Category Archives: Mentorship

Financial Modeling Classroom Season 3 Commencing 12 Jul

Dear SpringBoard Friends,

SpringBoard TM is commencing Financial Modeling Classroom Season 3 from 12 Jul for 5 weekly intensive Saturday sessions. The mentor is Val, a former sell-side analyst with several years’ experience at large international banks. She will cover the fundamentals of building a functional financial model, from generating ideas to data crunching and determining a fair value. Each session generally ends with a work assignment due at noon the following Friday.

What you should expect: You will improve on your technical skills required of a financial analyst, which will enhance your employability in a front office role. Several of our students have attended interviews for front office roles since participating in the program.

You will stand a chance to advance to the Internship Program if you show passion and skills in your participation and assignments. The 6-month Internship Program is designed to help you gain entry into a front office career, featuring possible referrals to job opportunities suitable for you.

What SpringBoard expects: Students should be seeking or exploring a career in the finance front office; and possess financial knowledge and skills equivalent to a finance/accounting degree or CFA Level 1, in particular financial statements. Bloomberg skills are a plus.

How the program flows:
Get your feet wet in financial statements:
– Basic structure of a financial model
– How to make reported number into your model
– What is the key information you should note

Build basic model:
– Income statement & Key ratios
– Balance sheet & Key ratios

Build basic model:
– Cashflow statement
– Change in equity statement
– How to use DCF with my model

Excel skills to make your work efficient:
– Key Excel functions
– Key Excel shortcut keys
– Troubleshoot your model with Excel

Investment ideas:
– How to write an investment summary
– A effective framework

What background our mentor possesses:
Val has more than 5 years of industry experience. She has been a sell-side analyst at 2 international banks for several years. In between, she worked as an analyst in an investment strategy team for a big British bank. She started life as a research analyst with a boutique fund, helping the chief investment officer analyze companies for IPO deals. She completed her CFA exams in three consecutive years.

How to register and show up:
To register, pls execute a bank transfer to our DBS Savings Account 025-0-052957 and email a copy of your screenshot. The email to us should also include your mobile number and a copy of your latest CV.
12 Jul, 19 Jul, 26 Jul, 2 Aug, 9 Aug
11.30am – 1pm
$249 (by 5 Jun); $299 (till 30 Jun); $349 (till 12 Jul)

What are other upcoming SpringBoard Programs:
Jul – Kairos Research Competition 2014 Season 3 (stay tuned for more info)
May 30 – Seminar: How to avoid the Interview Pitfalls

Cheers, Eng Yew
M: +65 96372798
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Investment Banking Masterclass starts end Mar to prep for hiring opportunities

Dear SpringBoard Friends,

As we head swiftly into the Year of Horse, many of our friends — both mentors and interns — have either found new jobs or been going for multiple interviews lately.  That does not imply that our industry is expanding.  They are “playing musical chairs”, where job openings are vacated and filled in a circle: Firm X hires someone who left Firm Y, which then hires from Firm Z, which then hires back from Firm X, the first firm at the beginning.  On a net basis, unless pay is on the rise, the industry is stable or may even be contracting.
SpringBoard TM has been very gainfully occupied lately helping our friends- employers– source for quality candidates.  Some recent examples are:
-> New Hedge Fund running a Long/ Short portfolio using bottom-up analysis, looking for Junior Equity Analyst and Research Associate:  we referred the winner in our 1st Stock Pitch competition to him for his consideration;
-> New financial services firm looking to hire an Equities Execution Trader:  we also showed a couple of qualified candidates- with relevant experience- to employer for consideration;
-> Global bank looking to replace their Research Associate who is likely leaving the industry:  we fielded our four Advanced state interns to Head of Research for consideration
[As far as we know, the above jobs are not publicised anywhere on open recruitment channels or websites, i.e. the prospective employers prefer to rely on referral from reliable sources]
Meanwhile, our Financial Modeling Classroom Program Season 1 has kicked off successfully, where some may be invited to our Advanced Internship Program.
By popular demand, our Investment Banking (IB) Classroom Program (details in attached pdf) starts end March.  The 5 sessions will be conducted by our IB mentor with more than 15 years of experience.  Aside from gaining a practitioner’s perspective of IB work, you will most importantly gain access to the SpringBoard community whose slogan is to “Continue Learning and Keep On Networking”.  Our professional network and perspective are invaluable assets which are lacking in similar programs which tend to be more academically focused.
Top performers from the Classroom Program stand to be invited to our Advanced Internship Program, where you get pushed into potential job opportunities, internships and work assignments, shining directly in front of your future bosses and supervisors.
Don’t miss THIS special opportunity to hear about investment bankers “secrets of the game” straight from the horse’s mouth!
Contact us before Early Bird registration closes on 7 Mar 2014 at only $249. Class starts on March 29th, Saturday.
Contact SpringBoard TM
Pls feel free to forward our message to your friends.
SpringBoard TM is a mentoring platform for passionate people to move into challenging and rewarding front office roles in the finance industry. Our Mentorship Program is complemented with job referrals, profile enhancement and networking platforms, so that unlike academic programs, we are more confident of helping deserving apprentices secure tangible opportunities in the front office.
Our jobs referral platform involves our partners securing for our apprentices opportunities in the front office, which are mostly of private referral in nature and not advertised elsewhere. In certain special circumstances, we may even secure opportunities with priority or exclusivity offered to SpringBoard interns and apprentices.

Eng Yew
SpringBoard TM is where we grow your Successes
M: 96372798
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