How Julia Klinkert found her way to the private equity sector, in what way she started in finance with zero knowledge and what her next career opportunities could look like.
Let us introduce you to Julia Klinkert, who has been with private equity firm Egeria for more than four years. Her career journey started early 2018 when she graduated from the TU Delft and did not know in which direction she wanted to pursue her professional career. In this article, you will read about how her journey went from Mechanical Engineering graduate to Private Equity associate.
We met in a coffee bar in Amsterdam. Julia was a few minutes late because ‘’I was stuck in a meeting, sorry it is busy at the moment’’. We started talking about her professional background, which is quite interesting because she 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) Working in a high performance culture
2) Working in a small team setting
3) Experience and decide on a process from A to Z
4) Working analytically