Life in the Real World, As an Analyst Graduate

I am now just finishing up my second month working for Virgin Media on the analyst scheme, after graduating from university only a few months ago. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I finished university, and after studying maths I had lots of different options - but none of them seemed right for me. When I found VMs analyst programme it just looked perfect for what I wanted!

I work in the consumer analytics team looking at customer data and utilising it to better customer experience - I’m currently working on a way to detect customers that we can contact in order to upgrade their broadband. Most of my day is spent coding in various programmes including SQL servers, R and SAS which we use to extract data and build various models. Learning to code was really interesting and I was surprised that I actually enjoy it! (Which is good since it is most of my job).

For my first placement year I have been placed in the Hammersmith office in London and it is amazing. Every day there seems to be something fun going on! At the start of this week we had the launch for 4G, and the mobile team organised popcorn, pick’n’mix and racing simulators. Unfortunately, my time for the racing kept getting knocked off the leader board, even after 4 attempts…

The grad and intern community within Virgin Media is full of friendly people who are always willing to help you out if you need it. We have organised training days where we get to meet up with grads from different offices that we may not get to see very often. Also, we are currently organising fundraising for our Scope Challenge! This is where we are split into groups, across offices and different schemes, and are given the opportunity to raise money by taking over a Scope charity shop for the day and raising money before that day.

If you are thinking about applying, I would definitely say go for it! I can’t imagine a better place than VM for training and providing you with the skills you require for your career.

Comments

Posted by Deepbim on 7 December 2016 at 12:34 PM

Hi Holly,
I was wondering if you knew R programming before hand or you learned it on the job. It is something I would like to learn but is not taught in my course but I am very familiar with SPSS and will be learning SAS, VBA and etc.
Also, are we able to let the managers know about what we are interested in learning along with the core requirements?

Thanks,
Deepbim

Posted by Holly on 7 December 2016 at 1:16 PM

Hi Deepbim,
I knew a little about R, but not much. I wasn't familiar with any of the other programming tools we use and my team were willing to help me learn all of them as I went along!
Personally, my manager has been very flexible and they take note of what you want to get from your role. If there was anything specific you wanted to learn, there will always be someone who knows how to get you there.
Hope this helps!
Thanks
Holly

Posted by Haris on 8 July 2017 at 1:54 PM

Hi Holly,
I have a couple of questions. Firstly, in terms of the programming languages, due you have to have prior knowledge about a programming language to get on to this role? I have only done a python module in my first year and to be honest, I am not very comfortable with programming. However, I am a willing learner and want to improve my programming skills. Would you say someone like me who is not very comfortable with programming but is willing to learn should apply for this role?

Secondly, I have a question regarding career progression. Which roles lead to a natural progression after completing the graduate scheme? Where can I be say in 10 years time??

Many Thanks,
Haris

Posted by Holly on 22 September 2017 at 9:29 AM

Hi Haris,
You do not have to have knowledge of programming languages but it can be a benefit. You should definitely apply for this role as I had a similar level of experience! Everyone is very helpful with getting you up to speed with different coding languages and there is training available to help you.
In regards to career progression, the analyst roles on the scheme are very varied and are widespread across the business - you could end up anywhere after the scheme! Graduates can either stay on in an analytical based role or move on to a more commercial or business based role depending on how they find their first two years on the scheme. This makes it very hard to say where you could be in 10 years as there are so many different paths you could take!

Hope this helps
Holly

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