Pete Diamond: BA Business Economics 2014

I am a Strategic Analyst at MBNA, a UK Credit Card Company owned by Bank of America.  I am based in Chester and joined on the Graduate Scheme in September 2014 after graduating in BA Business Economics

What does your role involve and what is a typical work day like?

I work in the Analytics team within Credit Risk Strategies and get to work on a wide variety of projects.  No two days are the same.  I have worked on projects ranging from Acquisition Analytics Reporting to building a model to predict PPI complaints.  The role is so varied and gives me the opportunity for continuous learning.  MBNA have also sponsored me to complete my MBA which I am currently studying for part-time, around my role.

How did your course prepare you for your role?

The knowledge and skills I learned and developed at University have been instrumental for my role.  I regularly work with statistics to analyse trends and tell the story of what the huge amount of data is actually telling us.

How did you use the university careers service?

I attended several careers days and had help from the team in writing and perfecting my CV.

Did you undertake a placement?

I had an internship in the summer between second and third year.  I worked in Malaysia for a security technologies company for 3 months.  The experience was fantastic and definitely helped me shape my chosen career path as I was unsure on which path to take prior to the internship.

What did you enjoy most about your student experience?

It has to be the people I met and the knowledge and skills I developed along the way.  Both have stood me in good stead at this stage in my career.

What are your career goals for the future?

I definitely see my future in the finance sector.  My plan is to develop in my role current relating to business analytics as this provides great understanding of how the department, the business and the economy work and interact.  I would like to work in marketing in the future.  Luckily, my degree enabled me to pick some marketing modules, so hopefully this will help me.