I was a high school senior when I first heard of Vanguard. A work co-op program was offered to students in my school, and initially, I thought it would be a great opportunity for a part time job, and a first step into corporate America. But without corporate experience, I wasn’t sure what I could offer a company like Vanguard. I started by working with my business school teacher to prepare for the interview – I needed to quickly develop interview skills, use real life experiences and prepare to answer questions using a STAR method, which I wasn’t even familiar with. I never thought I would get hired at a company like Vanguard.
18 years later, I am still here.
During my time at Vanguard, I have held a variety of positions— in our Retail Investor Group, in our Institutional Investor Group, in Sales, and, most recently, in Marketing. To prepare myself for each new role, I kept personal development and business acumen at top of mind. For example, I came to Marketing Technology and Operations to see what services we offered to our clients across all business lines. By assisting leadership and marketing teams with email marketing efforts, I built a repository of contacts who helped me make decisions about where my next career move would be.
Leadership helped me develop a robust personal plan that gave me senior leadership exposure across the enterprise for high touch projects. Through constant 360 degree feedback, I sharpened the skills and competencies needed for the next level and demonstrated my ability to handle more complex deliverables, which led to a promotion.
Through mentoring, onsite training, and hands-on experiences, I have successfully developed priceless skills to help me influence, persuade, and negotiate with internal and external clients across the organization. I have forged lasting bonds with crew that I continue to work with in many different capacities.
I am proof growing up Vanguard works.
I continue to look forward to the future as I work in what is now a global company. Vanguard has stayed loyal and committed to my growth as I have stayed committed and loyal to Vanguard’s mission.
If you’re seeking an environment where you can make a difference and develop professionally, check out our career opportunities at www.vanguardjobs.com.