Yesterday, Caroline Dallas ’12 returned to Davidson to present an information session on BB&T and their Leadership Development Program. BB&T is a large bank that offers financial services such as consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance, and products and services. BB&T is headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC, but holds banks and corporations in 12 states and Washington D.C..
Caroline described BB&T as a values-driven company that aims to grow organically and provide high quality services for the best price. Their main goal is to create long term financial benefits for clients, making people more economically stable and helping the world to become a better place. BB&T has won multiple awards recognizing their training and development program and dedication to mentorship within their company. Bloomberg has named BB&T as one of the top 20 strongest banks in the world.
The BB&T Leadership Development Program has existed for over 40 years, is nationally recognized, and is a great opportunity for students to acquire the experience necessary to thrive at BB&T. This program lasts for 8.5 months and is held at BB&T University in Winston-Salem. The program offers over 300 in-house courses and 280 online courses. Dallas highlighted how the program is a great transition out of college life, as students at BB&T University still get to take classes and study, but also slowly adjust to becoming comfortable with financial concepts and working life. Students can begin at the University knowing where they will be placed within BB&T, such as in the wealth management department or the investment banking sector, or they can be placed in a track at their time at the University. The two main tracks within BB&T are Business Banking and Corporate Functions.
Although the date to apply to BB&T’s Leadership Development Program has passed, continue to keep your eyes open for opportunities with BB&T. Juniors should research the program and consider applying next year. Strong applicants will have excellent communication skills, some leadership experience, general knowledge of the financial industry, and a GPA of 3.2 or higher. For more information, contact Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the BB&T website.