Eduardo Arango Vélez
In today’s challenging economy, finding a job in the United States can be tricky for MBA students from other countries.
But Eduardo Arango Velez, who hails from Colombia, faced no such difficulties. By the time he graduated from the Carroll School in May 2014 with a joint MBA/MSF, he’d already accepted a position as an associate in derivatives sales and structuring at the New York branch of Banco Santander.
Arango worked as an FX & interest rate trader for Banco Santander in Hong Kong for two and a half years before coming to Boston College. That connection helped him land a summer graduate internship with the company, which led directly to a full-time job offer.
But Arango, who had plenty of other job leads in addition to the Santander offer, says his experience at the Carroll School was an important factor in his job-hunting success.
“To start with, my dual degree gave me a good competitive advantage,” Arango says. “Students at other schools can specialize in finance as part of an MBA program, but Boston College is unique in giving students the ability to earn two degrees in two years. Employers value the dual degree, and it gives you not only flexibility but also more specialized and technical knowledge to apply.”
Arango says the Carroll School also makes it easy for students to connect with business leaders and potential employers.
“Classes are small, so you can develop strong relationships with your professors. That puts them in a position where they can really help you with contacts, internships, and jobs,” he notes.
“Also, the Manager’s Studio brings a lot of high-level executives to Boston College. When William Glavin, the Chairman and CEO of Oppenheimer Funds, came to campus, for example, I reached out to him after his talk. He gave me his card, and later he helped me to organize a full day of visits in his company, where I met his team of portfolio managers and the head of trading.”
Arango made additional connections through the School’s strong alumni network and through Wall Street Trek, a field-study venture that takes students to New York to meet with business executives. He also points to the Career Strategies office as a valuable tool for job seekers.
“The Career Strategies office can help you build up your resume and cover letter, prepare interviews, and develop connections to people in industry,” he points out. “They have all the tools, and are always happy to help—you just need to reach out and use them.”
Arango says his experience at the Carroll School helped him gain important skills that will help him in his new job and throughout his career.
“The MBA classes strengthened my managerial skills, while the MSF program and the internship at Santander helped me learn to structure deals and present to clients,” he says. “I developed a good mix of people and managerial skills, as well as hard-core finance quant skills—and confidence.”