Just over a week after graduating from university, I started my first 'adult' job. Excited? Yes! Nervous? Definitely yes! Nerves are part of new beginnings and I think they can be productive. But for me, this wasn't just a new beginning. Unlike my friends who spent summers at the places they're now working, I'm starting very much from scratch. No longer a Politics student, I've gained a new title: Growth Investments intern at the venture capital firm, Oxford Capital. Having spoken to older friends who have tried - and failed- to get into VC, I am incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to spend six months learning as much as possible about the industry.
So, two weeks in, I've decided to start a record/diary/mini-blog of my time here. I'll publish a weekly post on my takeaways of being a VC intern. And, as the theme of this post is new beginnings, there's no better way to start by highlighting an article I read about getting up to speed with things quickly. To be clear, I have zero prior experience in tech/science or finance. This poses an interesting (and completely self-imposed) challenge as I get underway on my first project in a company that deals with precisely these two things...
Key takeaways from the article: skim a lot first, ask a lot of questions and teach others (the first two also act as a warning to my fellow coworkers!). I'll be taking these on board as I look into the fast-moving area of mobility technology (no pun intended). Check back in a few weeks to see how I get on!
No one warns us that adulthood is full of such sweat-inducing dilemmas, where the stakes are your reputation, your career, and (rightly or wrongly) even your sense of self-worth. When you’re in over your head, how do you quickly figure out what’s important? Is there a way to go from incompetent to in control—really, really fast?