How can you make a good impression during your internship? What will make you stand out? What will increase your chances of being hired on full-time?
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This is another short, mid-week episode of Finance Career Launch where we discuss a skill, habit or mindset that will help you advance your career in finance. Today we’ll cover a listener question.
How I can not only make a good impression and impact during my internship, but what I can do to make myself a better banker in the future?
Isaac’s question is timely, since many people are getting ready to start internships soon, but these points also apply to anyone starting a new job.
Have Fun, Do the Right Things
I don’t mean to make light of your internship, but sometimes people overthink it. You need to balance the burning desire to make a good impression with just doing the right things (that will make you look good anyway). Relax a little bit, have fun, build relationships with people just as you would in real life, work really hard and do the right thing. If you are competent and fit (culturally), things will probably work out.
Meet as Many People as Possible
Developing relationships is almost always a good use of time. Not only will it build your network, but it will also help you learn about the entire business. When you understand what goes on in other departments or areas of a company, you become better at your job. You see things more clearly and from a higher level. You will understand the value of what you are doing and will be able to communicate it for future opportunities.
In this episode:
- Balancing making a good impression with doing the right things
- Why you might just need to relax a little bit (don’t let your ambition push you into the annoying category)
- How relationships and a broad business understanding can help you get the most out of your work experiences
- Why it is critical to get to know people in other functional areas
- Making positive contributions without expecting anything in return
- Why curiosity, a balanced skill set, communication, attitude, teamwork, networking and goal-setting are the things to work on our entire careers.
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Music by Elijah from NOMADS