Living Culture at Fortis | An interview with Intern Robert Steadman

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This week as part of our Living Culture at Fortis blog series we interviewed our intern Robert Steadman about his time with Fortis Consulting and the project he has worked on.

What attracted you to an internship with Fortis?

It was first and foremost an opportunity to experience work within the finance industry, which is where, when I graduate, I hope to find myself. In addition to this, Fortis Consulting stood out, in both what they do and who they are.

When I first received a call from Kelli, regarding working here, I could tell straight away that this wouldn’t be a usual internship i.e. stapling paper and collecting coffees! When we spoke about my role here, I was super excited that the work I would potentially be doing would actually have real life applications and be used by the Executive Chairman Adrian.

What outcomes from your internship were you looking for?

As I am currently in my last year at UWA, I was really looking for an insight into the world of Finance. I wanted to achieve a deeper understanding about what sort of work I would be doing, and gain exposure to areas that related to my degree. Furthermore, I wanted some hands-on work, that challenged and took me out of my comfort zone.

How do you feel that Fortis have prepared you and worked with you to achieve the desired outcomes?

Working at Fortis has not only achieved my desired outcomes but far surpassed them. During my time here, I was lucky to work closely with Adrian. I was granted a deep insight into how he manages business, the ethical criteria he imposes, and the process Fortis Capital is undergoing while they look to expand. Moreover, I felt that the work I did for Adrian, actually carried some weight in the over-arching scheme of things, and that gave me a huge sense of accomplishment and worth.

What was the most challenging part of your internship?

The most challenging aspect that I found, was balancing the two days a week at Fortis, with my full-time university and other job. While I was lucky that I never had to take work home, losing two full days really put pressure on my studies. However, in saying this, Fortis were very understanding if I were not able to come into work due to my other commitments.

Would you say Fortis is a good place to complete an internship? If so, why?

Without a doubt. I have not only learnt a lot about the finance industry and gained valuable knowledge, I have enjoyed every second of it. The culture of Fortis is surreal. Every day I came into work I was greeted by everyone all genuinely interested in how my weekend was, or how I was doing. I immediately felt at home and that really carried over to all the support I received during my time here.

What was the biggest thing you learnt and took from the internship?

The work I did here has taught me so much. When researching, I have learnt how to weed through the useless information and pinpoint what I need. I have learnt how to structure and write a report, fit for the CIO, and I have learnt how to present it and support my findings. I feel confident that whether I get another internship or for when I graduate that, the knowledge I have gained here will help me achieve much in my future.

What are your 3-key take-aways from completing your internship with Fortis?

  • A much greater understanding of the finance industry, as well as an insight into consulting and the work they do.
  • A greater sense of confidence. As I said before, no matter what I do next, I have a new-found sense of confidence in my finance and personal ability.
  • The benefits of a great support system are unlimited.