Careers one-on-one: Intern-Turned-Analyst

11 December 2019

Kruti Vora joined Plural as an intern in March 2019 and recently became an analyst. We sat down with her to ask about her journey and experiences.

 

Congratulations on becoming a permanent member of the team!

Thanks! I hoped the three-month internship would lead to an Analyst job, but I also just wanted to get some experience of strategy consulting. The more time went on, and the more I enjoyed the work, the keener I became to stay.

 

Why did you decide to go into consulting?

I graduated from LSE with a BSc in Mathematics with Economics then went travelling for six months. After that, I wanted to do something dynamic, with lots of variety and opportunities to learn. The analytical and problem-solving side of consulting really appealed to me.

 

Why pick Plural?

I applied to big firms too but Plural held a particular appeal. I thought I’d have earlier responsibility and more variety in (plus impact on) projects. Plural seemed very lively, with a supportive and innovative culture. I hadn’t heard of its specialist sectors before either, so everything was very new to me. I liked that.

 

What did the recruitment process involve?

I did a numerical online test, a phone interview and two face-to-face interviews – one with an Analyst and one with an Associate Director. I knew the interviews would be case study-related so I looked up some market-sizing questions and studied Plural’s website to prepare.

I really enjoyed the interviews – they felt more personal than many I’d done. I felt I could ask questions I might normally be nervous about.

 

Was the internship what you expected?

Yes. I had 1.5 days of training then went straight on to a project. Most training is on the job, which is very exciting – it means you’re adding to the project from the get-go. I’d start the day not understanding what something meant and by the end of the day, I’d understand it and be doing analysis on it. It’s really fast moving.

 

Can you describe a typical day?

I’d have a 9.30 am catch-up with the project manager to set out the work plan for that day. I’d then do data analysis or desk research before having lunch at about 12.45 pm. (It’s nice because everyone eats in the kitchen, even if they go out to buy their food first.)

I’d have another catch-up mid-afternoon to discuss progress. As I had limited experience, my project manager would check through my key findings and analysis with me. I was able to approach things in my own way first, but always got guidance and help from the project manager when I needed it.

I’d then either change the work I’d done or start some new analysis. I’d finish work at around 6 pm – later if the deadline was close.

 

How’s that different now you’re an Analyst?

Work-wise, the day is pretty similar. The difference is that I run my own work streams, rather than supporting them. That means I have fewer catch-ups and they’re more about updates and next steps than checking my findings. I also contribute to more client calls.

 

How did Plural help prepare you for the next step?

From day one I had a project manager, a line manager, and a mentor. So I always had someone to ask if I was stuck. I had a feedback session at the end of each project, too, as well as one with my line manager in week six. So it was clear what skills I needed to become an Analyst.

Whatever your level, Plural helps you develop by exposing you to work you haven’t done before. You can also say what you want to do at the start of each project – the project manager is normally happy to help.

 

What interesting projects have you worked on recently?

I helped carry out commercial due diligence on a firm that provides apprenticeship courses. That meant evaluating the company through a market and competitive analysis as well as by looking at its financials. It was interesting because we had to answer different questions from usual, like: are the learners completing the courses? If so, are they passing?

 

How does your current role fit in to your overall career plan?

I really enjoy the work so for me it’s about moving up within strategy consulting. The Associate role at Plural involves more leadership; your six-monthly appraisals are a chance to see if you’re exhibiting the attributes you’ll need. Generally, though, Analysts become Associates after 18-24 months.

 

What would you say to someone thinking of applying for an Analyst role at Plural?

I’d say you learn a lot in a very short time while getting loads of exposure and support. The people are very welcoming, approachable, bright and younger than you might expect. There’s not much of a hierarchy, either, so it’s easy to talk to senior people socially as well as ask for their help. It’s a great place to start your consulting career!

 

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