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Mariany Associate, Goldman Sachs University Human Capital Management Division, Jersey City

Graduated: Barnard College; Majored in English
Joined GS: Full-time, 2013
Interests: Boxing; Mentoring

This is a great place to start your career. You never stop learning. 

I work in the Human Capital Management Division in GS University, which focuses on creating and delivering world-class learning and development programs to support the careers of individuals at all levels. I am the program manager for analysts and associates in the Global Investment Research Division. At GS University, our goal is to help maximize the potential of all the employees at the firm by providing tools to help them excel in their jobs.

I graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University in May, 2013 as an English major with a double minor of Psychology and Urban Teaching. I student-taught during my senior year of college full-time, teaching in the morning and going to school at night. Although I loved education and I was passionate about access to higher education, what I loved about being a teacher was building relationships with my students and serving as a mentor and guide for them. This led me to consider human resources as a career choice.

My team of four spends a lot of time with the people in GIR (Global Investment Research) to get to know them and to understand how we can improve our programming. It's been a huge learning curve, but the experience has been made by the people that I have worked with. My team also collaborates with other teams in HCM and we leverage each other's knowledge and resources. It's important to do this as a learning and development organization; it ties everything together. 

GS has a culture of connecting with people. For example, I meet with someone in GIR at least once a week, to hear what’s on their mind, how their business is doing, and to tell them about what our team is working on. We're constantly brainstorming how to best collaborate with one another. It's about keeping in touch with people and making sure you are invested in learning what they are doing.

My advice to college students as they plan their career is it won't hurt you to try anything once. You'll either learn that you love it, or not, but either way you'll learn something. Through internships or volunteer work, you'll meet people with different professional backgrounds—and as you meet more people, you will learn about different areas of expertise and career paths. I didn't know learning and development could be a career for me, especially in the area of finance, but I had lots of conversations and reached out to people who later became mentors.

We plan a seven-week orientation program for new analysts who will be joining the firm in GIR. Analysts come from all over the world for the orientation program in New York. We create their “analyst experience,” as we call it, and plan these orientations in great detail. The goal is to provide a knowledge base to help them succeed once they join full- time, and also to encourage networking and team-building across the firm. My team also hosts programs in Bengaluru, Dubai, London, Salt Lake City and Singapore.

Learning doesn't stop after orientation. GS University provides continuing education courses that build technical and professional skills. For example, how to set goals, how to work with a mentor, how to manage your manager—things that will help you progress in your career in addition to the technical skills required for your role.
 
Outside of work, I enjoy boxing. It's a great stress reliever and a great way to meet people in my community. It's a great form of exercise and I find that working out helps me find balance.

I worked with Harlem Children's Zone for one of my Community TeamWorks projects this year, which was one of the best experiences I've ever had working at the firm. We did a career workshop for students who are in college and talked to them about how to succeed in the workplace and provided some interview tips and preparation. Some of the girls I met have come to the office for a tour and lunch. I still serve as a mentor and a guide for them. 
  
This is a great place to start your career. You never stop learning. You're always being challenged. You gain skills both personally and professionally. When you find people who invest in you—something the firm supports and encourages—you learn things that you would never expect to gain exposure to.