Junior Associate (Industrial Placement) at AlphaSights

Placement Year (10 Months+)
London Central London and City
Review Date
£18,000 - £19,999
Business Analytics Business Intelligence Business Management Market Research Sales


The Role



The Role

Role Description

Working alongside Analysts and more senior members of the team, you will contribute to projects exploring diverse sectors and geographies. Your responsibilities will include researching different markets and identifying individuals with a precise expertise profile. You will communicate regularly with thought leaders from industry, thereby directly generating revenue for the business. The role is stimulating, challenging and rewarding; expect to work on multiple and varied projects at once and be involved in client projects from briefing through to delivery.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I enjoyed many aspects of my time at AlphaSights both in terms of the role at the company, as well as the social side too. I learnt a lot from the work I was engaged in and developed management skills from those I work with on a daily basis.


2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

As a placement student at AlphaSights, you are never seen as the 'intern'. You are valued equally to any other employee and given many challenging opportunities throughout the placement.


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Each placement student will attend an introductory training week whereby management will go over all the core elements of the Associate role. Additionally, your manager and mentor will support you with any issues you may have throughout your time at AlphaSights whether it is regarding the work itself or future opportunities during/post university.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

AlphaSights is growing rapidly and they are constantly recruiting new graduates into the company to keep up with the demands of their clients. As a result of this growth, a placement student is almost always busy on a daily basis, particularly when more responsibility is given to you as your placement progresses. Also, other initiatives outside of your day to day role can consume a lot of your time which means it is very rare to not have your hands full!


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

One of the main attractions of AlphaSights as a placement student is the responsibility that you are given throughout the year. You are trusted to work with prestigious clients, manage whole projects and take ownership of your work which comes with a lot of responsibility. You are given responsibility to build strong relationships with your particular clients and have control of your own P&L account.


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

As with most business degrees, it is crucial to have real world examples and commercial understanding when completing assignments or exams. Working at AlphaSights allows you to explore multiple industries and sectors which not only enhances your general commercial awareness, but also provides you with specific examples that can be used in your final year of study.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere at AlphaSights is energetic, fast paced and exciting. As a company that predominantly consists of recent graduates, people approach their work in an enthusiastic way which encourages great team work and a fun working environment.


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

There wasn't too much structure to my placement, simply because I was one of the first placement students that they had employed. However, the benefit of this is that you were expected to integrate and work alongside full-time employees and take on as much responsibility as everyone else.


9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

Within your team you will have both a manager and a mentor to provide ongoing training throughout the year. Additionally, you will be allocated a 'buddy' that will typically be in a different segment whereby you can meet them to discuss ideas or issues while on your placement. There are also training and development sessions with groups of employees to discuss your experiences at AlphaSights and your future career aspirations.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Company Car
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • National Travel
  • International Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare from home
  • Healthcare/Dental
  • Travel loan

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Working at AlphaSights lets you understand various industries and work with a range of investment clients which can open up many doors for future employment. Alternatively, in my case for example, I was offered a permanent role for after graduation at AlphaSights to continue working in the Client Service Team.



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Absolutely - as a very young and vibrant group of employees, many social events take place whether it be after work drinks, sports trips or summer retreats.


13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

AlphaSights is based in Mayfair and the surrounding area is extremely expensive in terms of rent. I lived about 30 minutes commute to the office and I was paying approximately £700 a month on rent. Socialising around this area is relatively expensive too but there are good transport links to go to cheaper areas if ever.


14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

There are some great pubs and bars in the area, as well as some lively restaurants and rooftops which are particularly great in the summer months. However the Mayfair clubs are inevitably very expensive.


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Even as a placement student, there are many opportunities to get involved in initiatives outside your daily role. This could be activities such as charity work, social initiatives or sports outside of the office and you are encouraged to get involved as much as you can.