Volume 10 Issue 1 | 2018
the recapÂ O-Week Edition
Market Recap Yu Ann ChinÂ
student articles Exclusive Interviews with Sponsors
Make it Happen
TABLE OF CONTENTS MARKET RECAP
2 Capital w executive team 2018 Meet the Executives!
3 Presidents' welcome Ashley Chen & Lily Zhang
4 MARKET RECAP Yu Ann Chin
5 six months in copenhagen Henrietta Chui
6 subcommittee application tips Caitlin Howle
7 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Exclusive Interview with Freya Kong
13 j.P.Morgan Exclusive Interview with Rimshi
14 l.e.k. Exclusive 'Day in the Life' with Ellen Law
15 macquarie Exclusive Interview with Haneke Manoharan
16 oliver wyman Exclusive Interview with Katherine Schade
17 PWc Exclusive Interview with Vanessa Banh
18 uber Exclusive Interview with Harriet Johnston
19 UBS Exclusive Interview with Yafei Fang
21 recruitment calendar A valuable source for deadlines regarding internships, graduate programs and special opportunities!
MEET THE EXECUTIVE TEAM
Presidents' Welcome ASHLEY CHEN & LILY ZHANG (CO-PRESIDENTS 2018)
MARKET RECAP YU ANN CHIN Australia Despite moderate growth in the last quarter of 2017, the Australian economy may experience some difficulty as it faces stagnant wage growth, a slowing housing market and subdued commodity prices as a result of China’s lowering demand for those exports. In the government’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook published in December, modest growth in household consumption was highlighted as contributing to the revising of forecasted real growth for 2017-8 from 2.75% to 2.5%. Business investment appears to be on the uptake, with 5% expected growth in non-mining investment. As of 6 February, the Reserve Bank decided to leave the cash rate on hold at 1.5%.
China Growth in 2018 is forecasted at 6.25%. While China maintained strong growth throughout 2017, it is expected to slow to more moderate levels in coming years to reflect slowing infrastructure investment and greater tightening of financial regulations as the government attempts to address financial sector risks.
United States Growth in 2018 is forecasted at 2.25%. Growth in the US continues to develop at rates beyond expectations. In early February, the announcement that unemployment rates have fallen to 17-year lows prompted a huge drop in Wall Street with the anticipation of the Federal Reserve hiking up interest rates sooner than expected. Additionally, the Federal Reserve has also begun winding back quantitative easing in response to growth, initiating graduated reductions in the rollover of maturing securities.
Europe Growth in 2018 is forecasted at 1.75%. Falling unemployment rates across European countries, greater consumption, investment and trade have all contributed to growth. However, uncertainty surrounding the ongoing Brexit negotiations continues to drive fragility in the European banking sector.
SIX MONTHS IN COPENHAGEN HOW THE DANES MAKE IT HAPPEN With an overwhelming number of bikes, a slightly underwhelming Little Mermaid and beautiful coloured houses, Copenhagen is one of the must-visit destinations for travellers. I was fortunate enough to call Copenhagen home for six-months as I studied abroad at Copenhagen Business School. Here are some lesser-known and quirkier aspects of Danish culture and some thoughts on how they might be a lot closer to home than we first think.
Danes are like coconuts
Henrietta Chui Vice President (Activities)
Whilst on exchange, I heard a funny expression often used to describe the locals; that “Danes are like
travel to find new opportunities and experiences –
coconuts”. I soon learnt that Danes and Scandinavians
through societies, courses or volunteering, there’s so
have a reputation for being a bit harder to crack and open
many ways to build your very own university
up. They may seem a little furry and coarse on the
outside but once you get to know them they’re actually incredibly friendly people with a refreshingly different
sense of humour. So, what or who are your ‘coconuts’?
Lego is universally known and loved, yet very few
Whether its learning a tough new skill, applying for your
people know that it originated in Demark. During my
first internship or striking up a conversation with a
time abroad, I saw some of the most incredible Lego
stranger in a tutorial, I’m sure we all have something we
structures, including an enormous Lego Big Ben. It’s
have yet to confront and make happen. In my case,
amazing what seemingly unrelated pieces of different
learning the local language as part of my coursework
sizes and colours can build. A constructivist approach
was definitely a tough challenge but was ultimately a
can be pivotal to embracing difference and diversity.
great ice breaker with local students.
