Kit, Cost Transformation Analyst, BT plc

  • Case Study Kit MacInnes-Manby

    Kit

    Physics (BSc 2011)

    Cost Transformation Analyst, BT plc

Since leaving Bristol…

I was so focused on finishing my degree and getting the grade I wanted that I didn't really look for a job during my final year. Suddenly after graduating I found myself in the daunting position of not having anything lined up or any clear idea of what I wanted to do.

Over the following summer I signed up to all the job sites I could find and set up a LinkedIn page, which lead to direct contact from head-hunters. Although this did not lead directly to a job it did get me thinking about the kind of areas I wanted to work in. I looked at many different sectors from going into research to looking at law and all things in between to try and get a better idea of what I wanted to do. Another important part was asking around for advice through any available contact who worked in the areas that interested me.

All of this resulted in getting a few unpaid internships. I feel that these give you a great insight into working life and give you the opportunity to show what you can do without any real pressure on you to perform. In essence, you get out what you put in. From one of these internships I was eventually offered a temporary contract, which lead to a full time contract by the end of the year. I obviously feel very lucky to have landed a job after such little preparation before I graduated. However, in my opinion, as long as you're willing to work hard and offer to do anything, no matter how small, to get your foot in the door, you've always got a shot. If you find yourself with nothing to do don't be afraid to take the initiative and work on something you think you could improve.

In my current job…

I work as a Finance Analyst for the BT Cost Transformation team - a best in class, in-house consultancy that reports directly into the Group CFO. We work closely with the business unit CEOs and managing directors to deliver large-scale transformation programmes, with significant bottom-line and customer experience impact. We have also been instrumental in helping BT deliver on its strategy of sustainable growth. Prior to this, I worked for three years as an Analyst in Investment Analytics at Northfield Information Services, a leading financial services company. Working for a small company meant that I had a large variety of roles and responsibilities, and was exposed to all areas of work. This ranged from external activities such as responding to client enquiries or speaking to new prospects, to organising company events. I did a lot of internal work from testing new systems before release, to creating invoices and going through company finances or researching new infrastructure such as updates to the current network systems.

'The view to the top' was short and I had regular discussions with the president of the company and other senior managers, allowing me to learn from very experienced colleagues. One disadvantage of working for a small company was the lack of structure to your development that you would get if you joined a large company with a graduate program. When you start off it can be a very steep learning curve as you will be relied on almost instantly to make important decisions that directly affect the business. This can be made worse if, like me, you are going into a new area that is not directly linked to your studies.

Having a UoB degree…

While my current position isn't directly linked to my degree, there are a lot of transferable skills and there is no way I would have been able to get the job or competently do it without my degree. The reputation of Bristol is also a plus as I think a lot of the time they do look at where you went after you have met the mandatory grade they expect.

Hints/tips…

Don't be worried if you have no idea what you want to do. Look around as much as possible and try as many different things as you can; after all you don't want to do something for five plus years and not enjoy it. I think the only thing I would have done differently is to get more experience during my degree, as this would have meant I could have tried out more areas earlier and even possibly have had something lined up by the time I finished. However, as I said, there's still time after you've finished so it's not the end of the world!