Starting your career

  • Advice Boris would give to himself when he first started his career: Boris shared a story about how he stopped pursuing a job at Google in 2005 as he wanted to pursue his goal of working for an investment bank. While the job at Google at the time would probably not have paid as much as a bank, the opportunities from taking that job could have been huge. The advice is do not chase the immediate money! Make sure you love what you do and the money will come later. Secondly, when thinking about accepting a new job, make sure you know exactly what you will be doing on a day-to-day basis before you go there and have a good understanding of the skills that you’re going to learn in that role and how they’re going to open up new opportunities for you. Finally, be patient if you’re looking for jobs. You’re better off waiting for a job that is a better opportunity for you.

This is an excerpt from the post written by Experience Share, based on their interview with Boris Vilidnitsky on 10/11/2020. Boris has 15 years of work experience in IT, finance and entrepreneurship. To see the entire post, click here.

  • On getting work experience prior to deciding on a career path: Karina recommends this 100%. Among other internships, Karina completed internships in Equity Derivatives Sales, in Marketing at a luxury department store in Paris, in traditional Investment Banking and in Equity Research, before starting a full-time role working on the Luxury Goods team in Equity Research. Karina says that while you may have different ideas about what different roles are like, from talking to people who work there and reading about it, you don’t fully understand what it’s like until you go through it yourself. Having many of these experiences allows you to learn more about yourself and to narrow it down and pinpoint what it is about work that drives you. You’ll make a much more informed choice about your first job. 

This is an excerpt from the post written by Experience Share, based on their interview with Karina Klocanas on 15/11/2020. Karina has 6 years of experience in finance and strategy. To see the entire post and listen to the audio, click here.

  • On starting your career at the Big 4: working at a Big 4 firm will set you up with a lot of skills, which makes it a great place to start your career. From the very beginning, there is an expectation that you figure things out quickly and add value, albeit with support there if you do need it. You work on many different projects and interact with many clients and internal members of the firm, which teaches you great people skills. You get an excellent grounding in finance and accounting basics. You also learn how to manage others very early on, including learning how to delegate. However, when you first start, remember to be humble and be willing to learn as you are starting from the bottom. Work is not like university where you are competing against yourself, in a way, to earn a specific score, but rather, you are in an environment with many talented and driven people competing against each other.  

This is an excerpt from the post written by Experience Share, based on their interview with Kristine Chong on 29/01/2021. Kristine has 10 years of experience in finance To see the entire post and listen to the audio, click here.