• Perform qualitative and quantitative research to write a primer
• Monitor and interpret major industry news, developments and identify macro themes and trends affecting a sector
• Generate a constant flow of research ideas relating to top-down, bottom-up approach by analysing all publicly available data
• Design and maintain functional dashboards on the Bloomberg Terminal
• Develop and manage relationships with internal departments and external clients
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I loved the fact that I spent the first three weeks with a Strategy Team and then focused on the primer.
The first three weeks made me think more globally, using macro data while the second part was concentrated on the company-specific information.
I loved that Bloomberg is encouraging cooperation and willingness to help. I shadowed different departments and was able to get a better understanding of what it means to work in these particular teams.
I wished that there were projects to work on alongside an Analyst too, so can learn more
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I would say writing one primer adds value by expanding the coverage by one company, which is great, and I heard that my primer will be used and part of it published in two weeks. The timing worked well and the Analyst sees a good fit there, so pretty good contribution.
One more primer in the Consumer Discretionary sector will be a good addition to the Consumer Staples segment as well, as it has overlapping metrics and trends affecting the performance
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I got a good one-hour industry overview and what key metrics to look for. Mainly, it was an explanation why certain metrics matter and why the change in business operations can affect the performance in a specific way.
I think I got a solid guidance in terms what I should start with and where to get the data.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was not under stress but I always knew that I had a project going. The project did not include just a written part but also creating a dashboard, so learning and improving both parts simultaneously took time. The news was coming pretty much every day, peer companies were reporting, new M&A deals so there was always something to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was totally accountable for my project, and it was my responsibility if there was something wrong with the data or something is missing. However, I would not say it was extremely overwhelming or unrealistic. I personally love challenges so the more new tasks the better, I reached out when I had nothing to do right away but it was my call.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I study Finance, and very passionate about investments, so being an intern in BI definitely helped me to broaden my view and consolidate the knowledge. I improved my analytical skills by interpreting the data and trying to quantify its effect in a bigger picture, what direction the company performance will tilt more based on the factual figures.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Great! Nice, clean and has a lot of space. Do not feel stuck in a room with 100+ people with no windows and fresh air.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
From day 1 I knew what my 10 weeks placement will include and what the deadlines for the project were, as well as bigger scale meetings and the opportunity to do something additional
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Bloomberg provides lots of opportunities like Bloomberg University and supporting collaboration!
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
FANTASTIC! Could not ask for a better environment, would love to come back!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, I would say every second week!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cost of living was high for me, but I guess locals got used to it
I was socializing a lot...various places to visit
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
did not discover it
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
YES, walking tour, berry-picking farm, and free events!