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Wenjun Xu

Wenjun Xu

Vanderbilt MS Finance 2012

Associate Analyst at Thompson Research Group

Developing Skills for Global Development

Wenjun Xu Kick-Starts Career in Finance

Growing up in China, Wenjun Xu became interested at an early age in studying economic development. “My long-term goal is to work in an area where I can make a difference to the economies of developing countries,” she says.

After earning her undergraduate degree in Economics and Math at Randolph-Macon Women’s College — where she was part of the school’s first co-ed graduating class — the Shanghai native focused on finance, which she regards as “the key to global economic development.”

Owen’s one-year MSF program, which helped Wenjun kick-start a career in equity research — was everything she was looking for, and then some. She especially valued the opportunity to take a couple of non-Finance courses (negotiation and game theory) with Vanderbilt MBA students.

“Combined with valuable interactions with MBAs who have more work experience,” she says, “these classes expanded my learning into the dynamics of the business world. For example, negotiation simulations helped me notice my strengths in communications and weaknesses I plan to improve. At the end of the day, business is not just numbers.”

Looking back, Wenjun has just one regret about her experience here. She wishes the karaoke bars in Nashville had some Chinese songs, “so I could sing some songs.”