Business Intelligence Analyst - Fiona Burns

Business Intelligence Analyst at Odgers Berndtson
BA Philosophy, Religion and Ethics 

What does your role involve? 

My role involves working in a research team analysing and gaining an insight to a variety of markets and companies globally and within the UK. 

We respond to a large number of internal enquiries within the business to deliver thorough and accurate business information on ever changing markets and businesses ranging across all sectors from FTSE 100 companies to privately owned start-ups. 

We also play a vital role in keeping various parts of the business up to date with the latest business related current affairs. 

What do you enjoy most about your job? 

I really enjoy how broad the research is, as a recent graduate keen to learn about different companies and career options I get to look into a variety of businesses everyday. I was unsure what I wanted to do as a career at first but I feel as though this job is helping me make a clearer decision about what that might be. We also work internally helping out different practices within Odgers. This has been really good to get to know different people in the company, helping to build my confidence too. 

What’s most challenging? 

Having not come from a business background whatsoever, the most challenging part for me was understanding and getting to grips with the terminology in business and finance. 

How did your time at Birmingham help prepare you for this role? 

I have learnt to effectively transfer the research skills I learnt throughout my 3 years of studying Philosophy, Religion and Ethics at UoB. Time management is also very important; as we respond to a lot of research enquiries in a day, it is important to keep on top of them and not fall behind. 

What advice would you give to students interested in your industry or role?

Definitely keep up to date with business related current affairs to stay on top of what is going on. Be open minded, you never know what interesting things you can find out about some industries! This is also a good starting point for anyone interested in going into executive search, as it gives you a broad idea of lots of different sectors and the people in some top companies.


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