Despite Danish society being fairly homogenous, diversity was generally embraced and welcomed. Gender
parity was expected and respected; I continually saw
The most traditional Danish dish I encountered on
strong female role models in my professors, peers and
exchange was called smorrebrød, open-faced
guest speakers. We built on each other’s ideas, embraced
sandwiches. It involves thin slices of dark, nutty rye
teamwork and connected all our unique pieces to build a
bread paired with a variety of different toppings and
strong female voice. It was energising, inspiring and
condiments. Some of these were strange (pickled herring
something we certainly strive towards at Capital W.
and curried fish) and some delicious (roast beef and onions). Whilst I was hesitant to try many of the strange
Coconuts, sandwiches and Lego aren’t obvious things
flavour combinations, I decided to anyway and was
you expect to associate with Denmark. But whether I was
always pleasantly surprised! Whether it’s trying out the
cruising the canals of Copenhagen, dancing on tables at
local cuisine, jumping at opportunities to travel or trying
Oktoberfest or husky-sledding in Finland, I’ve learnt to
to finish an assignment whilst living in a campervan in
expect the unexpected. Travel takes us to foreign and
Iceland, you don't need to
disparate places but there’s always lessons to learn and bring back home with us.
SUBCOMMITTEE APPLICATION TIPS CAITLIN HOWLE (HR CO-DIRECTOR)
As a naĂŻve first year student, I stepped
Receiving an email to say I had a
into UNSW not knowing what a
position in the subcommittee came as
society subcommittee was. However,
a great and unexpected surprise.
thanks to the great Capital W team at
Getting to work with the Capital W
O-Week, I was introduced to a society
team is something I am truly excited
that I immediately envisioned myself
about and I am looking forward to
becoming a part of.
working within the HR portfolio this coming year.
The subcommittee application process for Capital W was extremely
My top 3 tips for subcommittee
professional and one that I believe has
prepared me for when I begin internship and graduate applications.
1. Do as much research as you can
The process to join the subcommittee
about the society you are applying for.
began with a written application where
Having a wide knowledge about the
prospective applicants were required
events they have run in the past and
to detail why they wanted to join the
any sponsors they may have
subcommittee and the submission of a
demonstrates you are interested in the
From this point, I was invited to an
2. Be prepared to suggest new ideas
interview with two of the Capital W
you might have for the society. They
Executive team members. The
will appreciate your innovation and
interview was a great challenge for me
interest in contributing to the society.
as I had not previously been exposed to a formal interview environment. I
3. Be yourself in your interview and
left the interview with a great learning
written application. Your interviewers
experience, and I would highly
are just people who read your
recommend applying for a
application to learn more about you
subcommittee to gain experience in
and see how you could fit into the
the application process.
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Exclusive Interview with Freya Kong Freya Kong Analyst, Global Research
What is your background? I am an Equity Research Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, working on the Insurance and Diversified Financials team. I was previously a summer intern and was very happy to come back to join the graduate program at the start of last year. I studied Commerce at UNSW while undertaking an accounting cadetship. What motivated you to pursue your current line of work and aspect of it do you find most rewarding? I have always had an interest in the financial markets, and also really enjoyed my economics subjects at university. I like that every day at work is quite different and often depends on what the market decides to throw at you. The work is challenging, and at times stressful, but ultimately I find it exciting and rewarding because I’m learning new things every day, helping to produce impactful research and working with very smart people. The theme of this publication is “Make it Happen”. How is this reflected in your daily routine? I get into work between 7-7:30 every day, and spend my time on the train catching up on overnight news. At 7:45, we have our daily morning meeting where we get a rundown of overnight market movements from our traders, and our analysts share their latest reports and ideas with the sales desk. My typical day will be spent helping my lead analyst work on a research report for either a sector or company we cover. On more interesting days, we may take client meetings, host corporate access events or meet with management. What role in your career have you found most challenging and why? Work can be challenging, mostly intellectually, but sometimes resilience is also needed. I’m still very early into my career but have already come across some very
