What is your role at your company?
I’m currently a first year analyst in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley in Sydney.
Tell me about what sets your company’s culture apart from others.
At Morgan Stanley, ‘diversity and inclusion’ and ‘giving back’ aren’t just buzzwords, they are values rooted in the people who work here. The firm provides numerous opportunities to get involved and we are encouraged to select causes that we are passionate about. In my year at Morgan Stanley I have had the opportunity to volunteer with intellectually disabled children from the Hong Chi Association (in Hong Kong), worked with underprivileged children as part of the ASPIRE program (in Sydney) through the Morgan Stanley Global Volunteer Month. I have also attended numerous events and talks run by the Australia Women’s Business Alliance, which encourages and promotes career development and cross-business connectivity for women through programming and networking events.
What are some tips you can give to students when applying for internships or jobs?
It sounds obvious but just be yourself. It reflects well when you include extracurricular activities you participate in at university or even your hobbies. Whilst companies place importance on academics, they definitely appreciate when people have interests outside of work that show you can manage a balanced lifestyle. Interviews may also be nerve-racking so talking to about something you are passionate about also helps your personality shine through and make you stand out from the crowd.
What advice can you give to female students who are struggling to maintain a work/study/life balance.
When I was in university, I found the best way to keep work/study/life balance was to keep a calendar. Colour coding the different events you have on, can help you quickly see if you’re working too much and not seeing your friends enough. It will also take the stress out of constantly having to remember what you have on. Being systematic and intentional in organizing your life can make a big difference.
What hobbies or passions do you have outside of work?
Whilst I’m always down for a good long hike on the weekend, a hobby that I’ve recently picked up is scuba diving. I got my Open Water Diver certification in November last year and since then I have been on over 10 dives and seen some incredible marine life. In fact, I recently just came back from a trip to the Philippines where I was lucky enough to dive with turtles and huge schools of yellow snapper and jack.