With his own investment portfolio already seeing a sizable return, Gyuri Dragomir ’17 brought his interest in investments “across the pond” this summer as an intern for the Royal Bank of Scotland in London, England. Interning in the risk management sector, Dragomir saw the internship as an opportunity not just to refine his investing strengths, but also to augment what he calls his weakest skills when it comes to managing risk.
“I wanted to hone in on my weakest skill as an investor, and I realized that was the ability to manage risk in my investment portfolio,” says the media and society major. “The internship has been an eye-opening experience and has given me useful skills that I can apply to my passion in investments.”
The first one in and the last one out of the office every day, Dragomir says he maintains a rigorous daily schedule that’s emailed to him each morning. Before he even receives his daily tasks, Dragomir says he spends time each morning reviewing the information that he learned from previous projects. Each day, he works on projects while also shadowing various employees to learn what their jobs entail.
The insight and advice that he has received has helped him gain a more comprehensive understanding of what it will take to pursue his career plans of becoming a trader.
“My favorite part of the internship, aside from the skills that I am learning is honestly the networking part,” Dragomir says. “I love to learn about what people do and the steps they took to become successful.”
At the Colleges, Dragomir also finds the network of alums willing to offer internship and job-shadow opportunities equally as beneficial as the networking he’s done this summer.
“One of my favorite things that HWS provides are the connections to strong and successful alums,” he says. “Giving back to the community is built into HWS’ culture, and I believe that is the reason why our alums are so successful.”
He also credits the Colleges with preparing him “immensely” for his internship by enhancing his professional development. A firm believer that there is “no better skill” than presenting yourself in a professional manner and having the ability to communicate effectively with business leaders, Dragomir says that the “Personal Empowerment” and the “Financial Literacy” Readers College courses, as well as the assistance he received from the staff at the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional, and Experiential Education, were all instrumental in preparing him for the workplace.
In particular, the weekly speakers in his “Financial Literacy” course exposed him to a range of fields within the financial industry while also teaching him about the financial markets.
On campus, Dragomir is involved with the Investments Club and Sigma Chi. As an international student from Budapest, Hungary, he is also a member of the International Students Association; an international Orientation leader; and a Career Services Ambassador, helping first-year students become familiar with Career Services and reaching out to alums.