What is your role in the team?
My role as a research analyst is to look into the context of the case and to research different aspects (qualitative and quantitative) that are then built upon and used to produce the final output which could be in the form of strategic advice to a client or a client report.
What are your main responsibilities on a day-to-day basis?
My day-to-day responsibilities vary quite a bit depending on the project I’m working on. I spend my time on qualitative and quantitative tasks including collecting data using financial software like Bloomberg and CapitalIQ and analysing it using models built in Excel, researching certain firms, industries or a particular aspect of the case, or sometimes helping my manager write up sections of the final report.
What is your greatest achievement/proudest moment/highlight so far?
My greatest achievement at FTI so far has been following a case I worked on from the start to its completion. It is very satisfying to see the work that you have produced actually being used in the final output.
What training have and support have you received so far?
A two week intensive training program was arranged at the start for all the new Research Analysts. This was meant to be a holistic training that developed soft skills as well as technical skills including an introduction to basic financial models as well as business writing. FTI EFC also supports you through the ACA/CFA qualification. There is also a range of other optional training sessions help throughout the year that give us the opportunity to develop skills that we think we lack. EFC also hosts ‘Knowledge Share’ sessions every so the wider team have the opportunity to hear their colleagues presenting something that they’ve worked on recently.
What attracted you to FTI’s graduate scheme?
FTI EFC differs from other firms in that it allows graduates to work in many different areas before specialising in one. This specifically drew me to the graduate scheme here as I wanted to experience the different kind of applications of the economic skills that I had learned through my academic education. To have the opportunity to work in different areas (regulation, financial services and energy to name a few) over a short period is not one that is found often. FTI also provides excellent in-house training that is very important to me at this early stage of my career.
What sort of people do you work with?
I work with a variety of people from different backgrounds with different levels of experience. There are many people here with backgrounds in science and arts besides the obvious economics background! We usually work in small teams that allows us to get quite involved in the project and learn from people with more experience than us.
How did you come to be on this graduate scheme?
I graduated from an M.Phil. in Economics before joining FTI EFC. I was looking for a role that would allow me to use the economic knowledge and research skills that I had developed over the course of my education. I found this to be a perfect fit as this would allow me to apply the theory I had learned to practical real-world issues.
What have you been involved in outside of the day to day?
FTI runs a woman’s network called Balance Network that organises several events and I have attended many of these. One of the most interesting events I attended was a talk by Dr Sarah Fane (founder of The Afghan Connection). I have also attended several ‘Knowledge Share’ sessions.
What do you most value about working at FTI Consulting?
To me, the best part of FTI is its people. Everybody is extremely friendly and approachable. As project teams are usually quite small, we also get the opportunity to interact with the senior management at an early stage and they are all very willing to help you develop necessary skills which makes the learning process smooth, fun and efficient!