What are the secrets to a successful career?
Some of the more than 100 BU alumni who work for Vanguard offer advice.
Whether you come to work at a company like Vanguard, where teamwork is essential to success, or another company — be the kind of person others love having on their team. Think about what kind of colleague are you to the people you work with every day.
— Martha Geiger King ’85, managing director of Vanguard’s Institutional Investor Group
Keep an open mind. I had a completely open mind in my career at Vanguard, and I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t have that mindset.
— Tom Rampulla ’87,
managing director of Vanguard’s Financial Advisor Services
I was a liberal arts major who fell in love with statistics and analysis, who got a CFP (certified financial planner designation), and who managed a $50 billion book of business. I would have never scripted that career path. I was open to the possibilities, took some risks, and listened to great mentors, advocates and friends along the way. Your ‘thing’ may not be one thing … that’s ok.
— Christine Rogers-Raetsch ’94’, principal of Culture and Inclusion in Vanguard’s Human Resources
Take advantage of the opportunities as they present themselves. Don’t sit on the sidelines. You’ll be rewarded for taking the risk.
— Pete Mahoney ’96, head of Global Fund Accounting and Fund Controller for the Vanguard funds
Take advantage of networking. Keep in contact with your peers and professionals you know. You never know when an opportunity will present itself.
— Kimberly Holler Laudenberger ’98, talent recruiter in Vanguard’s Fund Financial Services
Cherish every relationship and networking opportunity with people you meet. Even at a company as big as Vanguard, there are so many circular relationships.
— Daniel Bauman ’00, project manager in Vanguard’s Corporate Communications
Start at the bottom and be willing to work hard to get to where you want to be. It takes time, and it takes effort.
— Ian Kennedy ’13, fixed income investment support analyst in Vanguard’s Fund Financial Services
You have to go after what you want. Don’t be complacent. There are so many opportunities out there. Be open-minded to it all.
— Ed Artim ’97, manager in Vanguard’s Fund Financial Services
When looking for a job, you should look at the whole picture. You don’t want just a job that might seem like a good fit or more financially lucrative now. You want a place where people respect your opinions and value your talents. Establishing a place for a long-term career is more important than job jumping … chasing what may only be a short term gain for a temporary job.
— Michael Baranowski ’97, fund financial associate in Vanguard’s Fund Financial Services
Start early. Look for internships during your sophomore, junior and senior years. Build connections
and get involved in college as much as possible.
— Ben Hendershott ’15, fund financial associate in Vanguard’s Fund Financial Services