|Mathematics and Physics|
|Finance and consultancy|
|Large business (250+ employees)|
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A day in the life of a Data Analyst in the United Kingdom
Data analysis contractor
My career goals when I graduated
Were to find a job firstly that I enjoyed, but also had good people working around and with me.
My career history
Before FDM I did a work experience week with Morgan Stanley Investment Management, an internship with a Chemical Engineering Company called Stanhope Seta and another internship with BAE Systems Detica, a cyber security consultancy. I also work part time as a caterer/waiter/bartender for a private events company called The Food Cellar.
What has helped my career to progress
My career has definitely been progressed due to the slightly nurturing nature of all the teams I have worked within. I have also been very fortunate to have worked under managers who have wanted to get the best out of me.
Active learning and enhancement of my skill set has also helped.
Courses taken since graduation
I have participated in the psychometric evaluator course called Insights. This course helps you not only to better understand yourself and how you work, but how to work better with others, particularly those people you don't necessarily get on with.
How my studies have helped my career
As you can see from the career I'm currently doing I'm not using any of the subject matter that I learnt from my degree. However what I am utilising is the way I had to think and the problem solving skills that were integral to my studies.
My advice to students considering work
Try everything and anything you can get your hands on. It's just as useful to out what you don't like as well as what you like in a career. This will help to narrow the field and help you find the one job you want to do.
My advice about working in my industry
There are a massive mixture of characters that work in the finance industry. Don't let the bigger characters walk all over you, they respect be challenged in the correct, diplomatic way.
Take every opportunity to get as much work experience as you can.
If you have any questions about FDM or about any of the other companies I've worked for please don't hesitate to contact. If you are nervous with interviews of any kind please do as well.
What I do
With FDM I trained to become a Data Analyst. I then interviewed with companies to get contracting positions within their teams. I have worked for BNP Paribas, Moodys and currently Barclays, where I work as a Data Analyst and MI Reporter for the Compliance function.
Skills I use and how I developed them
The skills I've learnt through the Data Analyst training program were Interviewing, Presenting, Excel/VBA and SQL. Through the three contracting positions I've held with FDM I've had to use all these skills, whether it be crunching and analysing data, presenting information to a wide audience or actually interviewing to get the role.
What I like most
I most liked the massive opportunity to work at some of the biggest companies all over the UK. All the companies I've worked for have been very different in both actual work and culture.
What I like least
There was uncertain amount of apprehension when you complete the training and you are going for your first contract interviews which was quite unnerving. But once you have done a couple, you start to feel a lot more confident. If you struggle with interviews FDM offers a great opportunity to help you overcome this difficulty and gain confidence.
What surprised me most
The companies that I was interviewing for. All big companies who, once you had finished your two year contract with FDM, were very ready to take you on permanently within their organisation.
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