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.