Building a career at Bloomberg: Research & Development

A recent graduate describes her progression from intern to employee

Bloomberg is the leading global business and financial information and news provider that uses its media channels and technology to connect individuals, businesses and governments to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas that shape the business and finance world.

There are a plethora of opportunities available at Bloomberg for ambitious students, with internships across an array of departments. And often students' experiences on these internships result in exciting careers at Bloomberg. Here we spoke with a graduate working in Research & Development about her experiences as an intern and how it helped her secure a graduate position at the company.

Research & Development

This is the engine room for the Bloomberg terminal. Software developers here are responsible for building and improving the line of products Bloomberg offers.

New hires will gain early responsibility for the full lifecycle of a portion of a product, contributing to the design and roll-out of new software.

The breadth of this role means you can branch off into a variety of career paths, ranging from highly technical positions to more managerial roles.

Graduate profile

  • Name Emily Rigby
  • Role Software Developer
  • Education BSc Computer Science, University of Southampton

I found out about Bloomberg at my university careers fair. After chatting with a graduate recruiter, I was given a ticket to an open day, where I got to explore the Bloomberg office and meet people in different departments. From the design of the building and the attitudes of the people I met, I got the sense that Bloomberg is a very open company, full of friendly people who enjoy what they do. I saw it as a place I would work well at, which was important to me.

The Research & Development internship programme was really well thought out. It was also very flexible. You can intern for anything between ten and sixteen weeks, and you're also given the choice of which team in the department you'd like to work in. I wanted to keep my options quite broad, so I joined the Training team where I got to help on real projects. After the internship ended, I was offered a full-time role at Bloomberg and began a twelve-week training programme. Because I have no background in finance, I found the training useful for teaching me the basics I needed to do my job.

I now work as a software developer in foreign exchange and commodity derivatives. I'm writing code and working on tools that improve how data is displayed in order to help people price derivatives accurately. In a way, the work is very similar to my internship as I'm still working in C++ and JavaScript, but I'm also extending my knowledge and skills. It's great that I'm doing so because it makes me feel like a proper part of the team.

The main difference between an internship and a permanent role is that I now have to give myself goals. As an intern, the focus was more on learning than deadlines, but now people are relying on me doing my work on time so that they can do theirs.

I get a lot of career support. I have a weekly meeting with my manager to talk about how things are going in the team, what I think I need to do long term, and whether I think I need any more training.

As time goes on I'll play more of a part in decision-making within the team. In R&D you can either become a specialist developer or a manager, and I think a manager role would be better for me because I'm quite a people person. But for the moment, I'd like to get the most out of the role I'm doing now, and then move on to something more advanced when I feel I've achieved all I can here.