Internships provide you with great experience and an opportunity to find out more about an industry. They are valuable to have on your CV and are a great starting point for those looking to break into the investment industry. You may have done the work to secure an internship, but how do you make the most of it?
Internships can be as much as about the employer getting to know you as you are getting to know the employer and their industry. Reflect on who you are, your values, and where you want to go in your career. This helps you to spot a culture you like and more honestly assess the industry and business. A common mistake many interns make is not taking the time thinking about this before applying, and they quickly lose interest and focus during the internship. By taking the time to know yourself and what you are looking for, you can give prospective employers a good impression right from the start as you settle in, work hard and network!
Do not underestimate the power of first impressions. The extra effort you make in being punctual (or early!), presentable and prepared will set you apart. Take the time to dust off your Excel/Word/PowerPoint skills to truly impress with your technical expertise.
Passion, or lack of it, can be readily observed. Bring your ‘A’ game – ask questions, provide input, absorb and network as much as you can.
An internship is not only something you can put on your CV – it is the start of you career journey and an opportunity to start building your reputation and skillset.
By: Ian Chu, CFA
Date:11 July 2022