Throughout my college experience, I would sit in my Babson classes and wonder- how could I use what I’m learning to do good? How can I apply this curriculum, but do it in a way that helps others? I discovered impact investing through research at the end of my junior year. After numerous informational interviews, conversations with professors, and personal research, I found Capria and knew it was a good fit. I wanted to find a firm that combined impact and business (and specifically private equity) and help internationally.
Capria was a perfect medley, and once I got my offer, I could not be more excited. I was accepted to be a Capria Intern for six months- starting a few weeks after graduation and was excited to get an opportunity to work in this competitive industry. I moved to Seattle and jumped feet first in this new adventure.
While Capria was starting to embrace eLearning for multiple projects, we all realized that there was a lack of talent that knew about the state of the art in online learning. I myself was not very exposed to online learning, but I had taken a few classes online, had deep technical video editing skills, and knew I could learn quickly. I’m thankful that Capria took a risk and gave me the opportunity to prosper and tackle challenges when there was a need. I took the opportunity to learn about best practices from many sources in the industry and eventually became the in-house eLearning expert.
Working with Capria’s partners including co-founder Will Poole who had previous experience in eLearning from investments he had done in India, we created over 15 eLearning modules for Capria fund managers. I helped Capria make the transition from classroom-based workshops for their fund manager partners to using principles of blended learning, with eLearning courses taken in advance, and classroom time reserved for challenging discussions and group interaction. I learned a ton about fund management as well as about eLearning, and had a great time constantly challenging myself to execute on this project.
After spending a year with this dynamic organization, I will share a few tips with you on how to make the most of your experience at Capria:
Be prepared (and enthusiastic) to work hard
Capria is a great work environment because they’re passionate and smart people trying to do so much. There is always an area to learn from and there is always someone to help. You’ll be given a role, but it is worth adding other aspects to your job to learn more. Take on supplemental work to learn about different areas of the business. It will be worth it, and as long as you keep a positive attitude and work hard, people will be willing to let you participate on work that needs to be done.
Look for opportunity
Capria is a fast-paced work environment where things are changing weekly. Be prepared (and excited) for this change and take advantage of finding avenues to help the business grow. There is always work to be done and there is always a need for help, so look for opportunity and advocate for yourself to lead it. It will be appreciated and will go a long way. Being in a small team exposed to senior leaders gives you the chance to learn and add value in so many ways.
Learn from the team
Capria’s team members have a wealth of knowledge. They have vastly different work experiences and there is a ton to learn from them. Take advantage of the Monday lunch-and-learns and Thursday “wine downs” to get to know these amazing people. At my age, it’s so rare to be able to have such close relationships with the leadership of ones’ firm, and it truly is an incredible experience as Capria allows us to do so.
To conclude, I had a great year at Capria and learned more than I could have asked for after a year of school. I am happy to reach out and talk to anyone about my experience. Do not hesitate to reach out to me on LinkedIn to learn more about my experience.