Just weeks after his graduation, Christopher Szymanski ’10 has accepted a position with Citigroup Inc. at their Buffalo office.
Szymanski will work as a support analyst on a fixed income trading floor for the company. His responsibilities will include trade capture and trade processing of domestic and foreign treasuries, as well as corporate bonds, liens, and other assets. Szymanski will also work with clients and operations to resolve trade related issues.
While at HWS, Szymanski obtained two banking internships with the help of faculty members from the Economics Department and staff at the Office of Career Services.
“If you are willing to go and take advantage of all the services offered to students, it makes a difference,” said Szymanksi, noting that the HWS community has a great network of alum contacts in several financial firms including Citigroup.
Szymanski, who earned bachelor’s degrees in both economics and religious studies, said that his interdisciplinary education will help him on the job. His diverse majors honed his critical thinking skills, and have helped him gain a more holistic approach to problem solving. “Religious studies developed deductive reasoning and critical thought where economics and finance cultured a more analytical development,” he said.
A member of the Hobart football team, Szymanski earned his varsity letter all four years, and through his extracurricular experience, he learned how to effectively manage time, as well as build and maintain relationships. He said the interpersonal skills that he used with his teammates will prove vital when communicating with coworkers and clients.
Szymanski hopes to gain an extensive knowledge of the financial industry while at Citigroup, and wants to continue work in finance for many years to come.