Abhay Verma '13
Post-MBA Position: Goldman Sachs
I wanted to move into finance. I knew that in order to do make the switch I needed not just a new skill set; I needed a whole new way of approaching problems.
Before Yale SOM I was an engineer, part of a group that designed Navy battleships. But I wanted to move into finance, particularly wealth management. I was always very analytical—for me solutions were black and white. I knew that in order to do make the switch I needed not just a new skill set; I needed a whole new way of approaching problems.
I hadn’t taken a single finance course prior to SOM, so I really immersed myself in classes the first year, learning the fundamentals and principles that are used in the real world. My classmates—many of whom had previous Wall Street experience—were really helpful in this. And Yale has this world-class faculty, who not only teach in class, but they’re always open to working with you outside class.
I started my job search almost immediately. I went to the CDO and asked them what I needed to do to become a really strong candidate. They put me to work and also put me in touch with alumni in the field. Everyone I contacted was extremely helpful. They took the time to give me crucial advice I wouldn’t have known otherwise. When I actually got an interview I felt really prepared because of the whole process. And I got a really great internship that led to an offer.
Interviewed on April 10, 2013.