Florida State University

Department Of Economics

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Zerina Hadzalic

Class of 2019
Capital Markets Analyst
MUFG Securities Americas Inc. in New York, NY

I began my professional career at Ernst & Young as an International Transfer Pricing Analyst in their New York City office a month after graduation in 2019. My role involved a copious amount of both qualitative and quantitative analyses, such as drafting transfer pricing reports and examining companies’ financial statements and raw data. Additionally, I had the opportunity to work with various teams on several projects and was expected to simultaneously communicate and time manage tasks that I was given. In my experience, time management and team communication were the most important skills that the program really honed in on. I felt fully equipped and comfortable going into a demanding and challenging work environment.

In 2021, I transitioned into a new role as a Capital Markets Analyst at MUFG. As a Capital Markets Analyst, my responsibilities include staying up-to-date and summarizingcurrent market trends and geopolitical news as these are all macroeconomic factors which potentially influence the pricing and issuance of bonds and loans. Beyond the soft skills that I gained from the program, I was also able to sharpen my analytical skills through our Econometrics, Microeconomics, and Macroeconomics coursework, which has now proven to be very useful in my current position. 

Choosing to continue my education and obtain a master’s degree in Applied Economics at FSU was one of the best decisions that I have made.  With a small class size, I was able to truly interact and work together with each and every one of my classmates and professors – which was quite a distinct experience from my undergraduate career and mimics what occurs daily in the professional world. The Applied Economics Master’s program opened a variety of doors in my professional career, and I am excited to continue utilizing the knowledge and abilities obtained during my time at FSU.