Julia Klinkert found her way within the private equity sector, from intern to Investment Manager, without any previous finance knowledge. And together we will discover how she did it.
Let us introduce you to Julia Klinkert, who has been with the private equity firm Egeria for more than four years. Her career journey started in early 2018, when she graduated from the TU Delft and did not know which career to pursue. In this article, you will read about how her journey went from Mechanical Engineering graduate to Private Equity Intern, Associate and finally Investment Manager!
Julia graduated from a technical study, gained experience in strategy consulting, but decided to start in finance afterwards. ‘’During my studies, I never heard of the career opportunities in finance. All the events and trainings about finance were in Rotterdam or Amsterdam. Only consultancy and engineering firms came to Delft”. Julia did an internship at Shell, a large technical corporation where possibilities for different directions could be explored (operational, technical, financial etc.). She soon found out that she did not like the corporate life: too big, yet little impact. ‘’I prefer to work in a smaller team where you see more impact from your work’’.
During her studies, Julia gained experience in strategy consulting while participating at De Kleine Consultant but quickly found out that she was only a small part of the whole decision making process, working on short term plans where most of the time you do not know what happens to your advice. ‘’I really knew then that I wanted to experience the whole process from A to Z while having ownership in decisions ’’.
After these internships, she still did not knew what job she wanted to do, but she knew what kind of work she did like to do:
1) Work in a high-performance culture
2) Work in a small team setting
3) Experience and decide on a process from A to Z
4) Work analytically