Building a career at Bloomberg: Sales and Analytics

A recent graduate describes his 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 Sales and Analytics about his experiences as an intern and how it helped him secure a graduate position at the company.

Sales and Analytics

This department is the face of Bloomberg. New hires will begin their careers in Analytics, specialising in either fixed income, equities, foreign exchange, or commodities.

You'll be dealing with clients' questions, helping them to get the most out of the Bloomberg terminal.

You could become an expert in your field, take on a leadership role, or join Sales, where you'll sell the suite of market-leading solutions Bloomberg provides to its high-level clients.

Graduate profile

  • Name Niji Adeleye
  • Role Analytics Representative
  • Education BSc Economics, University of Kent

I wanted to do something different with my qualifications. The common route for economics graduates is to go into investment banking, but I wanted to be at the heart of the markets and really learn how market data flows. Bloomberg is vital to the markets because nearly everyone uses the terminal, which is why I wanted to do an internship here.

I chose Sales and Analytics because it's the most client-facing. It's also good working here because you get to shadow people in two different departments over ten weeks - you learn about things from an analytics point of view, and from the people in sales that are actually selling the terminal. I also like to be hands-on, and you can't get more hands-on than helping clients with their queries and potentially selling them the terminal.

I could see it was nothing like any other finance company. Office life at Bloomberg is very open - there are no closed-off areas. The free-flowing structure made me feel like it was the kind of place where there are no barriers to progression. I'm quite driven, so that really encouraged me to stay on here.

I knew Bloomberg was right for me, so I wanted to maximise my chances of getting a graduate role. All the interns had a meeting with the chief executive Dan Doctoroff and at the end I stuck my hand up and asked him if I could shadow him. Luckily, he said yes - so I went to the global managers' meeting. I guess he probably thought that I'd sit at the back and not say anything, but I sat right at the front and got involved with the discussion. I suppose it was risky, but it paid off because I was offered a permanent role.

I now sit on the analytics desk in the fixed income team. After three months of training I was finally unleashed onto the floor. At the moment, my role involves answering questions from clients and other Bloomberg employees. Some are more functionality-based, such as "There's something wrong with my Instant Bloomberg", or "Why aren't my emails forwarding?", but I'm slowly starting to answer some questions specifically on fixed income, such as "Is there a function for new bond issues?" It's still very much a learning process. I've also just become a mentor for the new starters, helping them get settled into their new roles, which is a big responsibility, especially as I only just started in September myself!

Looking to the future, I'd like to move more onto the sales side. But I definitely want to first build my knowledge of the terminal and of the markets.

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