This week we’re sharing insights from a recent recruit, William Enearu, who joined us two months ago after finishing a Masters degree in International Business.
Entering a new field or industry is never easy; one could even compare it to being thrown in the deep end of a of a swimming pool, but in this event the pool is really an ocean, sometimes tempestuous, sometimes balmy in nature. That seems to be the best way to describe my onboarding into the Distribution team at GemCap. It’s been a constant cycle of learning and unlearning, spells of confusion and battles with imposter syndrome but also being confident in not only my abilities but the judgement of those who hired me (I would not be here if I was not capable). In saying that, it’s still easy to find yourself having to kick and flap your legs in hopes of not being consumed by the industry which you were so very eager to get into.
Every day I face new challenges, some days running smoother than others, managing to stay afloat with the things that are thrown my way, from my monthly and quarterly tasks to the unexpected enquiries I receive. This simply makes me realize that no matter how much I believe I have learned in the past two months or will be learning, that there is still a vast amount of information within this industry to be acquired.
At GemCap, I work as an Associate in the Distribution department, where my tasks include the creation of the monthly Global Distribution Report, the review and distribution of the EMT/EPT files, creation of Key Investor Information Documents etc. I have found that one of the most testing tasks I have would be the creation of these KIIDs as there are so many of them to get through that it’s very easy to become overwhelmed if precaution is not taken.
I have had the privilege of working closely with and being trained by Natalie North, who is the Marketing Support Manager. Natalie can be best described as a pundit, guiding and providing me with extensive onboarding support, materials and knowledge which continue to support me in my daily activities.
It is without a doubt a scary leap of faith to leave the industry one is accustomed to and to start afresh in a new one, but being someone who is always eager for a challenge, it is a path I am willing and excited to walk. I truly enjoy learning something new every day; the highs and the lows are all part of the job. Every time I receive an email referencing a task or information I am unfamiliar with I feel overwhelmed but also overjoyed as I am aware that a tremendous amount of work will be required, but with that comes the opportunity to learn yet another new thing and to expand my ever-growing knowledge.
I hope to further my career in the Distribution sector of the ManCo industry, as I have come to learn that this may just be the field I was destined for.
I am ever grateful for my very understanding colleagues who are always present and ready to help me; they are always ready to take out time to explain things in a way that is digestible and easily understood. They have truly been my life jacket throughout this process and I can’t thank them enough for their ongoing support.