Class of 2017, Singapore
Analyst, Finance Division at Goldman Sachs
Elson joined Goldman Sachs in July 2017 and is now working as a Funding Product Control Analyst in the firm’s Finance Division in Hong Kong.
Elson initially applied to Goldman Sach’s Operations Division in Singapore, but was offered a chance to consider a role in its Finance Division in Hong Kong. He went through five rounds of interviews before clinching the job.
During his time with Yale-NUS, Elson had many opportunities to garner international experience through various programmes and initiatives. Those experiences proved useful as he navigates the challenges of living alone overseas. Some of the initial challenges include forming a new network of contacts and friends in Hong Kong, as well as logistical matters such as opening bank accounts and finding a suitable place to rent. Learning from his study abroad experience during college, Elson reached out to the Hong Kong chapter of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Yale University Alumni and joined their activities, which introduced him to other alumni who are living in Hong Kong.
Being part of the pioneer batch of Yale-NUS graduates, Elson felt that the biggest challenge was introducing Yale-NUS to potential employers to showcase what a Yale-NUS graduate was capable of and what skills they could bring to the job without having the benefit of prior alumni that they had recruited and worked with to do so. In every interview, Elson had to spend some time explaining what Yale-NUS was and the learning experience for Yale-NUS students. This, however, gave Elson an opportunity to break the ice with the employers and helped him differentiate himself from other candidates.