It's a slow Friday, so figured I'd take a walk down memory lane... feel free to add things I miss.
1. Your reputation.
You are building your reputation on day 1, and the first 3 - 6 months will define your reputation for the next 2 years.
2. Who's Important?
Figure out who the important people are in your group and do great work for them; learn to push back on everyone else.
3. private equity recruiting.
If you're going to do PE recruiting main cycle, decide and prepare early. You need to get the practice in early to succeed
4. Ask questions, but not stupid questions.
People want to see that you're thinking about your work, and trying to think about the bigger picture, but don't ask things you can google or find on the drive or find by asking another analyst
5. Always print and check your work.
Errors appear when you print. Find them before your VP / associate do.
6. Work efficiently.
If you can outsource work, do it. If you have a graphics team, use them. Attention to detail is very important, but no need to waste time on tedious shit that you can have someone else take a first pass at. Use logointern.com, bamsec.com, mappingintern.com, etc. Save yourself time for the stuff that matters.
7. Specific behavioral tips:
- Stop talking about "college" around anyone more senior than an analyst - it just highlights the age gap
- There's a fine line between not speaking enough and speaking too much. For everyone and every group, this is different. Try to find and hug that line. In the first ~6 months, err on the side of caution.
- Nothing ventured, nothing gained. After you've built trust with your teams, ask for things. If you want to go to a meeting, ask your associate / VP if you / they can ask the director / MD. Chances are, even if it's a no, it will reflect well on you for showing the initiative. Maybe they'll bring you next time.
Have at it, monkeys.
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