Back in the USSR

As graduation nears, seniors face the daunting task that has been looming all year – getting a job. Student futures are in limbo as they wait to hear back from possible employers. When they do get an offer, however, sometimes they must be flexible in what the employer asks of them.

Such as moving to the Ukraine.

“It’s rare to get the experience right out of college,” said senior Sean Foyil of his new job.

Foyil, a Chapman University senior, will leave this summer to begin a career at Foyil Securities in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The name is no coincidence. He will be working at his uncles company. Though, this fact did not ensure him any sort of liberties over other applicants.

From the beginning, Foyil knew there was no chance of using the name to get him by. His internship with the company last summer ended with only the opportunity to apply. He had to go through the process just like any one else, with no help from his uncle. After enduring multiple interviews via Skype, he finally secured it, and now has set goals for his next three to five years in Kiev.

First: learn Russian. Even though some of his coworkers speak both Russian and English, the greater of the Kiev population does not.

“When I had to get a taxi, I would have to have someone in the office or a friend call the taxi for me, tell them I don’t speak Russian, and then when I’d get in the cab chances are they’d ask me something and I would have to call my friend back, and give [the driver] the phone,” said Foyil.

Second: complete the first level needed for a Chartered Financial Analyst, (CFA), designation in the first year, and complete all three levels to become a CFA Charterholder by his fifth year in Kiev, which will be an extraordinary accomplishment for someone of his age.

“Going to the Ukraine, I feel like it’s the perfect environment to not have any distractions as far as friends from home or being able to go out on weekends, it’s pretty much going to keep me in [to study],” said Foyil.

Ultimately, Foyil hopes to return to the states and become a portfolio manager for high profile clients. He has his goals in mind and drive in his heart; faltering from his path is not an option he wants to consider.

“The next three to five years of my life are going to be some of the hardest,” said Foyil, “but at the same time when I come out of it, the experience will be worth it.”

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