Monthly Archives: January 2013

YJT’s Extraordinary Journey with SpringBoard TM

YJT registered for the SpringBoard Mentorship Program in 2012H2, while she was working in a back-office department of a European bank.  We saw high levels of passion in this diligent young lady during her mentorship with us.  Despite heavy workload in her full time job, often extending to 8-9pm on weekdays, she was able to submit assignments on time and meet our rigorous expectations.

Under guidance from our mentors, she made significant achievements in equity research. You can read her signature report on  Chaoda Modern Agriculture (682 HK)’s Early Signs of Fraudulence here.

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After many months of hard work, she found herself a role to support investment managers in their investment decision making process at a renowned fund house.

We are confident that, in due course, she will become an analyst. See what she said:

During the SpringBoard internship, I wrote article summaries and took down notes at management luncheons.

The topics for the articles ranged from Southeast Asian economies to hedge funds and accounting scandals. Doing the summaries required me to distill relevant information from those articles and organise them in a manner that is concise, complete, yet easy to understand.

I also learnt the importance of being consistent in presenting my work, yet flexible in thinking of how to organise and communicate information to readers. During the process, my mentor also provided additional insight to supplement my understanding of the topic.

I also attended management luncheons to note down key learning points. These events are usually avenues for senior management of companies to seek funding from institutional investors.

The presentations gave me an insight into various competitve advantages and key challenges facing companies in industries such as media, healthcare, real estate and technology. After the presentation, analysts will usually raise questions for the seniormanagement. Their questions brought my attention to what analysts focus on when studying companies in different industries. On one occasion, I was given a set of questions to raise during the Q&A session in the presence of about 200 attendees.

On the whole, I found the internship an interesting learning experience.

ZP finally got “there” with SpringBoard TM

ZP has been a frequent supporter of SpringBoard TM since we first met him in 2011. Consistently, he has been planning his move into the industry, but it was not a short journey. Eventually, he found a position at a sovereign fund. We wish him well in his future endeavors! Here is what he said about Springboard:

My first encounter with SpringBoard was at one of its seminars in 2011. There, I met investment professionals and learnt about investment jobs available via their connections.  I found SpringBoard to be a good platform to learn more about the finance industry, and set myself a game plan to get into the industry

I got to know Yoman, the co-founder of SpringBoard TM, and was impressed by his passion and focus. I participated in more SpringBoard events to learn from him.  Under his guidance, I attended many IPO management luncheons, where I learnt more about the capital markets.  Yoman was a good mentor who not only was patient in explaining the capital markets to me, but also introduced me to some prospective employers along the way.

I am thankful that all these experiences set the foundation for me to finally secure my job at a sovereign fund. Luck was not on my side initially, but as a previous SpringBoard success story puts it well, “luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” I am glad I was ready for luck when it came.

SpringBoard TM: How to Jump off the Page to Impress

Hi All,

Since our previous event on Making your CV a Champion, we have continued to receive many CVs which are not good enough, while some of the attendees from our CV session have successfully landed themselves in the front office, some being full-time and contract positions with others in internship roles.

In our recent informal chats, we hear of people who have been sending in at least 100 CVs for the past few months to no avail. Very few replies and close to nil interviews.Evidently, most of the CVs have gone straight to the bin, perhaps even before they reached the eyes of the potential bosses. It is time to review our CV, not only in terms of quality and relevance of experience, but also how to stand out from among the ferocious competition.

How do you jump off the page to Impress? The time has come for you to achieve your goal.

On 25 Jan 2013, SpringBoard TM has invited two special guests to help you get your desired interview:

Eng Yew, SpringBoard Director and CV enhancement specialist

Eng Yew has helped many people get interviews to top jobs and top colleges and MBA. Having graduated from Stanford University, Eng Yew knows clearly what makes hiring demand tick.

Through helping his friends break into IB and PE positions to reviewing successful CVs and application submissions, he has consolidated a treasure chest of tips on how you can jump off the page to Impress. Simply because this is mostly what matters!

His recent testimonials can be found onSpringBoard TM’s webpage.

CRS, analyst at a large mutual fund

CRS has accumulated a wealth of experience in the CV writing and job interviews, having gone through numerous resume iterations and more than 50 interviews in order to clinch a highly coveted job after college.

These skills helped immensely when she sought a career switch and was offered an equity research position within 3 months of applying online for the role.

Hear from her directly on the key factors that can make or break your CV and how to impress your interviewer. This will put you on the fast track towards your dream job offer!

Registration at http://www.apesnap.com/event/stm201301cv01

Date/ Time: 25Jan2013, 7pm – 9pm

Venue: Near City Hall MRT-> to be advised to registered participants only

Cost (includes some soft drinks+ snacks):

  • $49 [first 2 days only]

  • $69 [next 5 days]

  • $89 [the remaining time]

Contact Us

SpringBoard TM is a mentoring platform to help people move into the front office of the finance industry. Besides CV and Profile Enhancement workshops, we also conduct 1-on-1 sessions to help you:

  • ·enhance yourCVto jump off the page to impress;
  • ·position yourself well for an upcoming job interview, i.e. anticipate the type of qns likely to be asked for the role you are applying for
  • ·work through with you an assignment given by a prospective employer, ahead of your interview

Pls feel free to forward on this message to your friends.

Thank you.

Cheers,

Eng Yew
SpringBoard TMis where we grow your Successes
M: 96372798
Mentorship Program | CV & Profile Enhancement | Strategic Partnerships | Networking & Insider Insights | Career Consultations

Drinks with Dave @ Daiwa

Dear Friends,

Welcome 2013, and a Happy New Year!

SpringBoard TM is pleased to offer you our first exclusive networking session of 2013 in its first 10 days of the new year!

We all know that many roles in this industry are never advertised and get filled only by the word of mouth. It is at these exclusive networking events, where you get the perfect opportunity to interact with industry professionals more closely and hear “whispers” about job opportunities.

As you are probably aware, SpringBoard TM is currently helping the investment banking unit of a brokerage firm look for eligible candidates to fill paid internship positions (3 to 6 months). This recruitment drive is still in progress… and we encourage you to come to our event to learn more about it. “Continue Learning and Keep On Networking” to improve the chances of your success in your first step into your career.

You are also likely to get a chance to meet two of Yoman’s former student associates, Isaac and Mun Hong, who have successfully found investment jobs in special investment units. Hear from the horses’ mouths how you can find your way into the investment industry.

Facebook us at https://www.facebook.com/Scholars.SpringBoard

Registration – http://www.apesnap.com/event/stm201301n01

Date/ Time: Jan 7, 7pm – 8.30pm

Venue: Raffles Place area -> to be advised to registered participants only

Cost (includes 1 drink + finger food):

From $39 to $99, first come first served

Hosts:

Dave Dai, Head of Regional Utilities, Daiwa

Eng Yew, Director of Springboard TM

Yoman, junior fund manager at global investment house

Mun Hong, analyst at a family office; SpringBoard TM success story

Isaac, investment officer at a special investment outfit; former student associate of Yoman

A few more friends from investment industry

Cheers,

Eng Yew & Yoman

SpringBoard TM is where we grow your Successes

M: 96372798

Mentorship Program | CV & Profile Enhancement | Strategic Partnerships | Networking & Insider Insights | Career Consultations