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CIMB Investment Bank, CEO's OfficeIt was a tough but great experience. I was exposed to the investment bank's businesses and operations across the region. Full review »Shahrul Hamdan , Economics, SOASRatings
Enjoyment Support & Guidance Environment & Location How Rewarding Was It? Average 4.25How many weeks was it for?10 weeksMonthly payRM 700What did you do?
I was lucky to be right in the midst of a transformation and restructuring program as the new Investment Bank CEO had just taken over the helm earlier this year. I was tasked to brainstorm ideas to improve communication channels between internal departments of CIMB IB and to implement these ideas via an CIMB Intranet portal for its employees. I was also involved in Project 360 which focused on improving the culture and business within CIMB IB.
Of course with any internship, there were some grunt work such as cleaning up Powerpoint slides, reorganising bulk Excel data and some courier-ing work. However, those tasks had to be done in order for the team to move forward with the project. Hence I did not feel like I was given pointless work, how menial and tedious they were. From the start of the internship, I was told to present on any topic I'd like for one of our "Brown Bag Sessions" where the team has lunch together whilst one of us will conduct a presentation (to increase general knowledge). So I did a presentation regarding the financial crisis and what went wrong with the banking system.What did you learn?
The best lesson was the working cycle. Getting up and going to work everyday sounds easy but it takes time to get used to. I learnt to appreciate the weekends alot more by spending time with my closed and loved ones too! On the technical side, I brushed up alot on my Microsoft Office skills (Excel, Powerpoint) and also had a shot in complex software such as Tableau and Roambi whilst finishing up daily brokerage reports. I also learned alot about the overall business of CIMB Investment Bank which was enlightening for any intern who has minimal understanding of how the overall outfit works.
Besides that, I also learnt how to work with a team and managing expectations. An interesting trick I learnt was to underpromise and overdeliver on deadlines, which pleased the peers and bosses. I was also constantly exposed to new environments and how new information affects the workplace and markets eg: when the merger with RHB and MBSB which will result in CIMB becoming the biggest bank in Malaysia was announced.Was your supervisor supportive?
I was lucky to be surrounded by experienced peers who took their jobs seriously but are cool enough to take the time to teach me things. They took me through step by step and I was also lucky to be called into meetings alot, sometimes I'm taking notes in 4 meetings a day, so I'm always kept updated regarding projects and workstreams. I had several 'mentors' who taught me soft skills such as managing expectations and shortcuts to complete me work alot quicker. I also enjoyed time out of office with them during dinners and buka puasa gatherings.What could be improved? What could you have done better?
It could possibly have been better if there were classes for interns to attend off-office hours about programs such as Excel and the likes. A more classroom learning environment for us to learn perhaps.Advice for future interns?
Working well with teammates and managing your boss' expectations are key aspects to having a good internship. Constantly being updated and being part of the working process really helps. Also, have a life outside work with your colleagues if you can. Good impressions are not only always made in the office.