Eugenia Tibamanya left her native Uganda to attend Kendall College. After graduating from Kendall in 2012 with a B.A. in Business, she found good work opportunities and decided to stay in the U.S. Eugenia worked in Chicago as an investment banking analyst and a bond manager. In late 2016, she moved to the Pittsburgh area to take a position as a field examiner with Wells Fargo Capital Finance. There, she analyzes customer assets to determine collateral for asset-based loans and securitizations, attractive financing alternatives for companies looking to maximize their borrowing capacity.
Q: What do you find rewarding about your role as a field examiner for Wells Fargo?
A: When I first became a collateral field examiner, I did not know what the role entailed, but I was happy to try something new. I soon realized I liked it. The job entails two-week projects that include travel, company collateral analysis and report writing. I am also proud to work at Wells Fargo. It is a great company and I have met some of the most genuine colleagues here.
Q: What are some of the challenges you have faced and the rewards you have gained in your career so far?
A: My biggest challenge was the fear of changing jobs. Most people fear changing roles, as it may appear to be a lack of commitment. However, I disagree. Companies are more productive with employees who like what they do than with employees who are getting by. I now consider leaving a job I don’t like as a win-win for the employer and myself. Therefore, I kept changing roles until I found something I liked. I knew I liked finance, so even if I changed roles, they were still finance related.
I started out in investment banking and quickly learned I did not like working 60-hour weeks. I switched roles and joined bond management. As bonds pay out on the 15th and 25th of the month, most of the weeks in between I didn’t have much work to do. I then realized I didn’t want a job that didn’t keep me busy at least 40 hours a week. I then moved on to be a collateral field examiner, and that’s what I’m still doing. However, I changed companies based on cultural fit, and my new employer lets me work from home, which l absolutely like.
A career in finance opens up various roles you can consider. I like that I have been able to explore new roles based on basic finance concepts, as well as roles where I’ve learned something new.
Q: Why did you choose to study at Kendall?
A: Kendall has a well-facilitated international office that was able to answer all my questions and assist where necessary.
Q: How did your education at Kendall prepare you for your career in finance?
A: My professor John Frech did a great job at explaining complex finance methodologies. He made finance very interesting and fun. I got encouraged and decided to pursue a career in finance.
Q: What did you appreciate most about Kendall?
A: I appreciate the professors who take the time to educate and elevate students. I’m glad I had the likes of John Frech and Aurora Reinke as professors. Their contributions to my education were paramount. In addition, the international presence at Kendall was great. I enjoyed meeting people from all over the world. I also appreciated my international student liaison, Clare Lake. He was always available when I had questions regarding I-20s and employment.
Q: What advice would you give to current Kendall students who want to succeed in business?
A: I encourage students to discover which business classes they enjoy. Once they figure out if they enjoy marketing, finance or management classes, they should look for internships in the related field.
I also encourage young people to embrace change. It’s okay to move on if you don’t like something. I strongly believe in not settling until you find a role that is a fit. If we don’t try different roles, we would never know what we liked.
Q: Where do you hope to take your career in the next 10 years?
A: I hope to complete a full-time MBA in the next five years and return to the Wholesale Banking team at Wells Fargo.