- Digital Edition
- TV CHANNEL
By Tim Estiloz
Boston – Since joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in 2001, Eridania Virgil’s career path has taken her from different operations and technology services departments to the financial management area. Currently working as a manager in the Financial Planning and Development department, Virgil is responsible for bank-wide financial analysis, budgeting, and performance a role that gives her a great sense of pride and accomplishment.
To get to where she is, Virgil built upon the experience and knowledge she gained working at a number of New England’s top financial institutions and the opportunities presented to her at the Boston Fed.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Virgil first came to the U.S. in 1993 with a high school diploma and the ability to speak only Spanish. Too young at the time to attend college in the U.S., she began working with her mother at a factory. When she turned 18, Virgil began taking classes at Roxbury Community College to improve her English and earn a degree. Shortly after that, she landed her first job in the banking industry which set her on a path that eventually led to the Federal Reserve.
How did you get started at the Federal Reserve?
“Before working at the Federal Reserve, I worked for a variety of banks in and around Boston in different capacities. At the time, there were a number of different banks many of which were about to experience mergers. I worked at BayBank in Dedham as an adjustor for a year. I also worked at BankBoston as a customer service rep. Then, the mergers started happening. When Fleet and Sovereign Bank were merging, I took a position at Sovereign.”
“My skills were very transferrable so with all the mergers taking place, I applied for a job with Boston Financial Data Services where I was dealing with mutual funds. I had applied to work at the Fed but there were no available positions but a few months later, the Fed contacted me about an opening.”
Is there any specific action or series of actions to which you could attribute your career success?
“I always try to put my best effort into anything I do even if it’s something that I don’t think I can do. I believe in having a ‘can do’ attitude, not being afraid to ask questions, and taking charge of my career. I think it’s important to have a conversation with your manager about where you see your career going, what your interests are, and what you need to do to get there.”
Did you have a mentor that helped you along your career path or made a significant im-pact on you professionally?
“One of the mentors I had taught me a very important lesson. He basically told me the secret to success is seeing each day as a new opportunity. He said with education and motivation you can get ahead and the sky is the limit. I’ve never been afraid of talking to my supervisors and managers about my strengths and weaknesses because I think that’s a great way to learn and get better at something. You need to be open to criticism in order to be able to grow.”
What advice would you give Latinos looking to advance their careers?
“I would say have a very open mind. If you encounter something that you think you can’t do, try to do it anyway. Be flexible, invest in your education, and invest in yourself. I’d also look at job postings to see what skills are needed in the workplace and then try to learn those skills to make yourself more marketable and able to grow professionally. Don’t ever limit yourself.”