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Anusha FLDP

 

Vantiv's Future Leaders Development Program (FLDP) is for people who join Vantiv through our internship program or immediately following college or university. It's a highly-competitive, two-year program along three tracks: finance; technology; and risk, security & compliance.

 

I caught up with FLDP member Anusha Kantamneni to ask her about her role at Vantiv, now Worldpay and what she loves about the program.

 

Could you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I moved to Cincinnati in 2013 to pursue my Master degree in Computer Science at University of Cincinnati and I have been here ever since. I love the fact that Cincy has the vibe of a big city and the culture of a small town. Among friends and peers, I am known as A FOODIE (and that actually is my license plate). While other people eat to live, I live to eat! I did my thesis on finding evolving communities in social networks as my passion lies in the mining patterns from data, and I hope to continue working in the world of data.

 

Why did you select Worldpay when searching for a full-time role?
Working for a Fintech enables you to remain at the forefront of the digital revolution. Having done an internship at Vantiv prior to graduation gave me an opportunity to live with the company’s culture and accumulate invaluable experience. It felt wonderful being part of a rapidly expanding company with plenty of exposure to challenging assignments, which made me want to come back and work for Vantiv, now Worldpay full-time.

 

What do you love most about the Future Leaders Development Program?
When we joined the FLDP program it was just getting started and it gave us an opportunity to be involved in defining and building a strong foundation for the program and we take immense pride in doing it. It gave me an opportunity to diversify my skill set and gain knowledge about different LOBs. I now have a better understanding of the Payment industry. The best part about the program is the exposure that it provides and to be able to pave your own career path.

 

What are your career goals?
I would want myself to be the go-to person for a particular domain or product, someone who has a horizontal knowledge of different areas of business, and immense expertise and in-depth knowledge of a specific domain. If I were to pick a role within the organization I would say maybe a product owner or a solution architect.

 

How did college help prepare you for your career at Worldpay?
I was the Vice-President of Indian Student Association (ISA), an organization of about 500 students to promote cultural unity, and to provide a basic support network for them. It made me realize that taking an initiative and working with a team towards a common goal is something that I enjoy doing and this helped me flourish in a leadership rotational program at Worldpay.


Is there anything you wish you would have taken or done in college to better prepare you?
I always wanted to participate in events like Hackathons and Revolution UC, but due to my Thesis, Course Work, Teaching Assistantship, grading papers and organizing events I was pretty occupied for most of the time. I wish to have managed my time more efficiently so that I could have incorporated such activities into my schedule.

 

What advice would you give to women students who might be considering a career in payments?
Take time to explore as much as possible, at times knowing what you don’t want to do is even better than knowing what you want to do. Also, don’t be intimidated by people who seem to know more than you do, a great way to learn is to ask a lot of questions and don’t be afraid to do so. The best way to learn any field is to jump in and build things, and payments industry is ever changing and new payment forms are emerging so choosing a career in this industry would be a fun ride.

 

Want to hear from more FLDP members? Check out our FLDP Spotlight on Amber Bielunksi here. 

Our recruiters love college job fairs. Not only is it a great chance to spend time on gorgeous college campuses and eat free pizza (we're only half-kidding about the pizza), it can also be a great opportunity to meet homegrown talent! Fort Lewis College has been a boon to our Durango, CO office, supplying some top engineering talent to our developer teams. We chatted with 2 of our engineers who started at Worldpay (then Mercury) right out of college to find out how their college experience gave them a leg up at Worldpay. 

 

Dale Shumate, Fort Lewis College class of 2006

 

Dale Shumate, Senior Principle Technology Engineer of Quality Assurance at WorldPay

 

What was your favorite thing about attending Fort Lewis College?

I liked the friendly atmosphere between the professors and students, and the close-knit comradery that came with smaller class sizes. Additionally, Fort Lewis is incredibly beautiful nearly the whole year round. 

 

What course most prepared you for your career?

Coding with C# and Object-Oriented Programming are incredibly useful in my everyday life. Some other good ones were Business Writing and Computer Architecture.

 

What course do you wish you could have taken to prepare you for your career?  

