Gleacher Shacklock is one of the few firms that allow juniors to be generalists and provides an opportunity to work across a broad range of sectors and corporate finance matters.
Arvin interned with Gleacher Shacklock in the summer of 2018 and then went on to join the firm as an Analyst in 2019. Arvin shares his thoughts about joining the team through the internship scheme and what it’s like to work in corporate finance.
Why did you choose Gleacher Shacklock?
I wanted to be in a role that provided me with an opportunity to learn a lot and as such the idea of being a generalist early on in my career greatly appealed to me. I was also able to attend one of the networking events which gave me a great sense for the culture and the individuals that work here. Gleacher Shacklock’s culture is one that personally stood out the most.
What do you enjoy about working at Gleacher Shacklock?
Gleacher Shacklock is one of the few firms that allow juniors to be generalists and provides an opportunity to work across a broad range of sectors and corporate finance matters. However, the best thing for me is the people, there is a very collaborative culture and as a junior I always feel comfortable asking for help or advice from my peers.
What does your typical day involve?
Each day tends to differ as you are likely involved in a variety of projects, each requiring different tasks. Some projects might involve more qualitative analysis such as sector or firm research, whilst others are more quantitative and might involve modelling or analysing data.
Are there any downsides to working in Corporate Finance that you wish you’d been better prepared for?
The one thing people should consider is that the industry and role are naturally very demanding but as a result I think you learn much more than in other roles. Being surrounded by like-minded juniors definitely helps!
What advice would you give to someone considering the Internship Programme?
I think the main thing I would say is that even if you have very little knowledge of corporate finance or financial services in general, the internship is all about learning and is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the role and see what it is really like.
What aspect of your role do you enjoy most?
Being able to work on a variety of projects with different Partners because not only does it help develop a broad skillset but also makes the job less repetitive.
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