We caught up with Chetan who is in his second year with Clearwater in Birmingham, to discover what life is like and how completing an internship set him up for a successful career there.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your background
I am an Executive at Clearwater International having joined the business as a graduate in 2020. Prior to joining on a full-time basis I completed an internship with firm over the summer of 2019. I then went back to the University of Nottingham for the final year of my degree where I graduated with a BSc in Economics.
What originally attracted you to Clearwater?
My first encounter with Clearwater was through a company networking event held in Nottingham. Having heard briefly about the firm and it’s leading position in mid-market M&A I was intrigued to learn more. During the event I was surprised to see so many faces from across the firm ranging from analyst level all the way up to directors and partners and this allowed me to better understand the collaborative and team-based culture of the firm which has resonated with me ever since. This culture is central to what drew me to Clearwater and gave me confidence that I would be in the right environment for me to begin my career and develop as a professional.
How did the intern scheme set you up for a successful career with Clearwater?
The intern scheme was a fantastic opportunity to familiarise myself with the day-to-day work that the business is involved with in order to deliver excellent outcomes for clients. Straight away I had the opportunity to sit in on company wide calls and even external meetings which really helped to cement how the work relates to overall processes and company objectives. I felt as though I had a really good balance in terms of desktop working and internal / external networking. Further to this, the support I received whilst working was a massive positive factor for me. I felt comfortable asking questions and receiving answers on a range of topics, both in terms of the work I was responsible for and more generally about the company and the M&A sector.
How is the graduate scheme supporting your development?
The graduate scheme has been a great experience so far. My first few weeks felt like I was picking up where I left off at the end of my internship. I joined the business full-time during a busy period and as a result I was given a lot of responsibility and exposure to different areas of work. This was made significantly easier to manage as there were many colleagues who had reached out to offer their help and guidance which allowed me to stay on top of my work but also continually learn about how to produce high quality work. Working across a range of deals in a variety of sectors and collaborating with people across the UK business (and in some instances overseas too!) has really helped me to develop and learn so much in a relatively short period of time.
What do you enjoy most about working at Clearwater?
I like that no two days are ever the same. This is helped immensely by the fact that you get to be involved in pitch work, deal origination work, live deals and even debt processes. The range of projects that you get to work on allows you to develop holistically in corporate finance and ensures that you’re learning is dynamic and engaging.
What advice would you give to applicants looking to start their career at Clearwater?
If you are someone who is smart, curious and willing to learn then Clearwater presents a great environment to start your career in the world of corporate finance. You will have wide ranging responsibilities but you will feel confident in your approach to the work because the colleagues around you will set fantastic examples of how to conduct yourself. There will be plenty of opportunities to network with people throughout the business and industry. There are also great opportunities for some down time and team building activity days that are always great fun.
What do Clearwater’s values / culture mean to you?
Adaptable. Personable. Committed. These three words do an excellent job of setting a high standard that the company aims to fulfil on a daily basis in terms of the work we do and the approach we take to serving the community. To be Adaptable means to recognise that no two situations are ever the same and so our approach to our clients must be tailored to their needs and their situation specifically – something the business has a long track record of executing successfully. To be Personable means to put your best foot forward when engaging with new people and managing relationships with the people we work with and work for – this is best evidenced by the excellent outcomes the company has achieved for business owners and also the valuable, long-standing relationships that the firm holds with investors. To be Committed means to be driven, motivated and passionate in not only delivering the outcomes that are most desirable to our clients and never compromising on the quality of the work we do, but also striving to give back to local communities and those in need in as many different ways as possible.
Interested in following Chetan's footsteps? Find all opportunities with Clearwater here.