Orly: Not only will I take away my improved technical skills, including Excel, financial statement analysis, and credit analysis, but I will also take with me my newfound confidence. I’m leaving this HSBC internship feeling comfortable advocating for myself, being proactive, asking questions, seeking feedback, and with excitement for my future.
Nicholas: The list of things I will take away is endless. The training we received was excellent, there I was able to learn many crucial skills ranging from financial modeling all the way to trade and receivables. By working with my team I was able to gain essential hands-on experience in the commercial banking world. The connections I made with my fellow interns, team, and around the entire bank are also priceless.
Do you like WFH/virtually? Although quite a different experience than you expected, do you feel that you have still had the same amount of opportunities to learn/network while WFH?
Aisha: Yes, I liked WFH. It was a surprisingly fluid transition, and I found myself taking advantage of the digital nature of the program in order to speak with different individuals across the bank that I ordinarily may not have met. I was still able to form meaningful relationships with my team and fellow interns, even though it was through a screen.
Evan: Coming in to the summer, I was skeptical about the experience of entering a new industry virtually. But as time went on, I found that through working virtually, I had so much more access to people that I would have never encountered in the office.
Orly: Working from home has been better than expected. For one, there is less pressure to wear a blazer every day. However, the greatest benefit of WFH has been the fact that I have been able to network with so many people, regardless of where they are located. I’ve had the opportunity to speak with people in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Israel, Malaysia, Spain, Hong Kong, and more!
Nicholas: Although I would have loved to get the experience of working in an office, I enjoy working from home. As I progressed through the program I quickly learned that working virtually presented even more opportunities to network than in the office. This is due to the ease of networking with almost anyone in the bank, with one easy email I would find myself meeting for a coffee chat with individuals from different business segments to entirely different countries!
Has your vision for your future changes based on the COVID-19 pandemic and the “new normal?”
Aisha: Yes. I now think more outside of the box. Since I can work from home and take classes online, I can be a student and an employee wherever I go. I plan to take advantage of this mobility and explore the East Coast states!
Evan: This experiencer this has changed my perception of the post-COVID “normal,” it showed me that a world in which more and more of us work remotely is not one which lacks the ability to connect and network with the people you work with.
Orly: Because of COVID-19, I have been forced to be more flexible with my future. I’m not sure where I will be living or if I will even be working in an actual office versus at home post-graduation. However, despite this uncertainty, I have learned over the past 6 weeks that no matter what happens, I can handle it and I will be ok. It’s a scary time, but I just have to make the best of it and remind myself how lucky I am. If anything this pandemic has put things into perspective for me and for that I am grateful.
Nicholas: Definitely, I truly believe that the COVID-19 pandemic will leave a permanent effect on the world which will affect my future career and goals. The HSBC summer internship has truly given me a good look at what this future will look like. I can now confidently say I’m prepared to work in the “new normal”.
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