We’re dedicated to helping military veterans be all they can be as they transition to the corporate workforce and civilian life.
We help to develop veterans’ professional skills and prepare them for a rewarding career in financial services. Meet Benjamin Anyan, one of our military veterans. Before leaving the British Army, Benjamin researched his options, which led him to BNY Mellon EMEA’s Returning Military Program. According to Benjamin, BNY Mellon was the clear choice for him because of the quality of our military transition program, our corporate culture and the opportunity to work in compliance and audit. Through the six-week program, Benjamin brought to bear the fraud examiner qualification he earned in the Army and his financial crime risk management experience to projects at Newton Investment Management, a BNY Mellon company. He also developed critical interviewing skills and created a resume that conveyed strengths and transferable skills gained during his military career to competitively position himself for a financial services career.
“In the military you are trained from day one to work under pressure…to work as a team, and to lead and manage. I draw on these skills every day, and combine them with the financial services acumen, technology capabilities and know-how to navigate a corporate culture that I’ve learned while at BNY Mellon to continue to serve others in my civilian life,” said Benjamin.
Benjamin is now well on his journey in financial services as an internal auditor with BNY Mellon’s EMEA Asset Management group. He is also an active member of our IMPACT and VETNET employee resource groups, which support multicultural and veteran employees, respectively.
The success of EMEA’s Returning Military Program is spawning similar programs in other regions. In the U.S., a veteran hiring program piloted in our Corporate Trust business in 2016 is now scaling to our Asset Servicing and Alternative Investment Services (AIS) businesses. The Corporate Trust class, based in Houston and Pittsburgh, are a full year into their “tours” at BNY Mellon and, according to team managers, are learning quickly and making valuable contributions. Michael Da Silva joined in Houston after serving as a Marine Corps firefighter.
“The military taught me how to effectively manage teams and situations, and to solve problems quickly under stressful conditions. I knew my skills and experiences would help me transition into the corporate world. But it wasn’t easy to get a job. I came across hiring managers who didn’t grasp how my nontraditional background and skills could apply in business. BNY Mellon was a different story from the start. I was referred by a member of VETNET and through all my conversations – from those who interviewed me to the training team to my manager – I believe this company fully understands how a military background can set one up for success and the competitive advantages veterans bring to the organizations they join,” said Michael.
Military veteran hires doubled in 20161. The most recent class of returning military will join the AIS fund accounting group, specializing in the areas of real estate, private equity and hedge fund administration. Tim Livolsi, Managing Director, BNY Mellon Alternative Investment Services, said “In AIS we know a great deal about spotting potential. With the same rigor we apply to our business, we invest in people – in attracting, growing and advancing a global team that continues to raise the bar on performance. That’s why veterans are a natural fit for us. They’re self-starters who understand service at the highest level. We teach them the technical and financial skills they need in their new roles; and they, in turn, bring proven leadership capability and a team work ethic that are incredibly important to us and to our clients.”
A thoughtful four-month immersion program, modeled after BNY Mellon’s U.S. Region Financial Institutions training program, helps veterans assimilate into their business teams, gain working knowledge of the financial services industry and learn the technical aspects of their respective roles. Through the program, veteran hires mix and mingle with trainees from other backgrounds and with different professional experiences.
Members of VETNET serve as mentors to our veteran hires to assist with the transition into corporate and civilian life.
1 Military veteran status based on voluntary self-disclosure for U.S. employees only.
“We’re committed to welcoming military veterans to BNY Mellon as they return to the civilian workforce. They can feel confident that we value the unparalleled leadership skills they bring with them, and we want to help them build on those critical capabilities honed in the service of their country.”Kevin McCarthy, General Counsel of BNY Mellon and Executive Committee sponsor for VETNET
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