Life Moves Pretty Fast

One of my all-time favorite movies is Ferris Bueller’s Big Day Off. My favorite line is “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Even though it is only a movie quote, it is very true to me. It is so easy to get caught up in needing to do this or that. I can’t tell you how many times I get wrapped up in tasks, projects, or trying to be my best that I lose sight of the bigger picture.

Upon first arriving at work this morning, I got an email about completing my 2015 Self Evaluation Performance Review. Then it dawned on me; half of my internship was up. Just like that. Life was moving fast and I need to act fast before I miss it! So I figured while I take time reflecting on myself for my review, I would share my perspective with you.

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Key’s Mascot

 

In hindsight, I have learned more than I ever thought I would in the past 4 weeks. Whether it was learning how to evaluate risks or test controls in order to ensure that data and code cannot be manipulated to produce misrepresentative financial information. Through this learning I have been able to test multiple applications to contribute to the greater Information Technology General Control Team (ITGC) within the Risk Review Group(RRG).

On the other hand, I have explored other areas of interest. While digging a little deeper into risks and controls, I was able to see how code and programming can be used to leverage data in order to verify records from the lines of business. I have previously used Tableau, but it was interesting to see what products like IBM’s Cognos and SAS can offer the internal audit department of a bank.

Throughout my internship, Key has posed many unique opportunities. Meeting Beth Mooney, the CEO of KeyCorp, put the cherry on top. Beth has been an inspiration to me ever since I started getting to know Key. Not only is she a female CEO, she is also the most powerful woman in banking.( http://www.americanbanker.com/women-in-banking/gallery/the-25-most-powerful-women-in-banking-2014-1070053-1.html) When was the last time you met the most powerful anything? Being able to spontaneously run into Beth at a celebratory Key event was truly humbling. I feel so lucky that she spent a few moments connecting with me and a few other interns from RRG. I’m inspired to say the least.

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Beth Mooney (KeyCorp CEO)

 

Opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent those of KeyBank

Who Is L Brands?

L Brands is a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Columbus, OH. We also have a campus in New York City, and you can find their stores around the world. Most people, especially those outside of Columbus, have never heard of L Brands, but they are sure to know, if not shop at, at least one of our stores.

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L Brands is now home to five distinct brands. We used to own other brands like Express and The Limited, but now we focus on these core five.

Victoria’s Secret is known for bras and panties. Most of you reading this have probably heard of the store or maybe you’ve seen the annual VS Fashion Show. PINK, the brand aimed at college girls, began in Victoria’s Secret stores but now has stand-alone stores. PINK specializes in lounge wear, sleepwear, and tanks and tees.

Bath and Body Works sell soaps, antibacterial gels, and home fragrances to name a few. This brand began as a table in an Express store, but now they are all stand alone.

La Senza is one that most Americans don’t know about. It is L Brands’ lingerie, panty, and bra brand in Canada. Right now, there are no stores in the U.S., but there are a few in other countries.

Henri Bendl is a designer handbag brand based in New York City. (I just bought my first Bendl bag, and I’m in love. Clearly Taylor Swift agrees with me.)

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What its Like to Work at J.P. Morgan

It’s hard to believe that 4 of my 10 weeks of work at J.P. Morgan are already complete. Coming into the job, I had some expectations about the kinds of people I’d be working with, what the job would be like, and how I would like it, yet every day I am still so fascinated and amazed by what happens in the headquarters of the biggest bank by assets in the world. My expectations are continuing to be exceeded, and I love everything about my job.

To start, it’s amazing how smart every single person I work with and meet is in this company. There is so much to learn every day about finance, about the bank, and even about your career and what it takes to be successful. The bank also really encourages employees to build a wide network within the company and spend time getting to know people, and I’ve done so by getting coffee with 3 different people in the company every week. It’s also inspiring how proud people are to work for J.P. Morgan, and I’ve come to appreciate even more what it means to work at a firm that is so systematically important in the global economy. By working here, I feel as if I am a part of a family in that people care about each other, want to see each other succeed, and always do what’s right and best for the company rather than for themselves. Regardless of where you work, getting to know the people in your group, on your floor, and those who are doing roles that may interest you is important in showing you care about your role and are committed to working well and succeeding with the people around you. People are impressed by an intern who isn’t shy to get to know people and is eager to learn.

I’ve also enjoyed the high level of responsibility I’ve been given as intern. I may only be here for 10 weeks, but everyone knows that I’m really aspiring for a full time job offer, and I am treated and expected to act like a first year analyst. I’d imagine this is similar for a lot of rising seniors doing internships, and it’s important to understand that while the stakes are high and you’re learning so much so fast, it’s okay to make mistakes, and your co-workers know that you are adjusting and learning every day. With that, it’s also important to try to learn as much as possible about how the first year guys are doing their jobs, since ideally you’ll be doing it when you graduate. A great habit is to carry a notebook literally everywhere you go in the building and write down as much as possible. People take notice when you write things down and show you won’t forget things and won’t make the same mistake twice. I also think it’s important to be confident in your talent and don’t be shy to speak up or ask a question. At JPM, I’ve definitely felt intimidated at times by all of the smart and successful people, but overall I know I’ve earned my spot here, and to earn one for after graduation I need to be sharp and on my game at all times.

