Computer science impacts every industry in our society. Companies have to adapt their business models to allow clients the ability to leverage technology in a way that is functional, yet safe and secure.
Charles is part of the internal software development team at Fidelity Investments. He helps develop tools that support the changing needs of investors.
Charles makes sure to bring back to NC State the same opportunities that were presented to him. At this year's College of Engineering Career Fair, Charles was on the other side of the table, this time representing Fidelity Investments. He spent the day encouraging students to get involved in student organizations while in college, and reminding them that every industry has a place for a computer scientist!
After leaving Fidelity in November of 2011, Charles D’Andrea began working for Vanguard, an investment advisor in Charlotte, North Carolina.
He began as a technology specialist who moved across different teams playing a few different roles that gravitated towards project management. Much of his work consisted of many different vendor applications particularly around marketing, specifically targeting the marketing technology.
In July of 2018, D’Andrea took his current position as IT Project Team Manager. Here, his team is responsible for building out a shareable user interface library. This library allows development teams across the company the ability to quickly deliver brand new applications and experiences without developing everything from scratch.
“We make sure that the components we built are reliable and that the branding theme for each component is consistent and accessible,” says D’Andrea.
In his leadership role, he has seen his mindset change from a developer to that of a manager and team leader. In this new position, he is able to pull from his developer knowledge to manage his team in a meaningful way.
D’Andrea credits his time at NC State for giving him his earliest leadership opportunities that set a foundation for his future role at Vanguard. He served as a leader on student organizations that developed skills he often turns to in his newfound role.
“It was definitely a leg up starting in the corporate world to have that experience and know common pitfalls,” says D’Andrea. “That self-starter attitude and ability to make decisions independently was something that’s very important on top of all that communication abilities.”
Throughout his time at Vanguard, D’Andrea has seen personal growth as a developer and a leader.
“Vanguard is a unique place with a client centric-culture,” says D’Andrea. “I have been able to grow my career here and I’m looking forward to growing it further.”