My time over here in Ireland has flown by. I really only have about 3 months left, which is absolutely crazy to think about! I have enjoyed every second of it and couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity with an even better organization! This blog is dedicated to what’s next for me as I return to the States.
Upon graduation in May 2018 I was fortunate enough to have already accepted a job offer with The Vanguard Group. I accepted it before I knew I got into the Victory Scholarship program. Initially, I was nervous about telling my recruiter at Vanguard that I wouldn’t be able to start because of the scholarship. I just wasn’t sure how she would react and really didn’t want to burn any bridges.
After I received official word about the Victory Scholarship, I made the call to my recruiter. I knew if I got in that I was definitely going to Ireland. It was a no-brainer; getting the chance to continue my education, basketball career as well as make an impact oversees, who wouldn’t take that? Pleasantly, to my surprise, my recruiter took it extremely well. She told me how exciting the program sounded and said she would see if she could just defer my offer!! I couldn’t believe it, it was the absolute best case scenario. Then, the next day she emailed me with the news that they were deferring my offer until 2019. After reading that email, I was more excited than a kid in a candy store.
The Vanguard Group is an investment management company headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Vanguard currently has over $5 trillion in AUM, which makes it one of the worlds largest investment management companies. My favorite aspect about Vanguard is its sincere and dedicated commitment to its clients. Vanguard’s core purpose is to “take a stand for all investors, to treat them fairly, and to give them the best chance for investment success”.
I feel very fortunate to begin my professional career with such a great company. I will be starting off as an associate in the client services and operations department. I’ll mainly be working with new and existing clients to manage their portfolios, execute trades and provide investment guidance as I study for my Series 7 & 63 exams. It’ll be another way to help people, just in a different capacity than what I’m doing here in Ireland!
In conclusion, I am still going to take full advantage of every last second over here in Ireland. However, it’s nice to be able to glance ahead and be excited about the next chapter in my life!