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Student Stories Jukka Strand

From Finland to the World Bank in Singapore

Tell us about your educational background:

I started my higher education as an international student from Finland studying at the London School of Economics. and was then awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to complete a Master of International Affairs degree at Columbia University in New York City.

Bachelors of Science London School of Economics

London, England

Fulbright Scholar M.A. in International Affairs

New York, NY

Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist World Bank


Tell us about your career path:

After graduating from Columbia, I started my career as an associate at Citigroup in New York. As the Global Financial Crisis took hold in 2008, I decided to pursue my long-lasting dream of working in an international organization and so I moved to Washington DC to work on transport infrastructure projects at the World Bank. Being able to use my financial skills to promote global development in challenging client environments proved to be very fulfilling and I have not looked back since.

What was the biggest challenge you faced?

The biggest challenge for me was searching for jobs in Washington while living in New York. The online networking tools were not as advanced as they are today, requiring me to make several trips to Washington to professionally break into the “World Bank bubble”.

What was your most valuable resource during this experience? Any words of advice for current international students?

The support of peers, faculty and alumni was essential to my job search. You need to find the right people who can help you achieve your career goals. Boldly follow your dreams. The most difficult thing is deciding what you want to do and the rest is just executing a plan to get there.

What's the most memorable moment of your journey thus far?

One of the most memorable student moments I had was bumping into the President of Finland at the United Nations Headquarters, where I was working part-time. I had been looking forward to observing heads of state during their General Assembly meeting but could not have expected to be chatting and shaking hands with one, least of all my own President

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March 2, 2021