Real Life: My Internship Experience – Blake

blakeWho: Blake Schreiber
Hometown: Houston, TX
Major: Energy Finance, Minor in Accounting 
Q: Where did you work and what did they have you doing?
A: Last Fall, I had the opportunity to work at Waterloo Capital Management, a private-wealth management firm here in Austin. As an intern, I had the opportunity to assist in developing a new investment strategy for the firm’s portfolio, as well as generate market research and due diligence reports that are sent to our clients on a weekly basis. 
Q: What was the environment like there?
A: WCM was by far one of the most friendly, laid-back work environments I’ve ever worked in. It’s a small office, so everyone knows each other and treats one another like family. 
Q: What is something you learned?
A: Pursue a career that truly interests and challenges you. Before this internship, I narrowed myself to only pursuing things I was good at (finance not being one of them). However, once I developed a genuine interest in the field while at WCM, it was shocking to see how much easier I was able to comprehend financial topics and succeed in finance-related projects and coursework. 
Q: Is there anything you wish you had known before taking the job?
A: Working during the school year is hard. Don’t underestimate the amount of time that a job requiring even as little as 12 hours a week takes out of your schedule. Make sure your schedule is ready to take that kind of hit. 
Q: Do you have any tips for college students who are looking for internships/jobs?
A: Network. No matter how smart, personable, or accomplished of an individual you might think you are, your network and who you know can be the biggest make it or break it in getting that dream job/internship. Those currently in your desired job/industry were in your shoes at one point or another, and are typically more than happy to offer their advice and guidance.
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