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Romain Bourdon

Chief Operations Office Analyst

“I would definitely recommend Wells Fargo, especially to those looking to grow with a forward-thinking and ambitious company. As a graduate, you have the chance to be part of a growth story and leave your mark on the future of Wells Fargo in Europe."

 

Can you share your journey into banking and how you landed your role at Wells Fargo? What advice would you give to other students aspiring to enter the banking industry?

Unlike many graduates who meticulously map out their career paths, my journey to joining Wells Fargo’s graduate program wasn’t a straight line. It was a journey filled with diverse experiences and unexpected turns that eventually led me to where I am today.

My academic background is quite varied. I started with a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and History from King's College London, followed by a Master's in International Security from a university in Paris. After that, I pursued an International Management Master's degree at Trinity College in Dublin. This broad educational experience exposed me to multiple industries, making me open to various career possibilities.

Could you describe your experience on the graduate scheme at Wells Fargo? What were the highlights and challenges, and how has it prepared you for your future career?

Initially, my journey with Wells Fargo began with an interview for the Risk program in Dublin, which, unfortunately, didn’t result in an offer. The Chief Operations Office (COO) leader at Wells Fargo saw potential in my interview feedback and considered me for a different role within the COO function. In May 2022, I received a call asking if I was still interested in joining Wells Fargo—and the rest, as they say, is history.

For those looking to break into the competitive finance industry, I’d emphasize determination and self-belief. You’ll likely apply to numerous programs and face rejections, but persistence is key. It’s a tough journey, but the fulfilment and pride you’ll feel once you secure your role are worth the effort.

Adaptability is also crucial. Especially in roles within the COO function, you need to be ready to dive in and learn quickly. My background of studying and living in different cities—Paris, London, Singapore, Dublin—helped me adapt to new environments swiftly, a skill that’s been invaluable in my role at Wells Fargo.

The Wells Fargo graduate scheme in EMEA is an exciting place to be. Despite being relatively small compared to other banks, there’s immense ambition to expand our footprint and build a global presence. This sense of growth and ambition creates a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere. As a graduate, you get to witness and contribute to the building of a bank—a unique and rewarding experience.

What is the culture like at Wells Fargo, and how does it contribute to your professional growth and development as a graduate?

The culture at Wells Fargo is another highlight. The people here significantly contribute to a positive work environment. There’s a strong focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) from senior leadership, creating a diverse and welcoming workplace. In our Dublin office, the open-plan setup fosters a sense of connection and provides valuable access to senior management, a rare opportunity for many finance graduates.

Why would you recommend Wells Fargo as a starting point for someone's career in banking?

I would definitely recommend Wells Fargo, especially to those looking to grow with a forward-thinking and ambitious company. As a graduate, you have the chance to be part of a growth story and leave your mark on the future of Wells Fargo in Europe.

My journey to Wells Fargo may not have been traditional, but it’s been incredibly rewarding. From my diverse academic background to discovering a passion for finance amidst global events, to finally securing a role at Wells Fargo, every step has contributed to where I am today. For anyone looking to follow a similar path, remember to stay determined, adaptable, and ready to seize the opportunities that come your way.