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Factset Research Systems visits Class of 2014

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For the past three years LISA has hosted FactSet Reasearch Systems to come and give a talk to the graduating class, in an informal discussion about what FactSet does, a life of a FactSet’er and what makes the firm both relevant and unique to a graduate of the LSE Information Systems Group.

 

Sarah Scadding, Campus recruiter for FactSet came to LSE on Friday February 7th, and was joined by former Factset employee and LISA member Charles Wahab, and Dr. Ela Kelcun from the ISI Group. Miss Scadding began her presentation by giving a brief overview of what FactSet does, and what sort of place it is to work there. An ever growing company, the firm opens an office in a new country almost every year, with their outreach now standing at 31 countries in all continents. A diverse group of people, working in a dynamic, fast paced environment focused on providing high tech solutions for the financial industry. However, FactSet prides itself with its culture, by having many social activities, a free lunch for all employees, and most importantly, excellent customer service.

A good segway on the importance of helping customers, Sarah talked about the Consultant role, which is a group of tech savy, yet business oriented individuals who understand the usability of the FactSet terminal. Their role is to help clients make better use of the Factset tools, not simply by answering customer queries, but by suggesting new and better ways of doing things. Which explains why FactSet supports its employees to work on obtaining CFA  certifications, which is invaluable to anyone working in the financial industry.

Stepping in for Sarah’s colleague who could not attend, Charles talked about his experience working as a Software Engineer for FactSet which gave him the exposure to financial services, while still being relatively safe in a more technical environment he was more accustomed to coming from a computer science background.

FactSet provides a natural transition environment for IS graduates, as should they be from strong scientific backgrounds such as computer science and engineering, or from business and economics, armed with an MSc from the LSE, the firm offers an alternative to the conventional firms recruiting at LSE, and uniquely tailored for future LISA members, as they leave their Alma matter, and don’t want to make any hard or early decision on whether

At the warrant of the students, the careers session was a success. It is also important to note the firm welcomes applications for students from outside the EU, making all students, regardless of nationality, eligible to apply.  LISA thanked the presenters, and invited them to return next year, in hope of building a lasting relationship, that can only get stronger.

 

LISA Holds Second Annual Careers Events


By Charles Wahab and Heemanshu Jain

One of the main goals of LISA is to build relationships with employers and industries to foster employment opportunities for its graduates. However, the aim of LISA is not only to bring in the recruiters for a presentation, but run a discussion session with the students to give them something more than what they would get at conventional careers fair: a sneak preview into these respective companies and to life after ADMIS.

LISA and the ISI Group were delighted to host Ms Sedef Buyukataman, Senior recruitment manager at Cisco Systems, and Ms Anna Stasinou and Mr Stan Gocman, representing Factset Research Systems. LISA was particularly happy that Ms Buyukataman returned to the LSE, as she had previously presented, with Factset, a leading provider of financial software solutions worldwide, visiting the ISI Group for the first time.

The presentation began with a short presentation by LISA, represented by Charles Wahab and Heemanshu Jain from the LISA committee, giving a brief overview of LISA, the careers effort and news on upcoming events. Thanking Professors Leslie Willcocks and Steve Smithson for their support and attendance, they handed the floor to Cisco who went through a short slide show on the Cisco recruitment process, the number of applications received to the screening process. Although the “bread and butter” of Ms Buyukataman’s talk was not the presentation content rather than the discussion that followed: she made an interesting point that is of particular relevance to the students that the increasing demand for bandwidth, such as cloud computing and video based content, does not only mean more routers and switches sales for Cisco, but also a hunger for innovation, which stems from people with fresh ideas: graduates and new recruits.

Ms Buyukataman explained how their recruitment process works, and strongly stressed on the importance of a concise and well written resume. 20 seconds is all an applicant gets to grab the recruiters attention, and knowing about the company is fundamental, something students don’t always account for, and is often the first hurdle they stumble on. Ms Buyukataman was fielded many questions by the students, from the specifics of how would an LSE Information Systems graduate fit in the Cisco organisation, to the “dos and don’ts” of a graduate application.

Ms Stasinou, an LSE graduate herself, and Mr Stan Gocman then took the floor to talk about Factset Research Systems. Factset Research Systems is a leading provider of financial data and analytics, a billion dollar company competing with the likes of Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters. The Factset terminal is a well-known tool within the investment banking and investment management community, with its unique representation of data that allows users to build in complex financial models within their data spread sheets, pull market data and analytics from over 250 financial databases in milliseconds. The Factset Marquee terminal provides a variety of charts and news feeds that users can customize, and their flagship Portfolio Analytics product is a market leader. Charles Wahab worked at Factset as an ADMIS graduate and joined the conversation that went into the nuts and bolts of what Factset do, to
give students a real life experience of how it would be to work at Factset. A software vendor, the Factset consultant role at the firm is an ideal position for students with a background in technology and information systems to break into financial services.

At the warrant of the students, the careers session was a success. It is also important to note that both firms welcome applications for students with a Post Study Work visa, making all students, regardless of nationality, eligible to apply. LISA thanked the presenters, and invited them to return next year, in hope of building a lasting relationship, that can only get stronger.