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Case Study: Cameron

Personal details
Degree:BSc (Hons) Chemistry Profile picture
School(s): School of Chemistry
Year of Graduation:Jun-2015
National of: Australia
Employment details
Organisation: FTI Consulting
Job title: Research Analyst
Occupational Sector: Economic Consulting
What has been your route to getting your current position?

I applied during my last year and joined in September after finishing my degree but in my intake there are a mix of people with Masters, gap years and with other work experience.

What does your job involve ?

As a company we act as economic experts for contentious disputes, this generally means providing a valuations which will go before an arbitration or court with an opposing expert attempting to discredit our work. On a day to day basis the job involves data analysis, research and report writing. We work in small teams so you interact with people of all levels and your opinions are heard and acted on.

What are the best bits of your job ?

The best bit of working at FTI is the variation of work. I've worked on a real range of disputes from gas pricing to valuing a portfolio of alternative investments to regulatory disputes to calculating the costs of failed IT solutions. They involve different skills and problems and test you differently which helps to keep the work interesting.

Why were you successful?

Talking to people about the work we do and getting a first-hand account of it really helped. We aren't another management consulting firm and understanding that and you understand our business really helps you stand out!

What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?

I came from a background of no economics but that isn't an obstacle and can even be an advantage. The main skills I've used are analytical thinking, research skills and quantitative analysis. Being highly numerate and having good competency with excel are also very important.

What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?

I'd highly recommend FTI. It’s a competitive salary and benefits package including a professional qualification (your choice of CFA or ACA) and are a good bunch of people to work with that you won’t want to run away from on Friday afternoon!