Richard

Interest: Investments

Group: Equities

Office: LONDON

Interest: Investments

Group: Equities

Office: LONDON

Then and Now

Working in fundamental equities involves thinking independently, coming up with new ideas and sometimes challenging the consensus.

I feel that the way I approach problems adds a differentiated view, and contributes to team debate. Though my degree is in economics, this is certainly not a prerequisite. Everyone here has a diverse range of backgrounds and educations. My role involves carrying out industry and company research, meeting with company management, and placing recommendations on stocks to hold in our portfolios.

All the while, I’m developing knowledge of the stock market and portfolio construction.

Favorite Part of The Job

I just find the job fascinating. Each day is varied, and everybody in the firm, from senior leadership to new analysts, is open and friendly. I haven’t met an unpleasant person in the firm yet, and I’m starting to think I never will.

Senior Level Access

Even during my internship at BlackRock, a number of senior leaders in the equity department were happy to take the time to talk about the firm, the job and their careers.  This experience was actually one of the key factors that had me convinced BlackRock is the place for me.

BlackRock’s Graduate Program

BlackRock is a very large firm, but the graduate program provides a framework where you can meet people from all across the business who you’ll be working with in some way or another throughout your career. At the start of the program, every new analyst travels to New York, where we meet people from other geographies and build relationships across the firm. The graduate program also gave me the opportunity to see other parts of the business and meet senior leadership from across the firm.

Outside the Office

My main passions are traveling, sports, fitness, golf, and spending time with friends.  Work-life balance is very important to me, and luckily, it’s something that is actively encouraged at BlackRock.

Last Word

There are so many reasons to start a career here. BlackRock is a leading firm in the industry, the job is fascinating, and you’ll get amazing exposure to senior business leaders across all kinds of industries from day one. The culture is one that encourages you to go out and ask questions, and everybody in the firm is always willing and eager to help.

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