Last fall, Kim­berly Taylor, a U.S. Army vet­eran who has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, attended a New York Stock Exchange work­shop for ser­vice men and women inter­ested in bol­stering their resumes and devel­oping job inter­view tech­niques. She stayed in touch with a senior human-​​resources man­ager and was quickly offered a posi­tion in a new summer pro­gram for vet­erans inter­ested in working on Wall Street.

Taylor, who is pur­suing an online MBA, is cur­rently working to help develop the NYSE Euronext’s new Vet­eran Asso­ciate Pro­gram, in which she also takes part. The pro­gram pro­vides ser­vice mem­bers the unique oppor­tu­nity to gain hands-​​on expe­ri­ence in the fast-​​paced world of finance though an eight-​​week paid internship.

I’m taking what we’re doing and strength­ening it for the future,” Taylor said.

Taylor orig­i­nally planned to focus her MBA course work on the health-​​care industry, but noted that her expe­ri­ence on Wall Street has encour­aged her to shift her atten­tion toward finance. As she put it, “I’m really get­ting addicted to this new field. It’s very quick-​​paced, which makes it a lot like the military.”

Taylor takes Northeastern’s online classes from her Jersey City, N.J., home. She grad­u­ated with a degree in vet­eri­narian sci­ence from North Car­olina State Uni­ver­sity, and then served in the Army from 1999 through 2007, at which point she retired as a sergeant.

She worked as a muni­tions spe­cialist in the Army, con­ducting air­drops of supply pal­lets in Iraq and Afghanistan. Then she shifted career paths, working next as a res­pi­ra­tory ther­a­pist in the U.S. and training mem­bers of the Army reserves, both at home and on short over­seas missions.

I wore a lot of hats,” Taylor said. “For now, it’s just con­stant networking.”