Where They’re Headed: Tyler Fong ’18

The physics major and economics minor is exploring a new realm—investment management—via a two-year, hands-on training program at Vanguard.

For a physics major like Tyler Fong ‘18, a career in finance may initially seem like an unlikely choice.

“Finance and physics don’t have all that much in common, but studying physics at Haverford has given me a background to learn and adapt quickly,” he said.

Beginning in mid-August, Fong will start work at Vanguard in Valley Forge, PA. As a part of the company’s Acceleration into Finance Professional (AFP) program, Fong will have the opportunity to learn on the job as he rotates between four financial services departments over the next two years.

He is eager to take on the challenge of this rotational program. “I am going to have to learn new roles and make an impact quickly,” he said. “I will be able to gain experience in a wider range of finance operations within a large corporation such as Vanguard.”

His physics background uniquely positions Fong to succeed in this new role while challenging notions of the limits of career possibilities available with a degree.

“Studying physics at Haverford has given me the confidence that I can learn and switch gears quickly when needed,” he said. “In my view, physics isn’t just for those looking to go into academia. It teaches a way of learning and a way of scrutinizing information that is applicable to a wide range of interests including finance.”

At Vanguard, Fong looks forward to taking full advantage of the opportunities afforded by the AFP program, which immerses participants in multiple, key finance functions of a mutual fund company over two years and then launches them into full-time positions based on their strengths and long-term professional goals.

“This program is a great stepping stone for me,” he said. “Whether I choose to stay at Vanguard after the two year program or move on, I think the program will be a great place to grow and learn.”


Where They’re Headed” is a blog series reporting on the post-collegiate plans of recent Haverford graduates.

Photo courtesy of Tyler Fong ’18.