Alumni Spotlight: Seynabou Ba '00
New York, NY
VP: Capital Markets and Syndicate
Blaylock Beal Van, LLC
My Widener Experience
why did you decide to major in french?
I didn't have a clear path when I decided to major in French. I enjoyed the language and enjoyed what I was learning in class. I honestly didn't realize the full value of being in Dr. Schechner's class at the time; it wasn't until I graduated and received my first job offer that I began to fully grasp what the program did for me. My first job was with Bloomberg L.P., an international financial services firm. They hired me because of my French language skills, opening many doors for me in the financial industry.
if you were to do your college experience at widener again, what wouldn't you change?
I definitely would not change the path I chose while at Widener. Majoring in French sharpened the skills I needed to land a job in a industry I never imagined myself in: finance.
My Professional Experience
what advice would you give a prospective student considering your major?
There is a lot an employer can teach you; a language is not one of them. Separate yourself from the pack.
what do you like most about your current position?
In my current position, I have a lot of interaction with clients and prospective clients. This is something I truly enjoy. My communication skills have proven to be invaluable.