Yuki Hasegawa '09, MA ’10, a human resources analyst at Goldman Sachs, helps manage training and development programs for the investment bank’s most important asset: its talent. “I'm someone who really believes in finding an individual’s potential,” said Hasegawa, who is originally from Yokohama, Japan, but also spent his childhood in Zurich, Switzerland. “My team plays a big role in the future success of Goldman Sachs because we have an impact on the talent that's already here and the talent that we hire.”
His group provides training for a range of the firm’s employees, from entry-level analysts to senior vice presidents. Hasegawa’s team is dedicated to the firm’s legal and internal audit, compliance and human resources divisions. “What I do involves strategic thinking: looking at our budget and our resources, and then coming up with solutions to best develop people's skills and abilities, and figure out ways to mentor them and give them greater job opportunities," he said. "It’s a big responsibility because, as Lloyd [CEO of Goldman Sachs] says, ‘our people are our number one asset.’”
Hasegawa got his first taste of leadership development at Brandeis International Business School. “Just about every class I took entailed group project work of some kind,” he said. “I learned to be nimble and how to interact with, and lead, a team of people who come from very different cultures, backgrounds and perspectives. I learned to identify people’s competencies and determine what leadership style would work best to motivate them. These details are critical to a team’s dynamic."
“Now that I work for a global company where every day I'm expected to work with people from the U.K., Hong Kong, Japan or India, I really appreciate that I had this experience as a business school student.”
His degree has helped him in other ways, too. For starters, it gave him a shot of confidence and some much-needed exposure to the professional world. Hasegawa, who did his undergraduate studies at Brandeis, entered the Master’s program straight from college. “My first year of business school was really my senior year in college,” he said. “I was taking classes alongside people who have spent a lot of time in the working world, and already had great careers. At first it was intimidating, but the second-year students mentored and challenged me, and then when it was time to graduate, they helped me find a good job.”
The degree also made him conversant in the language of finance. “I have a firm understanding of business, capital markets and macro-economic drivers because of what I learned at Brandeis,” he said.
For now, Hasegawa plans to stay put in New York, but his job may soon involve an overseas posting. “I love my job and I've been given a lot of opportunities: I get to work with managing directors and be part of teams that are executing large projects for our firm,” he said. “I was recently asked to go to Hong Kong and Tokyo to manage a program there. I really feel I’m progressing.”