I’ve been in the New York office of Plural Strategy since July 2017. It’s my first job after graduating from the University of Michigan.

I started at Plural as an entry-level analyst and have recently been promoted to an associate.

As an analyst, most of the work I did was research and data analysis to support a strategy or commercial due diligence (CDD) project. CDD is where a client is looking at buying a company, and we help to evaluate whether they should.

Part of this is looking at quantitative metrics like KPIs to see how the company has grown in the past, and how it may grow in the future. Another part is online research, where we look at the strengths and weaknesses of the company and its competitors. Then there’s the strategy side, where we consider whether (and how) our client could grow the company if they acquired it.

Now, as an associate, I operate as a key cog between the project manager and analysts on larger projects or manage the team on smaller projects.

At Plural, you get a lot of responsibility early on. The team doesn’t place unfair expectations on you, but at the same time, you are given a lot of autonomy. You get properly trained and supported but you’re also trusted to do your job – you’re not kept on a leash.

What you do really matters. When I talk to friends in some larger companies, they’re replaceable. But here, if you’re in a team of six, your input decides whether a project succeeds or fails. That’s not necessarily a scary thing – it’s entrepreneurial. From day one, you feel like you own something.

It’s like a family. Everyone knows everyone and is really friendly. We help each other out, both in the office and outside of it.

Overall, it’s definitely been a steep learning curve, especially when I first started. You pick up what you need pretty quickly, though. And one of things I really like here is that it’s no problem to ask your neighbour for help if you’re stuck – even if they’re very senior. It’s part of the open, relaxed but hard-working culture.