“Opportunities were created for me by way of just the generosity of good people. I want to be one of those people for a student down the line…”
Yusuf Abugideiri graduated from Virginia Tech in 2009 earning his degree in finance, on the Certified Financial Planner track. He is one of the two Co-chairs now serving on Pamplin’s new Recent Alumni Board.
Fulfilling that dream, Abugideiri now works as a financial planner at Yeske Buie, a prestigious wealth management firm. He interned there while at Tech and was offered a job after graduation.
Yusuf landed his job at Yeske Buie in a remarkable way. While speaking at Hokie Focus, he addressed students discussing his career path and where he wanted to go after college, ending his presentation saying “I want to be a rainmaker at a top financial planning firm, and ball out of control!” That summary was enough to interest Elissa Buie, the mother of a prospective student and CEO of Yeske Buie. After the presentation she offered her card to Yusuf, who after realizing the value of the offer, turned down a previously decided internship at another firm and went to intern for Yeske Buie.
Yusuf kept busy while at Tech, staying involved in the honors college and Hokie Camp as well as serving as a Pamplin ambassador,
“Always get involved. Don’t get crazy, I say do one new thing a year… pick one thing you are passionate about once a year, give yourself to it,” Yusuf said. “ Because that is real networking … It is demonstrating a skill and a passion that you have to other people … and that establishes your profile on campus.”
The other two pieces of advice Yusuf offers, “Go to class. You have to go … it is the most efficient way to handle your business and you don’t get to do all the other stuff if you’re not a student.” And once your homework is done, “get connected with your professors because they have so much more experience and perspective than you possibly can … and you are wasting your time if you are not taking advantage of that. And they are going to help you network too … with the letters of recommendation you can get from that, the mentorship you can get from that down the line.”
His favorite class at Virginia Tech was Derek Klock’s infamous Finance 3134, Concepts and Skills. “It was definitely one of the hardest and it was the one that I was the proudest of all the A’s I got … I was more proud than anything,” he said.
It’s not all about work for Yusuf; he loves football, his favorite teams are the Dallas Cowboys and of course, the Hokies. In addition, he is an avid Fantasy Football player, managing three fantasy football teams this year.
His favorite books include Freakanomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner and Outliers by Malcom Gladwell.
Yusuf is looking forward to serving Pamplin in the newly created RAB. “When it came time for a seat on the Recent Alumni Board, it was like ‘Ok, well here is your chance, now you actually have a real platform you can engage with current students, with the young alumni and you can be that mentor or that person who gives an opportunity to someone…”