The most important tools to succeed at Blackrock are endurance and adaptability. Investment management is a high pressure industry and some days feel quite long and hectic and that is where a lot of fresh grads have to persevere to find the rewards. Secondly, one gets a lot of different types of mentorship and a lot of feedback for the better to adapting to different styles of management and mentorship and keeping an open minded is important. Further, knowing Excel and some scripting languages helps a lot in terms of the technical parts of the job. Finally, network network network and know who to go to for what and you will always meet your deliverables in a timely fashion.
As an intern at BlackRock, it is always helpful to ask questions and try your best to contribute to any projects. During my time as a S.E. intern, I asked many question regarding the work I was doing because I want to make sure I did everything correctly and finished the project in a timely-manner. Even if my manager was not able to answer some of my questions, she was able to connect me with someone who could, and this allowed me to build networks with more people. My advice for being an intern anywhere is to ask questions, request for more work because it shows initiative, and to maintain the relationships you build with people throughout the program, whether they are hiring managers, team members, or peers.
Working well within the team and maintaining good relationships firm wide is necessary for a successful career . Ambition and hunger to learn and grow is an ingredient of success . Efforts must be made to understand the overall business of any company to gauge where we fit, in the company structure so as to gain a sense of purpose and to answer the “why” question .
To stand out at BlackRock, demonstrating an ambition and desire to learn in the workplace, exhibiting professionalism, networking with other employees and interns, and following the deadlines imposed by managers are all very important, as these traits are among the best indicators of accountability and competence. Even though some of the deadlines could seem unreasonable at first sight, it is extremely important to remain tenacious and engaged when discussing with your manager, regardless of their tone or other external factors that could interfere with productivity - they expect employees to take a lot of ownership over their work and present any doubts as they arise with new projects.
My supervisor always told me that the kind of people that are most successful at BlackRock are those who know how to navigate the company - it's a large firm with more than 3000 people in its NYC headquarter and you're expected to build your network from day 1. But of course the value you bring to the team/firm are the fundamentals of your success.
To succeed at BlackRock, you need to constantly be challenging yourself and those around you. You're surrounded by bright individuals who have similar aspirations and goals and in order to succeed you need to constantly be hungry and always willing to learn and ask questions. However, being able to support others is also extremely important and helping others succeed with only benefit in your own success.