How to recover from early mistakes in my SA?
I'm asecond week on the desk, and I'm already worried I'm not good enough to do my job.
A couple mid-level bankers took a group of the interns on my desk out for lunch recently and told us two things about being a good intern: (1) is having a good attitude and always being available to get an assignment done, and (2) is contributing enough to your team that your full time analysts miss you when you leave.
The first is solely an effort thing. I'm the first one to the office in the morning and I don't log off until my team does. I reply immediately to my emails and I offer to my associate and analyst to process requests from the senior bankers whenever they come in. I'm not worried about the effort part of the internship because it's entirely in my control.
Actually contributing, in however small a capacity, is a different story. I'm terrified I won't ever be a net positive for my deal team this summer. I got my tasks done alright in week one…but my analyst had to give me dozens of edits over the course of an hour in a list I was updating for him. I'm really trying my hardest to be detail-oriented. I triple check my work…but things seem to still fall through the cracks, I misunderstand instructions, etc. It's very, very upsetting.
Most of the things I have been asked to handle have been extremely simple. The one time I got asked to make a slide in a deck, I couldn't get the formatting right at all. There wasn't a precedent slide for me to use but the situation was still bad.
Just this evening I asked my associate and analyst if I could help process arequest from one of our MDs…and accidentally left the two MDs copied on the email. My analyst told me my mistake and then told me that he'd handle the comments by himself. I don't blame him, if I can't even remember to switch to the right the mailing list for my email reply, why would he trust me to work on a presentation?
I'm writing this to ask anyone if they were a slow-starting intern or if they knew a slow-starting intern. How do I turn things around? What can I focus on/change to tighten up my work product? I'm trying my hardest to be careful and thoughtful, but it's so far away from enough that it's humiliating for me.