INDUSTRY ASSOCIATE, FINANCIAL SERVICES TEAM, New York, NY - July 18, 2015
The Forum puts you in a position to make excellent contacts and work on interesting projects. You will have to lead. Seriously. If you're not willing to fight for your projects and market them accordingly you will be frustrated. The Forum also has a habit of hiring overqualified people to do basic jobs and most jobs are pretty basic at the Forum as long as you have domain knowledge. This can also be a source of frustration. Leadership is very rigid and values credentials more than experience/knowledge. This sometimes has its benefits but more often than not it's a huge institutional flaw. Budgets are getting tighter so you will have to have a well-thought out plan to ensure you benefit from the second great benefit of working at the Forum: traveling.
Keep a good attitude and build strong relationships both internally and externally. You'll meet and work with amazing individuals. Unfortunately, the culture of the Forum turns a lot of people sour pretty quickly, however, because of that a well-connected optimist can thrive in this type of environment.