interesting characters and situations. I think it’s important to be brave, embrace challenges even if they put you out of your comfort zone but also stand your ground where necessary. I work in a field where everybody is encouraged to form strong views, so learning to understand the viewpoints of others and developing powers of persuasion can be quite important. It also helps to have thick skin at times! Where do you see important progress needing to be made regarding the role of women in the workplace? It has definitely been reassuring to see more young women enter our field through our internship/graduate programs, as well as many campus recruiting events I’ve taken part in. I think it’s an important foundation for the future, but looking around me at work, I can still see there is work to be done. I think training and education would be helpful at all levels, and support for mobility and diversity needs to continue coming from the top. What tips can you provide to students looking to apply for an internship or graduate position soon? Do your research. Understand what you’re interested in and marry that up to the diverse range of opportunities out there. The first thing a future employer will want to see is someone who is hungry and interested. I’ve found that reaching out to people who’ve been in your place previously can give a more holistic overview of a role than a vague online job description. Recently there has been a rise in the number of mentoring programs for future female leaders in the business world. How have your own mentors contributed to you career? My own interest in the industry was kick-started by attending a Capital W Annual Dinner. I originally attended as a favour for a friend, but ended up taking away so much from one night. Getting to sit down and have proper conversations with people already in the industry got me asking questions. I went home, did my own research and realised I wanted to work in markets/research. I think it’s important to find someone at work who will coach you, vouch for you and look out for you. I was lucky enough to find some great mentors; people who followed me from the start of my internship interviews through to my role today as a graduate.
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Exclusive Interview with Rimshi Rimshi Analyst, Performance and Risk
What is your role within JP Morgan? My role in J.P. Morgan is within custody and funds services as part of performance and risk analytics. This is an exciting place to be in the Australian market because J.P. Morgan is the largest custody holder. Performance and risk analytics provides insights for clients about where their returns are generated. Our business continues to grow, offering many opportunities to learn and develop new skills. How would you describe the working environment at your firm? The culture of J.P. Morgan can be described as “opportunistic.” J.P. Morgan puts the responsibility on individuals to build themselves, but at the same time ensures that all the resources they’ll need are available every step along the way. You won’t have a moment in the business where you feel like you’re not supported or you don’t have anyone to go to for advice. Why did you choose J.P. Morgan? I choose J.P. Morgan initially because of its global reputation but after I joined I have realized it has so much more to offer than just prestige. The people of J.P. Morgan are its biggest asset. While the work can be challenging, I try to remember that when I’m uncomfortable it means I’m learning and stretching my skills. You are in charge of your own development, but J.P. Morgan provides tools such as online learning and classroom sessions to help you. Apart from this you have to learn to leverage your network and emulate key aspiring aspects from the people you interact with on a daily basis.
What tips can you provide to students looking to apply for an internship or graduate position soon? Don’t hesitate to apply because you are from a different discipline. Although technical finance knowledge may help in the industry, it is not the only aspect that managers are looking for in candidates. If you are from a different discipline you will approach and solve problems differently than your peers and this may be your selling factor. For example, I personally have a science background and present different theoretical and practical solutions that focus more on the phycology and thought processes of my target audiences. What are some of the most rewarding aspects of working in this firm? One of the best aspects of being employed at J.P. Morgan is its inclusive culture. We have a flat organization that allows you to approach people for help, advice and to build relationships. This has provided me with an avenue to explore a multitude of extracurricular activities and business resource groups that fall outside of my direct line of business. Through participating in these and being an active member within the J.P. Morgan community, I’ve been able to grow and develop many skills including public speaking, presentations, networking and event organization. What challenges or experiences would you like to take on this year and how do you believe it will motivate or change you? Even though I don’t have a clear idea right now in terms of my career path, being part of the Global Analyst Development Program allows you to rotate to another role after a year to learn more about what you like. Most importantly, I’m developing skills including communicating with key stakeholders, using my creativity for solution designing, project planning and using my technical CFA knowledge to familiarize myself with different areas of the business and the products they offer. I can say with certainty that I will be in J.P. Morgan for the long-run with many more opportunities to come.