I wish had taken a couple of business classes that help explain how to pitch ideas and how businesses truly work from a sales/business side. It's all about teamwork. Learning how everyone contributes would have been great.

 

What advice would you give students who might be interested in a career in payments?

Abstraction of data is king. Learning how to manipulate data on a large scale, and properly store and retrieve that data is what an immense amount of processing is all about. 

 

What was your first job out of college? 

My first job was as an IT Tools Engineer for Mercury Payment Systems. I've been at Mercury (now Worldpay) for 11 years now! 

 

Chris Conrow, Fort Lewis College class of 2012

 

Chris Conrow software engineer at Worldpay

 

What was your favorite thing about attending Ft Lewis College?

Small class sizes. The professors care about your progress and were always available to help and provide one on one time with students.

 

What course most prepared you for your career?

A year-long (2 semester) course called Software Engineering. In the first part of the year, we learned about common Software development life cycles that are used in the real world. We also were trained in writing technical documents and project proposals. The second half of the year, we took on a project from the professor, acting as a client/Product manager and built a program using one of the software development life cycles and worked with the professor to build the program to spec.  It was a fun and challenging class that did a great job of mimicking what I do for my career.

 

What course do you wish you could have taken to prepare you for your career?

I wish I would’ve taken more writing courses. I am confident enough in my writing skills to get by, but it isn’t easy and can take me a while.

 

What advice would you give students who might be interested in a career in payments?

It is a fast field. Be ready to continually learn and push yourself. The job is rewarding if you can keep up.

 

What was your first job out of college? 

Mercury Payment Systems!

 

Wanna talk to our recruiters? See where they'll be next on our college recruiting calendar. 

Vantiv's Future Leaders Development program (FLDP) is for people who join Vantiv through our internship program or immediately following college or university. It's a highly-competitive, two-year program along three tracks: finance; technology; and risk, security & compliance.

 

I caught up with FLDP member Amber Bielunski to ask her how she found Vantiv and what she loves about the program.

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Could you tell me a little bit about yourself?

I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. Actually, the house I grew up in is about 10 minutes from our Tinley Park office. I attended the University of Dayton in Ohio, where I majored in Sports Management with a minor in Business Administration. Currently, I'm in my second year in the Risk, Security and Compliance FLDP track. I am known around the office as “Sunshine” most likely because of my high energy that is due to being naturally caffeinated. I have also been known to bake sweet treats for those that sit around me or those who have learned that my desk usually has snacks.

 

Why did you select Vantiv when searching for a full-time role?

I wanted a company whose values aligned with mine, that would allow me to have an opportunity to make an impact within the organization. Starting from the recruiting process, every person that I met was genuine and showed an interest in me. After my interviews I remember thinking “this is such a good fit and everything I’m looking for– I sure hope they are thinking the same about me!”  There hasn’t been a day that went by that I don’t see the values on display at Vantiv, which just reaffirms that I made a great choice moving here for this program.

 

What do you love most about the Future Leaders Development Program – Risk, Security & Compliance?

It’s difficult to pick just one aspect of the program that I like the love most. I think the two things that I love the most about the program are the people involved and the constant opportunity to push myself to learn and be better. The people involved in the program the managers, program managers, mentors, executive sponsors, and the other FLDPs. There is this huge network of people who care about you and want to see you succeed and they become so influential in your life and that is something that is truly amazing. Many of them are not only my coworkers but also my friends. I also love having the constant opportunity to push myself to learn and be better. Every single day I am pushed and challenged to be better than I was yesterday and to learn something new-something that is truly a gift. I have been able to grow so much professionally and personally in the last year. I credit a lot of that to the program and everyone involved and I am so thankful to be a part of this program.

 

What are your career goals?

Eventually I would like to be a people leader within the organization. In the year and half I have been here, I’ve had the most wonderful leaders at Vantiv who have positively influenced me. I hope to one day be that leader to someone. I’ve really enjoyed the variety of careers that the program has exposed me to and I am looking forward to the next few months in the program. 

Martin Kohlman is a senior at Miami University. This year, he is interning with Vantiv's Corporate Platforms team in Cincinnati. Here is Martin with a very important member of the Vantiv team, Bean the fish. (You can tell his internship is going swimmingly.)

