How to approach opportunity?

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Rank: Baboon | banana points 144

Okay so I have been interning at Barlcays PLC in london for the past month. Later this week I will have the opportunity to go to BarCap for a day, however I don't know how to approach this opporunity.

What do I ask?

Can I mention where I live and that I am interested in working at Bar Cap back in the states?

Obviously its only day, but how can I get the most out of this experience?

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Comments (7)

Apr 18, 2011

Network, network, network. Make as many contacts at barcap as you can

Apr 18, 2011

can I mention I am a freshman and that I would be interested in an internship for the summer the follwoing year, seeing as I currently have taken no finance classes? I guess I just have to try and get my name out there to as many people as possible...

I will obviously try to learn as much as I can, but are there any specific questions I should ask?

appreciate the response, all advice is appreciated thanks!

Apr 18, 2011

You should always try to learn what ever you can, however since you are a freshman you are better off trying to meet as many people as possible.

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Apr 18, 2011

Ok thanks. I guess best case is they can get me an internship back in the US. IF not I will just try to make some contacts and learn as much as I can

Apr 19, 2011

courses dont count in informal meetings.

The London Barcap guys are mostly nice and if they let you shadow them for a day they will be prepared for you to ask them about future possibilities.

I would approach it this way:

1) be nice and polite and just appear as interested in the industry
2) ask smart questions
3) if you have a minute with someone, ask him about their internship program and that you would love to intern there because what you have seen was cool. Ask them about rotations and whatever and how hard it is to get a place
4) he'll give you his card at some point (even if he is not considereing helping you)
5) you ask him at the end whether it would be ok if you would contact him at some point regarding the internship (ths is where i would express the interest in the US)
6) if he agrees, you send your cv once recruiting comes and ask him to forward it
7) if he doesnt agree you use the insight and contacts on your normal application (which also helps a lot)

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Apr 18, 2011

Thanks awp, that is exactly what I am looking for. really appreciate. sent you a pm too if you don't mind.

Apr 18, 2011