A ‘Standard’ Day at L.E.K. Ellen Law, Associate L.E.K. Consulting
Having spent a year now at L.E.K. as an Associate, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. In the process of navigating through the grad applications as my Bachelor of Commerce degree came to an end, I think back to the two major things I was looking for: somewhere that would satisfy my love for learning, and somewhere that would encourage collaboration and celebrate team successes. And luckily for me, that’s what I found at L.E.K. As an Associate you work with a bigger case team for a period ranging from 3 weeks to up a number of months – it all depends on the type of case. Over my first year at L.E.K., the cases have all been unique – from a company seeking to purchase an entertainment provider, to an organisation seeking to understand the economic benefits of deploying an app, to a company seeking to diagnose the root cause of decreasing employee morale. My daily activities for each of these cases has been so different, and therefore it’s hard to condense everything into ‘one day’ (but that’s almost the beauty of it all)! The task list varies day by day, but over the past year my days have included analysing survey results, performing secondary research on a whole variety of topics, working knee-deep in Excel analysis, creating the PowerPoint slides for our final client packs and holding many discussions with clients, customers, suppliers and employees. All these tasks have helped me build on a range of skills around technical analysis, synthesis of large amounts of information
information into communicable insights, managing a variety of case demands, building client relationships and much more. But most importantly, work has always pushed me to just ‘ have a go’. While the day-to-day task list may be different, most of my mornings consist of a team catchup to discuss our plan of attack for the day. Following that, and particularly for new associates, there are more informal check-ins during the day to make sure you’re still on the right track and to answer any questions that come up. Very often, my day to day also involves drawing on other associates’ knowledge around certain tasks or industries too. And to break up the day, there are other small things that we do regularly, including a cryptic crossword that is completed together over lunch and a daily pop quiz at 3:30 which gets rather competitive around the office! While the variety of work I got exposure to at L.E.K. really made my first year enjoyable, what really deserves mention are the exceptional people that I get to work with each day – individuals who are naturally inquisitive and incredibly gifted, and also down-to-earth and generous with their time. The amount of support I’ve received has far surpassed my expectations, particularly from my buddy, who being only a year more advanced really helped me settle into L.E.K. smoothly, and my career coach who has never failed to provide strong words of advice. All of these things together have definitely enriched my first year at L.E.K.
Exclusive Interview with Haneke Manoharan Haneke Manoharan Analyst, Macquarie Capital
What is your background? I studied Commerce and Law at Monash University, majoring in Finance. I am an Analyst in Equity Capital Markets within Macquarie Capital. My team assists companies in raising capital including taking private companies public via an IPO process of listing on the ASX. My day to day work may involve looking at equity markets domestically and globally, working closely with various mergers and acquisitions teams in advising clients who want to raise capital and more general transaction or business analysis. What motivated you to pursue your current line of work and aspect of it do you find most rewarding? I was motivated to apply for Macquarie Capital because I found myself quite interested in finance at university. I found my major both engaging and challenging. I found subjects such as financial analysis and valuation, and corporate finance quite helpful in developing a foundation upon which to build my skills on the job. Whilst the finance components were helpful, they weren’t essential to my transition into the role. Most of what I have learnt has been on the job and I’ve felt incredibly lucky to learn from so many talented and intelligent people. I’ve also learnt that the skills you learn in a variety of degrees can be helpful at Macquarie Capital; if you have a knowledge base of something niche, it’s valued and can assist in your role. My current role as an Analyst is rewarding because it’s fast-paced, dynamic and always engaging. Rarely does a day go by where I’m not challenged and I find that I’m constantly learning – which I love. The theme of this publication is “Make it Happen”. How is this reflected in your daily routine? In any role, there are always going to be occasions where you find yourself in challenging situations that are
are stretching your capabilities and taking you out of your comfort zone. The approach I’ve taken to these situations has been to just give everything a go and not let fear of the unknown hold me back. That approach in itself results in a “make it happen” attitude, because so long as you’re challenging yourself and willing to give things a go, a lot of time you’ll accomplish things you may not have thought you could. What tips would you provide to students looking to apply for an internship or graduate position? It’s important to thoroughly prepare for your interview and be yourself. Apply for jobs you’re genuinely interested in, be open-minded and use the interview process as a way to determine whether it's the right role for you. The interview process can be daunting, but usually the thought of the interview process is more daunting than it actually is. No one expects you to turn up knowing everything there is to know about the role and the company. Being interested and keen to learn is something that a lot of companies look for. A lot of people don’t apply because they self-select out, but don’t let fear hold you back and just give it a go – you never know where you might end up. How did you manage the transition from university to the workplace? Were there any experiences which you believed helped ease you into the corporate world? My part-time jobs at university really helped me ease into the corporate world. The soft skills you learn are very useful. Can you tell us a little about Macquarie’s culture and environment? What sets it apart? The culture is what motivated me to intern at Macquarie and this remains true in my role now. I feel very lucky to be able to work with such intelligent, down-to-earth and approachable people in a team-orientated environment. The people at Macquarie Capital are genuinely invested in your learning and development and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to learn from them. The work environment is refreshing and it’s somewhere I’m happy to walk into every morning.
