At the best of times, it is hard enough for Wall Street Interns and young workers to get an outlook of their Wall Street supervisors. Seek to project an aura of indispensability for the future on a Zoom call with 15 other faces crowding the phone. During the pandemic freeze, the disadvantages of operating from home can be overwhelming. Yet they can also encourage creative young people during these difficult times to come up with fresh ways of being heard — and recruited —. Here’s a selection of their insights:
Two words: green screen
On Zoom, 23-year-old financial analyst Moe Jaman looks like he is surveying Manhattan from a heavenly throne. It’s just a video he ‘s taken from One World Trade Centre.
Take down the “Children at Play” sign.
Don’t wait to be invited. Set up your own Zooms.
You can still have coffee or lunch with colleagues. Just do it virtually.
The mute button is your friend, part 1.
The manager frequently works from home, and does not know the mute button does not work until he clicks on it. Also, Jaman admits this is an opportunity. If your boss is humiliated by, say, baby-talking to the dog or talking with his daughter about the Jamal Adams deal, ping him to let him know his mic is on. He would appreciate it.
The mute button is your friend, part 2.
Engage your remote audience with anecdotes.
Thus, Taani Ahluwalia, an intern at real estate services giant CBRE Group Inc., has incorporated pictures of herself doing homework and footage of TikTok baking competitions into a recent presentation. These videos will stick with your bosses and help you be more than just The Intern.
Brag about this summer forever.
Interning on Wall Street during Covid-19 can be a badge of honour. So, something to lord over the plebes who come up after you. Also, Like any edge, use it.