General advice

  • On carving out your career path: you can spend a whole lifetime getting to know a single industry well and figuring out how everything fits together. There are millions of ways to carve out a career in many given fields and you might not be aware of these ways when you are just starting out. When meeting other people, who aren’t necessarily in your industry, be curious and listen to what those people do. The more people you meet and the more questions you ask, the more different perspectives you will get on your career path. Engaging with other people will help you to think about your career differently, help you feel less constricted if you are unhappy, and may lead you to discover opportunities that you were previously not aware of. Some of these connections may also turn into relationships and may lead to job opportunities further down the road. Being genuinely curious about others and empathetic are two qualities of people who are often very successful. Matt also advises that there really is no mistake that you can make in terms of career choices, as every mistake is an opportunity to learn and grow. 
  • Learn to differentiate between someone’s title and their capabilities, and always say thank you: Matt’s piece of advice to himself when he was first starting out his career would be to understand that just because someone has a title or a certain platform, does not mean that they know everything and that they have an infallible skillset. As a junior person going into any particular industry, it is easy to get intimidated or to think that someone with a fancy title knows a lot or makes all of the right decisions. While this could certainly be true, it is not always the case. Matt also advises that you should always follow up with anyone who has done you a favour or helped you in any way and say thank you. 

This is an excerpt from the post written by Experience Share, based on their interview with Matt Thomas on 14/01/2021. Matt has over 20 years of experience in finance and management. To see the entire post and listen to the audio, click here.

  • I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with some inspirational leaders who have imparted brilliant general career advice. But the best advice I’ve been given was small and specific, and I’ve used it more than any other. Fairly early on in my career, a Partner pointed out that I was always factual / knowledgeable with our clients, but rarely influential. Harsh, but true. He said, “Look, Ken, when my kids come down to breakfast, I never ask what they want to have for breakfast. Instead I ask, ‘do you want porridge or weetabix?’ We all want choice, but unlimited choice is counterproductive. I focus their minds – and I’ve preselected the options.” The lesson was clear, and it made me a much more effective adviser.

The above is an excerpt from a post written by Ken Afrah on 27/09/2020. Ken has 9 years of experience in Finance, Audit and Consulting. To see the entire post, click here.

  • Do not conflate efficiency with laziness. If cutting a corner saves time, without compromising the quality of the work or a first class service for the client – do it.

The above is an excerpt from a post written by Salim C. on 21/09/2020. Salim has 8 years of experience in Mergers & Acquisitions. To see the entire post, click here.

  • To get better at your job, ask a wide circle of others for feedback and advice. Set up catch-up meetings with people who see your work on your team, people who don’t see your work in your or other departments. Industry veterans who know the skills and behaviours star analysts have in common are an invaluable source of information.

The above is an excerpt from a post written by Paulina Sokolova on 22/06/2020. Paulina has 7 years of experience in Equity Research. To see the entire post, click here.