“If you really want something badly enough, it's just a matter of time until it happens,” said Yang Wang, a senior majoring in finance with a minor in mathematics.

It’s with this outlook that Wang, an international student from China, tackled his job search. He knew he wanted to work in the finance industry, and New York City was his intended destination.

Wanting to take advantage of every available resource and opportunity, Wang twice attended the Career Development Center’s road trip to New York City, "Spiders on Wall Street," and used the VAULT career network, which is accessible through SpiderConnect, the University’s exclusive job and internship database.

“The key is to start early and get all the information you can,” Wang said. “I got to know a lot of professionals and alumni working in the finance industry early on, so I started to prepare and develop a plan using connections I’ve made.”

But even with careful planning and a strong initiative, Wang had to work hard to land his dream job.

Spending his free time learning everything he could about the U.S. economic system and trading world, Wang was able to demonstrate his knowledge and drive when he applied for a trading analyst position working at Citigroup’s New York headquarters. After participating in several CDC recruiting programs, he was offered the position.

“Trading in a bulge bracket investment bank is what I consider to be the best job in the world for a new graduate,” he said. “Citigroup has a rotational program for trading analysts, so I can gain exposure to more than one asset class in the first two or three years.”

Brandt Portugal, ’02, director at Citigroup, first met Wang at the University’s career and internship fair in fall 2007.

“Yang immediately struck me as a student with a compelling story and genuine interest in the sales and trading program at Citi,” Portugal said. “He was willing to put in the homework required to become well-versed in markets, and he understood the recruitment process. Yang was an effective networker — he stayed on the radar without knocking it over. I'm happy that Yang will be joining Citi full-time this summer. He will surely represent Richmond well and contribute positively to our culture and business.”