Landing a job with one the world’s leading financial companies is no easy feat. Joseph Gibbons ’14 of Lindenhurst, N.Y., who was hired by Bloomberg, managed to do so during his senior year while helping to lead Hobart basketball to a championship season, taking upper level economics courses and maintaining grades high enough to be inducted to two honors societies.
An economics major, Gibbons was hired by Bloomberg to work in the financial sales and analytics program at the firm’s New York City headquarters. In August, he began extensive training in four sectors: commodities, equities, fixed income and foreign exchange. After becoming a specialist in one of Bloomberg’s four sectors, he will be able to move into sales, account management or new business development.
“I was ecstatic and also relieved when I received the offer,” Gibbons says. “I knew that I could enjoy the rest of my senior year without worrying about what’s next after college. Words cannot describe how excited and thankful I was for the opportunity to work at a company like Bloomberg.”
Gibbons, who was the co-captain of the basketball team, Liberty League defensive player of the year and winner of the Coach Bill Maxwell Memorial Award, used all of the resources available to him at HWS to help land the position. He not only worked with the HWS Salisbury Center for Career, Professional, and Experiential Education, but he also reached out to alums who work for Bloomberg.
“He’s working for one of the best financial companies in the world, and in order to get that opportunity he had to do a lot of the right things,” says Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admissions Bob Murphy HON’06. “Starting two years ago when he went to Career Services, he got himself prepared through resumes and cover letters and learned all the important tools, and then worked on interviewing skills and got a good internship his junior year.”
Although Gibbons’ hard work in applying for the position played a major factor in leading to his employment, it was the culmination of all the skills and experiences garnered throughout his time at HWS that ultimately prepared him to enter the business world.
Gibbons says the liberal arts education helped to expand and diversify his knowledge on a wide array of subjects. His economics courses in particular, he says, allowed him to “gain essential insight to the financial services industry.”
Gibbons also added firsthand experience in the financial industry to his resume with his internship at G2 Investments, an independently, privately owned financial services firm, the summer between his junior and senior years. Gibbons worked alongside Hobart alum and G2 CEO Todd Morley ’83, which he says enhanced his exposure to the financial and capital markets, as well as to the discipline and hard work that goes with working in that industry.
He credits his time on the Hobart basketball team with preparing him for the job as well.
“Playing on the Hobart basketball team and serving as team captain in my senior year helped to build leadership skills, as well as teamwork, competition, and reacting to failure,” Gibbons says.
Gibbons joined the team after transferring to HWS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for his sophomore year. He has earned top honors for his outstanding performance each year, including Liberty League Defensive Player of the year in both his senior and sophomore seasons, All Liberty League first team and Liberty League all-academic, among many other awards.
“Joe is a bright, hard-working, highly accountable young man who was a tremendous teammate,” says Mike Neer, former head coach of Statesmen basketball, who retired this summer. “I have no doubt that he will contribute as much to Bloomberg as he did to our teams.”