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Careers: Alumni: Brian TenHarmsel

Where are they now?

Meet Brian, a graduate of the class of 2009.

Where are you now?

US Treasury Trader and Developer in proprietary trading firm London, UK.

What path did you follow after graduation from Calvin to get where you are now? 

I was fortunate to start work in proprietary trading during my senior year at Calvin.  Since graduation I married my long time girlfriend Rachel and have lived in London, UK and Holland, MI.

What to do you value most about your studies in the business or accounting program at Calvin?  Why? 

The Calvin Business and Accounting professors are great.  They are experts in their fields and will go the extra‑mile to help you succeed.  Take advantage of this by meeting them and asking questions about their careers and where they see you using your strengths in the future. Value the Liberal Arts Education.  The finance and accounting courses at Calvin prepared me very well for current position, but the courses I took in english, philosophy, and math are what can set a student apart from his or her peers in the workforce.

Did you have an internship while you were a student?  If yes, how do you feel you grew from your internship experience? 

I worked for two Investment Consulting firms in West Michigan the summers before my sophomore and junior year at Calvin.  In the summer before my senior year I worked as a Summer Analyst for JPMorgan in New York City.  It was a life changing experience.  Calvin Alumni played a large role in helping me discover the right position in New York, and really took my under their wing and encouraged me to keep pursuing my dreams while I was there.

How does your faith influence you both professionally, and in your personal life as you have navigated the past few years since leaving Calvin? 

It was very important for me to develop my beliefs and learn who I was while at Calvin.  I have worked in a variety of environments with people of various views on life/religion/culture.  Knowing who I am and what my beliefs are allows me to stay centered when times get difficult.

What advice do you have for students considering business or accounting? 

The Liberal Arts education of Calvin and the diversity of the business and accounting classes offered will allow you to pursue any career you desire. Don't be afraid to jump into the business department and take a sampling of entry level classes before deciding where you want to focus your efforts.

What words of encouragement do you have for students in accounting or business as they think about their careers? 

Your coursework at Calvin will allow you to pursue any career.  Get good grades, don't underestimate the power of networking with Alumni, and be ready to work hard to get where you want to go!  Stand‑out at your internships, be the first one in and the last one home, hard work will be noticed.

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In Brian's words

Brain TenHarmsel"The Calvin Business and Accounting professors are great.  They are experts in their fields and will go the extra‑mile to help you succeed.  Take advantage of this by meeting them and asking questions about their careers and where they see you using your strengths in the future."