How to do well in unstructured environment?

Analyst 1 in Other

Hi all, I'm an analyst in a rotational program that gives me access to several investing and non-investing groups at a big firm. Pros: I do best in unstructured environments and a lot of the teams I'm working with are very relevant to the subset of investing I want to work in long term. Cons: since I'm going through teams at < 6 months per rotation, I sometimes feel like I don't have enough to do on a daily basis and am not sure if I'm optimizing the skillset I can get here (I want to recruit outside of the firm at the end of the program).

So far, in addition to helping out teams on their deals/memos as those come up, I've been asking for more individual responsibility/involvement, trying to ask intelligent questions and read lots about the industry we invest in, pass relevant certifications, and practice case studies and modeling off of old files I have access to. I've also scheduled the teams I'm working with so my skillset will build upon itself. Does anyone have other ideas for things I can be proactive about and ask for?

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  • Analyst 1 in Other
Feb 21, 2020

If your goal is to recruit outside, than this is the best opportunity for you. Think about it. You have time to learn and improve yourself. And you can also use the time to network outside the company (i.e. take phone calls) and justify it by saying you are speaking with "experts" or external to get a understanding of the market.

Also, more teams you rotate through will increase the chance that you will connect with somebody that will go to bat for your during reference calls or might even hire you later down the line.

  • Analyst 1 in Other
Feb 21, 2020
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