Getting to work with the team for sure. I was surprised by how quickly they took me on board, trusted me with client-facing responsibilities and treated me like a full member of the team. I found it rewarding that I was able to work on projects and difficult problems that were important to our clients from the get-go. Plus, I liked the challenge of having a steep learning curve.
Private markets tend to be very opaque information-wise, and so the training I received on fund structures, a typical fundraise process and our current market intel was invaluable. This helped me get a good sense for how the market works, and when combined with the technical skills I picked up during my internship, put me in a great position to move into a graduate role. I also think the soft skills that I developed in problem solving, communicating and presenting information were critical going into my final year of university.
We all work on a few deals and projects at any given time, so getting comfortable with managing priorities and keeping your stakeholders updated will help. I’d definitely suggest taking time to get used to new workflows and tasks, and trying to take an outsider’s perspective when reviewing work to pre-empt any feedback at an early stage. Having a good grounding in finance and private equity is also essential to hit the ground running.