Christopher Goh was an intern at Finexis Investments during the 2014 term break, as part of Project Hi-5!’s external attachment programme.
What organisation did you intern in?
I participated in an internship with Finexis Investments in December 2014 with help from my dad who was working there. Finexis is a company that deals with helping clients to make sound investment decisions that will allow them to benefit in the future, thus it deals heavily with stocks and bonds, shares and company security.
What did you do during the internship?
Being very new to the investment world, I was tasked with summarising up to date articles published by other banks such as BNP Paribas. I was also tasked with keeping several potential investment portfolios up to date and summarising it for clients. The portfolios were summaries of business ventures and critical information regarding them such as potential yield, potential dangers, risk and others.
Did you enjoy the experience?
For a person who likes math, I was actually pretty excited about this opportunity and overall it helped in making me choose economics in year 5. However, investments is one of those fields that take time to appreciate, since a company’s share rarely changes by more than 1% on a day to day basis. When I was sorting through the investment portfolios and summarising the articles, I actually had no idea what I was doing or how this would be beneficial. I even complained to my mentor that this was really boring. It was only after a few days of observing market patterns and news that I began to realise just how intricate the business world was, where every actions a company takes will affect many others. Likewise in life, one cannot hope to tackle problems if one does not understand the fundamentals behind it. As a then year 4 student, the internship was relevant and useful, helping me to understand this industry better.
Who would you recommend this internship to?
For those who are passionate about mathematics and maybe economics, I would seriously suggest going for an internship with a bank or a financial advisor. Likewise it is not recommended for individuals who have a weak foundation in Math or English.
Christopher Goh (5.01) is from the graduating batch of 2016, and participated in his internship at Finexis Investments in 2014 as part of Project Hi-5!.