Prior to joining 3i, Paul-Hugo worked in investment banking as an M&A Analyst Intern and co-founded a venture in the gaming industry.
Paul-Hugo graduated from the London School of Economics with Distinction and from IE University during which he completed an exchange at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Analyst, 3i Group Plc
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Q&A WITH PAUL-HUGO
Could you tell us about the application process and your role at 3i Group Plc?
After going through a few screening rounds (e.g., an online application form, inductive and numeric reasoning assessments, 1-on-1 interviews) you are selected for an assessment centre (e.g., “AC”). The AC is an enriching experience as you are not only able to test your analytical and commercial skills with a group and individual case study, but also meet professionals across 3i, including Partners!
As a graduate analyst you embark on a 2.5-year journey with 3i, rotating within various teams across Europe. For instance, I have been part of the PE Operations & Finance team for the past 5 months and will soon spend the next 2 years between the UK Private Equity and Infrastructure teams. I am staying in the UK, but depending on your language skills you have the opportunity to join other European offices.
How did your experience at IEU prepare you for your professional career?
This 4-year international experience spent meeting and working alongside students from various backgrounds helped me build strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills. And this not to mention the practical teaching exposing you to real-life cases, which has been key to develop a commercial acumen.
What is the competitive advantage that studying at IEU provides or has provided you?
The entrepreneurial flair you develop at IEU is unique and is key to succeed in the investment world.
Do you have any advice for IEU students and alumni who are looking to pursue a career in your field?
Start building a genuine interest in the business world – and the investment industry in particular – as well as make sure to always show strong work ethic wherever you go.
Tell us about the IEU alumni community and the impact they have had in your life and / or career.
What stood out the most to me at IE is the opportunity to build both lifelong professional and personal relationships with brilliant minds. My IEU mentor is a great example of that as he was a key person to help me break into finance and has now even become my flatmate here in London!
What’s the best career advice you have ever been given?
“This is a marathon not a sprint …” is a powerful analogy, which I often came across with. While it can be interpreted in various ways, it highlights great things take time to build.
What is one thing you wished you knew, when you were a student?
There a lot of wonderful organizations out there looking to recruit driven students for summer / off-cycle internships and willing to invest a lot in them.
Talk to these organizations as soon as you can in your education life, go work for them and go get trained. You will better know what you are passionate about and already have a few practical experiences under your belt before you hit the job market in a few years.
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