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On-the-job training is a worthwhile education
Wong Yat-hei
update on Friday, January 6, 2012
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Peggy Tang Pik-yee interned with Schroders after winning the Schroders Case Competition. She worked in the product department, focusing on equity in Asia, excluding Japan. Part of her job was to follow global news and update the database, and she now plans to enter the investment field eventually. She talks to Wong Yat-hei 

What is your academic background? 

I am studying a bachelor of science in quantitative finance at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

How did you start your day?  

I reviewed the latest news and reports on Asia ex-Japan, focusing on equity markets and relevant companies. Major updates would be revised in the database and sent to clients.

What did your job entail?

My work involved updating the database, writing market summaries, conducting competitive analysis, and developing programmes for internal use and clients. Sometimes, I would sit in on analyst and client meetings.

What were the major challenges you encountered?

The biggest challenge was understanding the strategies and features of products and markets.

What did you learn about this field? What are your plans?

Investigating different assets and forming a balanced portfolio is intellectually challenging and rewarding. All this encouraged me to pursue an investment-related career.

Any advice for interns?

Be motivated to discover the story behind the news story. Learning from colleagues can be far more effective than a textbook.

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