Fily graduated from the MA International Relations Program in 2016. He went to Miami University in Oxford, OH, for his undergraduate study where he majored in political science, history, and African studies.
Where do you currently work and what do you do there?
I am a country risk analyst at BMI Research (a FitchGroup company). As a CR analyst I manage a portfolio of countries, produce reports assessing risks and opportunities, and create 5 and 10-year forecast scenarios. We focus on macroeconomics, politics, and financial markets.
How did the IR Program prepare you for what you're doing now?
The IR program showed me the wide variety of sectors that people who study global affairs could end up working in. The courses that I took demonstrated how interconnected various disciplines were and how one could sharpen their analysis by being familiar with multiple themes and concepts. The program gave me a very practical skill set I use and build upon regularly.
Why did you choose the IR program at NYU?
NYU’s program in IR seemed as though it would provide me with the best opportunity to enhance my knowledge in the field while advancing my prospects for a career. The fact that the program advertised its emphasis on professional development immediately made it appealing to me. Additionally, that the program is in New York City means that I would be exposed to all sorts of opportunities that are unavailable elsewhere.
What was your favorite class during your MA in International Relations?
I enjoyed Dr. Giuseppe Ammendola’s “Global Finance” course the most. The class covered a variety of issues such as central bank policy, financial crises, stock markets, exchange rates, and commodities strategy. Most importantly, the course showed just how all of these topics relate to and influence international affairs. Too often business subjects are taught separately from political ones, when in reality they are intertwined. By taking this course I got a better understanding of this relationship and, more tangibly, I expanded my vocabulary and range of skills in a manner that will undoubtedly help me throughout my career.
Looking back, what were some of your favorite things about studying at NYU and about the IR Program?
My favorite thing about studying at NYU, and within the IR program, was the diversity of opinions and perspectives that the student body brought with them to our interactions in and outside of the classroom. One is constantly forced to reevaluate their own stances when presented with the logic and arguments of people from around the world, who may challenge your assumptions.
Additionally, the university and the program do a great job taking full advantage of the city they occupy. Being in New York, it’s important to leverage the fact that you are at the center of international diplomacy, international business, and much more. NYU and the IR Program do well in this regard.
What advice would you give to current and future students of the program?
I would tell current and future students to find a way to devote their passion, knowledge, and enthusiasm toward something tangible. Try to have an idea of what you’re interested in and evaluate the real-world applications of that interest. Then devote yourself to acquiring the skills that would be valuable for someone who is involved in that field. Also, do not be afraid to let your environment at NYU or in NYC influence you. Rather, take advantage of surroundings and let them shape you and remain a part of you wherever you find yourself next.