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Why did you choose Vantiv for your summer and fall internship?

I participated in a STEM job shadow day through Miami University, and was very excited to learn that there was a position available as an intern to shadow a scrum master. My studies have had a heavy focus on Agile methodology, and the opportunity to receive hands-on experience working with a team in the Agile space was a great opportunity.

 

What are you majoring in?

I am majoring in Software Engineering, and focusing my studies on a higher level with topics such as the different phases of the software development lifecycle, and Agile as a whole. I enjoy studying different ways in which a team can be successful together, and how to make positive process improvements to maximize efficiency and enjoyment within a team environment.

 

What have you learned during your experience with us?

I have learned a lot of valuable lessons. First and foremost, I’ve learned that Agile is just a framework, and should be treated as such. There is no one-stop-shop that will make a team work smoothly all the time. Teams vary greatly in personality types, work ethics, and Agile maturity. Taking this into consideration while working with each individual team not only sets them up for success in completing their work, but also provides a chance for them to grow as a team. This growth, in turn, will give way to the team being more proficient in the work they are doing. Secondly, I’ve gained a great amount of insight into what the day-to-day of a scrum master is, what it means to be a servant leader, and what I can do to bring value to each of the teams that I have been working with. 

 

What are your career goals?

Looking to the near future, namely June of 2018, I am beginning my first rotation in the technology Future Leader Development Program. I am very excited about the amount of knowledge I will be able to gain from working with different teams throughout my time as an FLDP, as well as the prospect of forging new relationships around Vantiv. Long term, I hope to put this knowledge to good use and to one day hold a position of leadership. I want to do my best to positively affect my future peers and colleagues, and the company as a whole.

Vantiv's Future Leader Development program (FLDP) is for people who join Vantiv through our internship program or immediately following college or university. It's a highly-competitive, two-year program along three tracks: finance; technology; and risk, security & compliance.

 

I caught up with FLDP member Alex Ehrman to ask him how he found Vantiv and what he loves about the program.

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Q: Why did you select Vantiv when searching for a full-time role?

A: I chose Vantiv when searching for a full-time role due to the fast-paced culture, the opportunity to explore multiple verticals of the business through the FLDP program, and because of the high-growth industry.

 

Q: What do you love most about the Future Leaders Development Program – Finance?

A: The flexibility of the program allows each FLDP to explore the areas of Finance that they are most interested in as well as areas that will best aid long-term development. Program flexibility has helped me discover what I want to do as I progress in my career. 

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Jennifer Guidotti is a junior at the University of Colorado-Denver, where she is studying to become a software engineer. This summer she is interning with Vantiv's API-Payments team in Denver.

 

What interested you in Vantiv for a summer internship?

I have several friends who are also interns at Vantiv and have just raved about how awesome this company is. They have learned so much since they started here and have really enjoyed the mentorship and positivity that this company and department has provided.

 

What have you learned during your internship?

Since starting at the beginning of May, I have learned the overall application development process. Before starting with Vantiv, I had zero exposure to an agile development environment, therefore it has been a great learning experience to be working with this team. So far, I have spent most of my time learning the Java programming language and working with the Spring Application Framework that the Vantiv API Payments Team currently uses to build their APIs.

 

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What do you like about your internship?

Since the day that I walked in, the entire team has been so encouraging and motivating. Not only are they teaching me the different processes and applications, but sharing best practices and experiences. So many of the current software engineers were once an intern like I am. They are continuously improving – having sat in on numerous white board sessions and lunch-and-learns, I have seen that there are always opportunities to gain more knowledge. My coworkers have a winning attitude – the daily stand-up meetings show that no team member is ever permanently stuck. If there was a roadblock, we all pitch in to find a solution, and people took ownership over their tasks. The teams that I work with are not only collaborative, but have strong team relationships. I can tell they value and trust their teammate’s contributions, and have a lot of respect and appreciation towards one another.

 

What are your goals for the future?

For the next two years, I will be focusing the majority of my time on finishing school where I am currently working on a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. After that, I have to say that this internship experience has really confirmed my choice to become a software engineer. The positive, yet challenging, experience that I have gained here has inspired me to continue to be focused on application development. I love APIs!