#1) What was your situation prior to starting the ILTS Analyst Program and what originally got you interested?
My situation prior to joining the program was an inexperienced but eager to learn undergraduate. Coming from my freshmen year of university, it was very tough to gain any hands-on experience until I found this program. It gives you an edge early through the skills learned and demonstrates one’s desire to get involved in the financial world.
#2) How do you think the one-on-one, internship-like structure of the program helped you grasp some of the more advanced modeling topics?
The program still gave me a huge advantage in the interview process. Being able to go deeper into the technical questions and ask technical questions back to the interviewer showed my previous experience and willingness to learn on my own. Also, the internship program goes much deeper into everyday tasks of modeling you will do compared to any class I’ve had at university.
#3) How big of a factor was having the ILTS program on your resume in terms of getting your most recent role?
Huge, not only were the technical skills and aspects important but what the program says about your character. It demonstrates that you take it an extra mile and are willing to learn at any moment. Being able to have experience like the program will set you up for your internship in any financial field. In basic terms, it separates you from the rest of the pack.
#4) How helpful was your instructor with prepping you for various parts of the recruiting process (resume, networking, interviewing, etc)?
The biggest aspect for me was the resume. I came in with no knowledge on how to set up my resume for banks or other firms. The first lesson I learned was to format my resume to a specific detail and organization. This also set me apart from the other people who apply to jobs right off the bat. In general, the program has also created a vast network of connections, in the hundreds, I have created between other analysts through LinkedIn or email. Having these connections in the future will prove to be incredibly important as many of your fellow analysts will go on to lead successful careers.