In his freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh, Joe Salvatore (CBA '07, A&S '07) traveled to the Czech Republic and Hungary as part of the International Business Center's Plus3 study abroad program.
It was an exciting time for a young U.S. business student interested in economics. Both countries were on the verge of joining the European Union. Full of site visits to foreign companies, the three-week trip stirred Salvatore's passion for international business.
"At that early stage in my academic career, this was such a valuable opportunity," Salvatore says. "I gained exposure to people in international fields and saw firsthand what they actually do."
Today Salvatore lives in London, working for Bloomberg L.P. as an analyst covering clean energy economics and capital markets. A Chartered Financial Analyst, he creates business intelligence on key trends in the industry. As someone who wanted to work abroad, Salvatore credits the International Business Center for putting him on that trajectory.
"London is a great city. It's a huge hub for business, and particularly for project financing and clean energy financing. In terms of living, it's an exciting place to be," Salvatore says.
To add an international focus to his business degree, Salvatore earned a Certificate in International Business through the International Business Center. The certificate required him to study a foreign language, which he did by double-majoring in French, and to spend a semester studying abroad, which he did at the ESC Rouen Business School in northern France.
"The IBC certificate brings in many focus areas and expands on them quite a bit. You also look at business economics and consider issues like the micro- and macroeconomics of the European Union," Salvatore says.
Fluent in French, Salvatore recommends that international business students learn a second language. The language competency impresses U.S. companies and helps you compete in European countries, where many professionals are bilingual, he says.
"Coming from the American side, the best path to working abroad is to find a company based in the United States with operations overseas. You start from the U.S. side and try to make your way overseas."
Joe Salvatore, CFA
Analyst, capital markets and clean energy economics sector
Bloomberg L.P., London