Exclusive Interview with Katherine Schade Katherine Schade Engagement Manager, Financial Services Team
What is your background? I am from the U.S and studied Economics and Public Policy at Dartmouth College. Afterwards, I moved to New York and started working as a management consultant for Oliver Wyman. Four years later I moved to Sydney, where I’ve been for almost a year. I’ve mostly focused on the financial services industry in my career, covering anything from market entry strategy to modelling a business’s expected losses. I now specialise in risk management and manage a team of consultants to help our clients solve their key strategic questions. What motivated you to pursue your current line of work and aspect of it do you find most rewarding? Travel! This was definitely the main feature that drew me into consulting. But while I am grateful for the lifestyle, what’s made me stay in consulting are the dynamic challenges we face and the resulting opportunity for intellectual creativity. Every time we have a new client, it’s my team’s job to break the problem down into solvable pieces - it really pushes you to think both logically and creatively. The theme of this publication is “Make it Happen”. How is this reflected in your daily routine? Consulting is all about making things happen! Each project starts with very broad, theoretical discussions and through structured analysis manifests into an actionable solution. We often work with very short timelines, which means procrastination is not an option. My solution is to focus on being present and fully invested in my job. I care about getting the best answer for a client, which makes a long ‘to do’ list less daunting. What role in your career have you found most challenging and why? Managing a team has been the most challenging so far.
It can be easy to perfect your own way of doing things, but it is a much longer journey to accommodate another person’s style. There is a lot of trial and error in learning what resonates with another person, so I’ve had to work on my patience and empathy. Since my team typically changes with each project, I am continuously adapting and refining my approach. What tips can you provide to students looking to apply for an internship or graduate position soon? While having a good resume and cover letter is important, interviews are what really get you the job. My advice is to practice with someone, but make sure it’s someone who will take it seriously, push you on your answers, provide constructive criticism and challenge you to be your best. Despite this, take a breath! While securing an internship or graduate position with a certain company can seem like a make or break opportunity, know that so many more will present themselves down the line. How did you manage the transition from university to the workplace? Any opportunity to undertake real and messy problems will be helpful in making the transition. For example, the Public Policy department at my university had research projects for the state legislature that students like myself could get involved in. These complex, nebulous problems showed me that there are so many more moving pieces and human factors than you see in a textbook. This real world exposure softened some of the surprises of the corporate world. Recently there has been a rise in the number of mentoring programs for future female leaders in the business world. How have your own mentors contributed to your career? I think it’s important to emphasise the distinction between mentorship and sponsorship. While a mentor can give you advice based on their own experiences, this alone won’t propel female leaders. What is vital is to have a sponsor who will go beyond advice and actually take action, standing up for you to help others recognise your value and open channels for you to progress.
