This role is about imagining how a future world will look, then finding the companies that will shape it.
80% of your time will be spent researching, so you’ll need to be imaginative with your sources including online, reading journals and reports, listening to recommendations from our other investment analysts and meeting the companies you are evaluating, often by travelling internationally. (Our graduate trainees are surprised they meet CEOs of major organisations so early in their careers.)
There’s also a strong creative and entrepreneurial aspect to this job. Looking at numbers, balance sheets and accounts is only a small part of the role. It’s much more about assessing management teams, thinking about a company’s culture and growth prospects. It may also involve researching politics, social-economic conditions, current affairs and people.
You will seek unique angles and insights to reveal investment opportunities others have missed then use your findings to write a company report or stock recommendation, to present to your team for debate. Having learned how to articulate in-depth information and your viewpoint through academic writing this will become second nature.