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Two Join Bank of America

Ryan Farrell ’15 and Julie-Anne Baghajian ’15 will be heading to New York City following graduation this May to work full time with Bank of America, one of the nation’s leading financial institutions.

The two will commence their employment with Bank of America’s Global Transaction Services team, which provides integrated liquidity, treasury and debt solutions to financial institutions and global corporate clients. They’ll begin their service as Global Transaction Services Analysts, assisting the product management and sales teams, while sharing in responsibilities of relationship planning, gathering information regarding prospects, and updating plans.

Farrell and Baghajian join several other recent graduates, soon-to-be alums and current students working this year in the finance industry, including four who are joining J.P. Morgan, three at Manning & Napier, two at Credit Suisse and one at Deloitte. The recent hires coincide with the Colleges’ emphasis on career preparation and the opportunities available through the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, as well as strong academic offerings and support through the Pre-Business Advising Program.

“I absolutely loved the diverse and inclusive culture at Bank of America, and after my hands-on experience, I am looking forward to taking on more responsibility and growing within the company,” says Baghajian, who interned with the company last summer.

An economics major with a minor in international relations, Baghajian has competed in the Colleges’ IdeaLab, an entrepreneurial-focused idea accelerator program facilitated by the Centennial Center for Leadership. She also serves as the manager for the HWS Global Perspectives theme house.

Farrell, who participated in the Colleges’ career-focused Finance Experience trip in New York City in 2014, is a dual major in economics and environmental studies. Following his involvement in the finance trip, he landed an internship with Bank of America last year.

“Bank of America encourages all employees, and even interns, to generate and contribute new ideas,” Farrell says. “This allows young employees and even interns to easily approach and learn from senior workers about their experiences. Bank of America may be a large company, but it has a close-knit feel to it.”

Both Farrell and Baghajian credit the Salisbury Center and the opportunities afforded through the vast network of HWS alums for helping to bridge connections.

“The Finance Experience helped me make many connections with alums at a number of firms in New York City, one of which being Bank of America,” Farrell says. “HWS alums always want to help out current students and recent graduates, and this is one of the strongest aspects of the Colleges.”

At HWS, Farrell is also a member of the Hobart varsity soccer team. In harnessing motivation, he says he often reflects on the aphorism, “You have to be comfortable, being uncomfortable.”

Whether he’s staying focused in practice, working through a challenging paper or pitching a new idea, Farrell says: “I have taken this saying to heart and really tried to live by it.”