Exclusive Interview with Vanessa Banh Vanessa Banh Associate, Technology Consulting
What is your background? I grew up in Sydney and completed my HSC at Hurlstone Agricultural High School. I started my career in Pharmacy but after completing my studies and an internship to become a registered Pharmacist, I decided to change careers. After I became a registered Pharmacist in early 2014, I started my Master of Information Technology at UTS. I started at PwC as part of the Graduate Program for Technology Consulting. My current role is an Associate and I have now been at PwC for almost a year and a half. How did you choose your specialisation? Were you weighing up any other alternatives before choosing this specialisation? I chose IT because I knew there were many different areas you could explore. When I started my IT degree I didn’t have a clear idea of exactly what I wanted to specialise in. To help me make my choice, I also did internships at J.P. Morgan and Commonwealth Bank of Australia. What I learnt about myself after my studies and work experiences was that I enjoyed the challenge of picking up something I had never done before and becoming skilled in that area. I decided that Technology Consulting would provide me with the variety and challenges to help me thrive. What was your interview process like? What kind of questions were you asked? There were two stages in the interview process: a case study interview and a general one. The case study interview was a mock case study similar to the types of projects or problems a consultant would solve. I was asked to provide a solution and highlight risks of issues. The general interview was more of a casual get-toknow-you interview where I was asked about my experiences, what I liked to do outside work and what interested me in a career at PwC. In the end it was the
interviews which helped me choose PwC over my other offers. I was interviewed by a Director and Senior Manager who I could really see myself working with so I decided to join the team at PwC. Suppose a student was considering your career. What would you advise them to study? Are there are soft skills it would be beneficial for them to develop? I would advise them to study what they love and pursue their passions. PwC does not hire based on what you study but looks at everything that makes up a candidate. Soft skills and previous work experience is really important but can be in any area with any company. PwC looks for diverse experiences in their candidates because we want fresh perspectives to drive out-of-the-box thinking. Any experience you have is valuable, so take time to reflect on what you learnt and don’t discount it if it isn’t directly related to what you’re applying for. What do you love most about your job? What are the biggest limitations? What I love most about my job is how I am able to experience different roles, projects, clients and industries. In doing so, I have been able to meet and work with all sorts of amazing people and have had the opportunity to learn valuable lessons from them. PwC also has an amazing flexible work policy and takes an outcomebased approach to how we work rather than focussing on the hours. The biggest limitation of my job is that you are sometimes required to travel for a project (which may be a benefit for some people). The theme of this ReCap is “Make it Happen”. How is this reflected in your daily routine? Being organised and having a plan is the key to making something happen. I start my day by spending 15 minutes organising my tasks and goals by priority, then I plan on how I can achieve each one. Small tasks are easy and anyone can complete these, but the large goals can be daunting. By having a plan in place, I am able to work towards a larger goal in smaller more manageable tasks. It is important to not give up if something doesn’t go according to plan, but to work on adjusting your plan to stay on course. Finally, the most important thing is to remember to celebrate all your successes as you achieve them!
Exclusive Interview with Harriet Johnston Harriet Johnston UberEATS Operations Associate
Harriet’s Background Harriet studied Law and International Studies at Bond University. While at uni she did an exchange in Buenos Aires and interned and worked at as many places as she could. This included DLA Piper, PwC, the Minerals Council of Australia, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service and in retail and restaurant roles across the Gold Coast. Harriet used university as an opportunity to try as many different things as possible. After finishing her degree, Harriet deferred her grad job and moved to Central America for 12 months. While away she worked with a non-for-profit, Surf For Life, in Nicaragua, taught yoga and travelled north to California on a combination of motorbikes and cars. As cliché as the trip sounds (and it was) it completely changed her perspective on work and lifestyle priorities and gave invaluable insight into the impact of culture and opportunity on people’s approach to work and life. Moving back to Australia, Harriet commenced her deferred grad role at DLA Piper where she settled in Mergers & Acquisitions. Within a couple of years it was clear to her that while law is an incredibly rewarding and exciting career path for some, it wasn’t for her, but she still had no idea what she wanted to do longer term. Harriet reached out to old friends and people she had worked with, and it was through this process that she came across Uber Eats through a friend that had worked at Uber for several years. Chatting about the upcoming Sydney launch, the anticipated growth and the types of people being brought onto the team, she jumped at the opportunity despite having virtually none of the hard skills traditionally held in a similar role. Now working at Uber Eats, Harriet works across different aspects of the business. She most recently launched an integrated marketing campaign called Tonight I’ll be Eating which so far has been largely successful
