As an AlphaScholar, one is quickly embedded into one of four AlphaSights divisions here in London: Consulting, Corporate, Capital Markets or Private Equity. Within these teams, one has daily insight into dozens of companies in numerous industries based all over the world. From French FinTech to Indian mobile payments to UK casual dining startups: AlphaSights is at the crossroads of knowledge flows and international business affairs. To experience this as an 18-year-old ‘gappie’ is highly valuable.

This programme has significantly accelerated my understanding of potential career paths and broadened my perception of the world

Furthermore, one gains the earliest insight into adult working life with commuting, time management and financial planning all important factors. The most valuable element of the Scholars scheme for me was therefore the sense of perspective it affords, both with university as well as for longer-term career ideas. Through daily conversations with opinion leaders in a huge range of markets, to insights and advice gleaned from AlphaSights colleagues, this programme has significantly accelerated my understanding of potential career paths and broadened my perception of the world and its opportunities. Rogue as it may be to quote US comedian Larry King, one of his anecdotes has stayed with me and explains this point better than I could: “I remind myself every morning that nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I am to learn, I must do it by listening.”

Hence I leave this company and placement with a radically different view of the business and working world. My daily reading base has expanded to include innovation, tech startup and current/business affairs channels introduced to me at work. Commercial conversations with more experienced friends and family feel somewhat more accessible as I am now more confident of adding value. I have genuinely found the past eight months to be an enormous eye-opener.

This placement has fast-tracked my personal understanding of the business world

In short, this placement has fast-tracked my personal understanding of the business world. It takes you in as a fresh-faced school leaver and lets you go as a smarter, savvier and more mature young person; ready and game to take on the challenges that inevitably lie ahead. It is clear to me that applying to AlphaSights was one of the best decisions I have made and, if you are looking to fill your gap year with a meaningful, lasting experience, then you should highly consider the AlphaScholars programme too.

Interested in our AlphaScholars Programme? Apply here by Friday 29th April.