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with my internship experience thus far at J.P. Morgan. I’m excited to continue learning, continue getting to know people in the firm, and continue to put my career in the direction I want it to go in. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work for such a great organization, and I’m convinced that if I receive a full time offer at the end of my internship, I would definitely accept it and work here after graduating from Ohio State.

Thanks for continuing to follow my journey this summer. I’m excited to continue to share some of my experiences in the greatest city in the world with you all!

Nick

What do you do…?

I’ve been an intern at Ariel Corporation for about a month now and I feel like I finally have a handle on my job and new schedule. However, any time someone asks me “What do you do?” I still struggle to explain. As a marketing student and intern there are any number of possible careers and job titles available. Marketing envelopes so many different facets that trying to explain my job this summer is becoming quite difficult.

Originally I thought I would be coming into the job as a creative writer and social media specialist. These are two job descriptions I’m comfortable in and have a lot of experience with. Little did I know that after 1 week on the job I would be trained in graphic design! I now know how to use the majority of the programs in the Adobe suite (i.e.: Photoshop, InDesign, etc.).

I love that after 1 week here I was able to expand my skill set into a completely new realm. Now I’m helping with different graphic design projects and even adding some advertising to my portfolio.

So what do I do? Mostly whatever my department assigns to me. I can’t claim to be a graphic designer or advertiser, but I also can’t claim to just specialize in social media. I’m sure my role here will continue to change as the summer goes on, but I love the excitement of not knowing what each day will hold. My best advice for future interns: don’t let your resume limit you. Whatever your company asks you to do, go with it and expand your repertoire of skills and you’ll be a better for it.

-Allison

Keys to Being a Well-Rounded Intern

Below are steps to take to be a well-rounded intern and move closer to receiving an offer at summers end.

Make an Introduction

During the first two days of your internship, introduce yourself to all the employees in the surrounding areas. You do not want to be four weeks into your internship and  make awkward eye contact because you did not introduce yourself in week one.  Your manager will introduce you to your Team and other employees but go the extra mile and meet as many employees as you can your first week.

When introducing yourself, express how excited you are to be there and to learn. Towards the end of the introduction (to people on your team), say something along the lines of, “By the way if there is anything I can assist you with this summer I’d be more than happy to take on some additional work. I’m trying to learn as much as I can this summer.” This shows you are committed to the organization and are looking to add value.

Take Notes and Ask Questions

Take notes and ask questions. This may be the most obvious aspect of being an intern but it is absolutely crucial. By not taking notes nor asking questions, you display that you are not interested in being engaged and do not want to learn. Take notes on phrases or topics you do not understand and jot down a list of questions to ask your manager at a future point.

Be proactive

A well rounded intern is one who adds value to his/her Team. The most common way to add value is by assuming routine, tedious/time consuming work. Some examples include daily/weekly reports, data entry and spread sheet updates. Employees love to have interns around for these tasks.  Approach employees on your Team and offer to take over a task for the summer. It will show you are a team player, learn quickly and want to be a part of the organization.

One on Ones

An intern can be proactive by engaging with employees outside of his/her Team, more specifically peers of their boss and upper level executives. Although you’re being evaluated based on your performance during the summer, managers love to see if you are evaluating them as well to make sure the organization  is a good fit for you. One way to do this is by setting up one on ones with managers from other cross functional teams. You can do this asking your manager to set up a conversation or two on your behalf. When approaching your boss about this, mention you are trying to get a better understanding of the organization and a different perspective on how it is run. If you are feeling ambitious, walk around the floor and jot down the names of people in offices. You can also look up these managers and email them requesting time to speak with them. Below is an email I sent to set up a meeting with a Director named Bill.Email

When you are having a conversation with any employee, keep in mind this is supposed to be a conversation, NOT AN INTERVIEW. Don’t be a robot; keep the conversation casual but professional.

Questions to ask:

  • What is your background?
  • What is your current role and responsibilities?
  • What are the roles and responsibilities of your team ?
  • What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
  • What is one mistake you’ve made where you learned a great deal from? What was the mistake and what did you learn?

Get involved

Getting involved in company sponsored events outside of the office is where you can really stand out. Volunteering for fundraisers and community service events shows you are invested in the local community. Large organizations LOVE this. Most companies have days of service and one marque summer fundraising event. If you can raise a substantial amount for the event you can make a lasting impression.

You are being evaluated every day. Keep in mind receiving an offer extends beyond the work you are assigned. Be persistent and courteous and an offer will surely be around the corner.

Good luck and happy interning!