Val, CFA, Senior Research Analyst
Val was an award-winning business reporter at Mediacorp before made a successful career switch to become an analyst at Macquarie bank and she has subsequently worked as an investment analyst in Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC. She has a stellar track record to bring out people’s potential in their pursuit of careers on investment.
AKY, CFA, Senior Research Analyst
AKY has not only more than five years of experience working on the sell-side and independent research, he is also an early success story of SpringBoard switching from back office to front office. He loves to share his diverse experience with students and always feels fulfilling when he can help students land their dream jobs.
SpringBoard Program came to exist from Nov 2009, where an event at Clarke Quay welcomed its first batch of students. It wasn’t all training and work for the students, as SpringBoard also organized a networking session every few months with different groups of investment professionals, where the students and participants can learn about exclusive job and internship opportunities.
What was unspoken at that time was that our founder Yoman, a then hedge fund manager at a global investor, would actively help get his top students into job interviews and internships. We believe that the students’ passion brought them to us, and we helped them with the opportunities that we had. We believe in recommending someone only after we’ve seen them in action, not based on just CVs, interviews and verbal promises. This is why our friends and partners would enjoy working with us, keeping its good name in the industry.
As the Program grew, Yoman felt that he should bring in other industry professionals whom he thought would be excellent mentors. Yoman invited AKY, one of his top proteges, to the SpringBoard Team in 2012 and we built a strong team of mentors based on practices based training (as opposed to academic training which most institutions did).
The work done by students were no longer crucial work demanded by Yoman, but part of a structured curriculum drawn from pieces of work that an analyst would do from day to day. (Only interns who have graduated from the mentorship program would be exposed to more serious work.) We were also no longer restricted to simply equity research and would soon have more success stories in investment banking, trading and other fields. The CV and interview coaching would be more structured and focus on the interns.
Our growth to this level allowed us to take on a more appropriate name: SpringBoard Talent Management, aka SpringBoard TM.
SpringBoard Talent Management
In 2012, SpringBoard TM underwent a revamp that would lead to the incorporation of the LLP partnership, along with other functions that would become more defined and effective in growing successes in the front office.
It now has a team of mentors that covers most, if not all, of the front office functions. Interns must now undergo a stock pitch competition and work hard to meet stringent requirements to maximise their employability in the front office.
As we have groomed many success stories and alums. Many of these are now part of a close-knit community that continues to pay it forward and share more exclusive opportunities.
In 2013, we introduced classroom style foundation mentorship as an affordable option to our students.
In 2017, we revamped and expanded our curriculum which can only be enabled by latest technology for a better mentorship experience.