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Case Study: Jonathan

Personal details
Degree:MA Economics and Management Profile picture
School(s): School of Economics and Finance, School of Management
Year of Graduation:Jun-2013
National of: Isle of Man
Employment details
Organisation: Steer Davies Gleave
Job title: Assistant Consultant
Occupational Sector: Transport Consultancy
What has been your route to getting your current position?
I heard about Steer Davies Gleave (SDG) through a friend of a friend of a friend. Before hearing about them I had never heard of Transport Consultancy. Nevertheless, it seemed like an interesting sector so I decided to apply. I went through an online application process, an interview and an assessment centre. I started work in September 2013, after graduating from St Andrews in June 2013.
What does your job involve ?
My job is graduate-level and generally involves conducting analysis and modelling for a range of projects. This is often using spreadsheet models on excel, but I also use more specialist software and get involved in report-writing and non-numerical analysis too.
What are the best bits of your job ?
The variety of the work is great. SDG operates in a lot of different market sectors (Rail, Aviation, Urban Planning, etc) so there is plenty of interesting projects to get involved with. The people who work here are really capable, and are always happy to talk to you about their areas of expertise. There isn't an overly hierarchical structure, which facilitates good working relationships across the company. I find this culture to be particularly rewarding.
Why were you successful?
I didn't have a huge amount of work experience, however this was not an issue. Most important is enthusiasm for the work that the company does. Knowledge of the industry is important. Also, having strong team-working and analytical skills is a big plus. I was involved in a society committee while at St.Andrews and this was good evidence of a position of responsibility.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
Team-working is particularly important, and my Management degree gave me plentiful opportunities to practice this. Also, sound economic knowledge is important for my role (though there are other sectors of the company where this is less crucial). I get the opportunity to apply my degree, but also get lots of opportunities for learning new things and working in new areas.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
For me, transport consultancy is an ideal career path. If you like transport, economics, urban planning, or even simply problem-solving, transport consultancy is a route to consider. Also, I find SDG to be a great place to work - the company really looks after its employees.