thorough understanding of important concepts in such business areas as marketing, finance, supply chain management and strategy. Moreover, I improved my ability to perform well as a team player, work with limited information and strict deadlines, and communicate effectively across various internal and external teams.
Q:Would you say to a colleague considering enrolling in the D’Amore-McKim MBA Finance Concentration?
A:Enrolling to the MBA program may be one of the most important decisions in a person’s life. It is definitely not an easy path and requires a lot of time and effort, but the pay-off is priceless. The D’Amore-McKim MBA program offers a tremendous number of learning resources as well as networking opportunities to elevate candidates’ careers.
Q:Why did you choose the D’Amore-McKim MBA Finance Concentration?
A:I am both an international student and a career changer. For me, that means that getting U.S.-based experience relevant to my current field of interest is crucial for my future career. Thus, corporate residency was the main differentiator for my final choice. The other reasons include a convenient location in Boston, solid university rankings and reputation, and favorable reviews from students and employers.
Q:Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A:I see myself as a professional with reputable expertise in the financial services field. I also see myself managing a team of like-minded and results-oriented people who provide solutions to complex economic/financial issues.