James Villari '12

James Villari '12

James Villari ’12 (Clark, N.J.) used his multiple internships to gain experience and a business profile, which ultimately helped him gain employment shortly after graduation.

Internships are key to getting a leg up in the finance world. James got lucky and was able to complete two internships during his years at York College – the first with Morgan Stanley-Smith Barney in Manhattan, N.Y. and the second at First Financial Group in Lancaster, Pa.

“At First Financial I learned the everyday trials of a financial advisor and began building my own book of business,” James said.

Those experiences led him to his current job as a financial advisor with Northeast Planning Corporation in Cranford, N.J.

“Not only did I obtain a job close to home, I became licensed to assist clients in the planning and arrangement of their financial affairs,” he said.

James believes his hands-on training helped him achieve his career goals so quickly.

“Get an internship,” he said. “Books and classrooms can only teach you so much about your future career.”

While at York, James also participated in Men’s Tennis. This taught him teamwork and leadership, and also created lifelong friendships.

In addition, James had a professor that inspired him and made him love going to class, James Forjan, Ph.D.

“Professor Forjan had a way of keeping specific business lessons interesting by sharing his own personal life experiences, and he is simply a fun and interesting lecturer,” he said.

James found his career and passion for finance thanks to York College professors and the internships that boosted his resume and gave him real-world experience when applying for jobs.

By Alaina Agnew '13, Office of Communications intern

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