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July 13, 2020

Graduating and joining Wells Fargo amid a pandemic

After having their senior years and post-graduate studies abruptly shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, new Wells Fargo hires from the class of 2020 share their stories as they start their professional careers.

Class of 2020 graduates joining Wells Fargo this summer are excited to start their professional careers and bring some normalcy back into their lives after having their senior years and post-graduate studies abruptly shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic. All will begin working remotely before joining their respective teams when Wells Fargo’s offices are ready to reopen.

“We’re entering into this market which is very tough, and a lot has happened in a short of amount of time,” said Arun Polala, an incoming quantitative analytics specialist. “I’m really impressed by how regularly Wells Fargo is keeping us updated — the company’s continued support of its employees and communities during these unprecedented times is clearly visible.”

Polala, a doctoral candidate at Florida State University, has been living with his brother in Nashville, Tennessee, since the pandemic hit. He had to postpone his research and adjust to teaching undergraduate calculus virtually — a “challenging” experience he says makes him appreciate the work Wells Fargo has been doing to make the transition for his class smooth.

Meet several of the new hires as they share their thoughts on starting careers in this unique environment. 

 Yazmi Miah - Investment banking analyst; Wells Fargo Securities Mergers & Acquisitions; New York. Baruch College; Bachelor's degree in finance and investments

“I’ve been with Wells Fargo as an intern for the past two summers, and I’ve gotten so much exposure to the different sides of the firm. What I really enjoyed was that communicating with senior level leadership wasn’t intimidating. They really took me under their wings.

“Starting off working remotely will be a little different, but I’m excited to finally get back into a routine and get back to learning. With COVID-19, the markets have been changing, and it will be really interesting to hear the perspective of my coworkers and see how this impacts the role.”

 Photos of Nick Ash in graduation cap and gown. Text: Nick Ash -Analyst, Wealth & Investment Management, Operations Transformation; St. Louis. Ball State University, bachelor’s degree in economics, double minor in marketing and computer science.

“I first met team members from Wells Fargo at a networking event, and they encouraged me to apply for one of their Early Talent Programs. The Securities Forum really opened my eyes to financial services and banking, and the Junior Leaders Conference led to an internship in Minneapolis that was phenomenal. I was able to see best practices for financial advisors and learn about where the financial services industry is headed.

“I had such a great experience with the culture at Wells Fargo. I was able to contribute my skills, and they invested in me as an individual. A random tidbit: I got my offer from Wells Fargo on my birthday last December, and that was the icing on top of the cake!”

 Photo of Savannah Minnick in graduation cap and gown. Text: Savannah Minnick. Consumer loan underwriter; Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa State University, bachelor’s degree in business marketing; minor in women’s and gender studies.

“I really liked how Wells Fargo was interested in my combination of major and minor, and how it would be beneficial to them. I have the business and analytical data side, but my women’s and gender studies minor just gives me a different lens to see things through. I’m always trying to put myself in the shoes of other people. I think empathy is really important in the business world, but not necessarily talked about in business class.

“I’m from St. Paul, Minnesota, and I’m a first-generation college student. I grew up with a single mom, and she is just so happy about graduation and my job at Wells Fargo. It was never my plan to stay in Iowa — it was to go back to the Twin Cities — but this has been a blessing in disguise. Des Moines is a really great place for young professionals to start their careers.”

 Photos of Prajwal Vijendra in a cap and gown and with his dog. Text: Prajwal Vijendra. Quantitative analytics specialist, Data Management & Insights; San Francisco. Duke University, master’s degree in interdisciplinary data science.

“I was lucky to get an offer before COVID-19 hit, just before spring break. Wells Fargo has been really clear communicating about the hiring process and what to expect. That was a really nice thing, especially for an international student like me, during these times when you’re not sure how things are going to turn out. 

“I’m really interested in the work the natural language processing team is doing to build chat bots, and how data science is being used to help identify sensitive information in emails and prevent fraud. These are areas where data science can be tremendously useful and an example of using the latest technology to help customers.”

 Marni Ransenberg in graduation cap and gown. Text: Marni Ransenberg. Financial analyst, Equipment Finance; Charlotte, North Carolina. Indiana University, bachelor’s degree in management and operations management; minor in international business.

“As an intern at Wells Fargo, I could go up to anyone in the office and ask them a question and they would be completely receptive. They took a personal interest in helping me, and looking at financial statements one-on-one with an underwriter just made things make so much more sense than an accounting class at school.

“I really loved operations, and equipment finance covers everything a company needs to conduct their daily physical operations. You’re learning about credit and how to analyze a company and what their needs are, from updating their software system or buying new racks for their warehouse. It’s going to be really interesting to see what businesses are doing in light of the pandemic and the changes that will need to be made.”

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We’re taking action every day to support our employees, customers, and communities during this challenging time. Read about the actions we are taking, what our strategists are saying about market volatility, how to conduct banking from the safety of your home, and more. Explore the series >

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