successful, and has also worked across restaurant account management process and how Uber Eats approaches quality with their restaurant partners. While Harriet described the experience as feeling a lot like “a duck on water”, she has loved all the new challenges and has learnt a lot about throwing herself at the chance to work with great people in an often uncomfortable environment. How did you manage the transition from university to full-time work? Harriet described her transition as a process that is as scary or exciting as you make it; stating “It’s a matter of not overthinking it too much, it’s easy to get trapped around the conversation around internships. I look back to the time after graduation and my friends and I all ended up in similar places; we just took different paths to get there. It’s all about jumping at opportunities and weighing in and juggling the risks. Do that, and you’ll end up learning a lot and having fun along the way.” Do you have any advice for students applying for internships and graduate roles? Harriet recommends first taking a big breath. She said there are a million ways into great roles and companies, you might just have to take a different approach to getting there. Take time to read job descriptions, she emphasised, “They are so often written with a whole bunch of unconscious bias such as “competitive” vs “supportive” and “ninja” vs “collaborative.” Don’t let the face value JD deter you, close doors or potentially stop you chasing the right opportunities. “Do your due diligence and know which industries/companies are known for having opportunities or barriers, but don’t let that necessarily stop you.” What is your view on the advancement of females in the corporate world? From a female perspective, Uber has had an interesting journey over the past few year but the business’ response has always been amazing. Harriet thinks the company has been doing a great job at setting up the infrastructure for women to build great careers at the company. Harriet also shared her opinion that feminism and women in the workplace should never be a zero-sum game, but rather a collaborative effort between both genders and ultimately pitched at mutual benefit.
Exclusive Interview with Yafei Fang Yafei Fang Analyst, Global Industrials Group Corporate Client Solutions
What is your background? I studied a Bachelor of Commerce and Economics at UNSW. I was part of Capital W throughout my time at university, serving as President in my final year. I interned at UBS as a Summer Analyst in the Corporate Client Solutions division, commonly known as Investment Banking. I returned as a graduate, joining UBS' Power, Utilities and Infrastructure team before rotating into the Global Industrials Group where I currently work. What aspect of your current position do you find most rewarding? My interest in public markets and corporate finance are what led me to pursue a role in Investment Banking. It’s a challenging role with a lot of responsibility early on, and a steep learning curve that I find appealing. The work can be incredibly rewarding and varied. I have been fortunate enough to work with governments on privatisations, with ASX-listed companies on public M&A defence roles, and large private companies on acquisitions. It is most rewarding when clients and stakeholders are happy with the final outcome of a deal as well as the journey we have taken them on throughout the transaction. The theme of this publication is “Make it Happen”. How is this reflected in your daily routine? At the beginning of each year I set a range of goals reflecting upon what was accomplished in the previous year. They tend to fall in the categories of health, lifestyle and career. On a monthly basis I’ll set out specific goals, such as how many times I want to exercise or go see my friends, or what I want to achieve at work to further my career. Those monthly goals get filtered down into daily tasks.
Where do you see important progress needing to be made regarding the role of women in the workplace? I think encouraging greater workplace flexibility for both women and men, and normalising equal shared home and parental responsibility will be the key to progressing the role of women in the workplace. What tips can you provide to students looking to apply for an internship or graduate position soon? My first tip would be to speak to a range of firms about the positions you’re interested in so that you can make an informed the decision at the end of the day. Ask about the firm culture, speak to them about their day to day tasks, and understand what’s expected of the role. I did this myself and found it was very helpful in deciding what to apply for, and choosing between offers. You really have to be speaking to employees to get a feel of the nuances between company cultures. Secondly, practice interviews with friends or in front of the mirror - record yourself if you want. Recently there has been a rise in the number of mentoring programs for future female leaders in the business world. How have your own mentors contributed to you career? I would say the best mentors are the ones that happen organically. The best mentors I’ve had are those who were seniors on a team I worked in, or slightly older peers with enough experience to provide guidance. My mentors have been helpful in providing me with perspective on my current career and life, versus my long-term outlook and goals. I have found them helpful in pointing out areas I need to develop and opportunities I should be taking on. They’ve also helped improve my confidence in taking on tasks slightly outside my comfort zone, which I think is important as some women tend to underestimate themselves. It’s helpful to have someone there to push you.
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