Recent graduate Michael Breault ’15 explored a variety of business theories and real-world applications as a finance major and accounting minor in the Villanova School of Business (VSB). In addition to his required coursework, Michael also took advantage of his access to VSB’s state-of-the-art Applied Finance Lab. One of the first of its kind, the lab opened in 2005 and includes 20 workstations with Bloomberg installations, a simulated trading room and the same real-time resources available to Wall Street traders.
During his junior year, Michael decided to take the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT)—a highly competitive exam in the financial industry—to get a sense of how he compared with his peers and to reach potential employers before graduation. He earned a final score of 700 out of a possible 800 points, placing him in the 99th percentile out of more than 250,000 people who have ever taken the BAT. He was also honored in the Bloomberg Institute Hall of Fame for the fourth highest score in the Americas region for the month of February 2014.
Michael’s exposure to Bloomberg through the Applied Finance Lab and rigorous coursework contributed greatly to his performance.
“The BAT provided the opportunity to reinforce what I’ve learned through my coursework at Villanova. I felt so well-prepared for the BAT that I didn’t need to do any outside training,” he said. “My score is a testament to the quality of my courses and professors at VSB.”
Donor support for technology and facilities upgrades like the Applied Finance Lab give Villanova students a competitive edge in today’s job market. After graduation in May 2015, Michael accepted a position with BAE Systems, an aerospace defense company, where he will complete a three-year financial leadership development program in New Hampshire.
Originally published by the Villanova School of Business.