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Goulart ’20 Lands BNP Paribas Position

After graduation, Mike Goulart ’20 has secured a position at BNP Paribas working with Loan Capital Markets on the firm’s High Grade Finance team. A French international banking group, BNP Paribas is one of the world’s largest banks by total assets, and currently operates in 77 countries.

During coursework in international relations and economics, Goulart was drawn to the financial services field since learning about the role that the industry plays in the global economy. Last summer, he was encouraged to apply for an internship at BNP Paribas by former co-teaching fellow in the HWS Economics Department Olivia Cargian ’18, who serves as an investment banking analyst at the firm.

As a summer intern, Goulart assisted analysts in modeling and compiling a company’s financial as well as credit and broker reports. “The Loan Capital Markets team looks to provide funding in acquisitions in the form of a revolving credit facility, term loans or a bridge to bonds,” Goulart says.

Goulart worked long hours and spent a lot of time “looking for any area in which I could add value,” he says. “I learned to manage time effectively to look at projects in different ways to develop a strong understanding of what is expected and how to approach a problem.”

He says the effort paid off when he was offered a full-time position with the firm after graduation.

Goulart encourages fellow students to be confident in their abilities and to integrate themselves within the Colleges’ vast alumni and alumnae networks. “Reaching out to alums and asking them for advice is crucial to narrowing down what you want to do and getting your name out there,” says, Goulart, who is also grateful for receiving advice from Alison Ware ’16, an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan Chase, and HWS Board Vice Chair Craig Stine ’81, P’17, executive vice chairman of the Global Financial Institutions Group at Credit Suisse Securities.

A midfielder on the Hobart soccer team, he participated in the Colleges’ study abroad program to Stockholm, Sweden.

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