Connor Martin, Physics with Mathematics (2016)

Degree – Physics with Mathematics (2:1)

Graduated – 2016

Current Employment – Risk Technology Consultant at Razor Risk (London & Frankfurt)

What are your main responsibilities in your current job?

To summarise my job into one sentence, I’d probably say that I’m an “implementation consultant”.  More specifically I help with the implementation and configuration of a risk management platform. An implementation consultant has to be quite flexible, and have a various number of skills as their job can change throughout a project, but I’d say my main responsibilities are the following:

  • Manage all phases of project implementation
  • Business consultancy, gathering Client requirements and translating these into development docs, as part of implementation and upgrade projects
  • Implementation development, which includes data interfaces, workflows and bespoke reports
  • Define and execute system test plans to ensure client requirements are met
  • Support for end users to troubleshoot, diagnose and resolve complex technical issues
  • Coordination with internal staff and clients to ensure on-time project deliveries
  • Train end users on the technical configuration and features of the system
  • Maintain strong working relationships with clients

Which skills are important for your job?

I’d say that general problem solving skills, and the ability to think logically and laterally are the most important skills. These are most certainly skills I gained whilst studying physics, as sometimes you have to think outside the box to try and gain the right answer. Additionally, I’d say that communication and time management skills are extremely important; skills of which I massively improved upon at Keele. For example, my third year project gave me a lot of insight into how to plan a project in general, and communicate the results successfully, these skills have been transferred into a lot of areas in my life. Even though my job doesn’t necessarily require me to know any physics, all of the skills of which you learn whilst studying physics are directly transferable into many job markets, especially finance which is where I found myself.

What are the highlights of your job?

I’d say the main highlight of my job is that it has given me the ability to travel. I started my job in London, however due to company expansion and emerging markets we decided to open an office in Frankfurt, and I decided to take a leap and move my life to Germany. My job isn’t simply sitting a desk 9-5 though, I have to interact with directly with clients, meaning I have to be onsite, meaning I get to see many of the great cities of Germany (i.e. Stuttgart & Munich).

Alongside this I was given a lot of responsibility very early, meaning that I felt like I was having a real impact in the banking world (however small that may be).  I felt like at one moment I was a simple graduate student, and the next I was helping build the risk management data structures in Germanys largest Landensbank (LBBW). Whilst attending networking events you also get to meet incredibly interesting, and sometime influential people. Not to brag, but I have met many Directors & CEOs of large financial institutions in London, and the main thing that I took away from my meetings was that a lot of them had degrees in physics. This was very reassuring, and provides me with inspiration that maybe one day I’ll be in their shoes.

How did you find your current job?

I didn’t’t find my current job, it found me. I was lucky enough to be noticed by a recruiter, therefore, I couldn’t stress enough the importance of keeping your CV up to date and posting it on as many job sites as possible. The main ones I’d recommend for graduates are:

  • Linkedin
  • Gradcracker
  • GRB (Graduate Recruitment Bureau)

However, don’t treat these as the source of all the jobs available, there are many jobs which are only posted on company websites, so I’d also recommend looking at the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers and seeing if any interest you there too, and when they’re recruiting.

Does your employer have a graduate recruitment scheme?

No, they don’t. However, if my job interests you I know that there are many “Implementation Consultant” jobs available in many fields, the process I have to follow is applicable to many markets from implementing software, to implementing a “general” solution to any problem.