Ed Mills

How did you get your job at NERA?

I applied for an intern role for the summer before my Masters, interviewing in the London office with the Energy Team. After my internship, I was offered a permanent role in the same team for once my studies were finished.

Why did you choose NERA?

I applied for NERA because it had a strong reputation for high quality economics, and I saw they worked on an interesting range of projects. I appreciated that I would join a specific practice area, meaning I would quickly gain the specialist knowledge necessary to become fully involved in complex project work.

I returned to the firm after my internship because I enjoyed the work I had done as an intern. I felt I fitted into the company culture, and I saw that NERA would help me develop my skills as an economist and as a consultant.

What’s your role like?

Even as a junior, I am heavily involved in all aspects of project work, and the project manager/director keeps you engaged with the bigger picture even when you are working on relatively small tasks. Every day you find yourself putting lots of the economics learned at university to practical use. While there is a lot of ‘on the job’ learning, there is also regular formal training and an excellent support network for developing your skillset.

My schedule varies significantly from day to day, while it is also likely to vary depending on what team you join. On an average day, my tasks can include:

  • Background research using, for example, academic literature, commercial research tools and government/regulatory reports.
  • Sourcing and manipulating data, and carrying out analysis in Excel or econometric software such as Stata.
  • Drafting and editing memos, report chapters and presentations.
  • Discussions with the team, briefing senior colleagues on your progress, taking part in conference calls with the client.

Advice for someone who would like to work in consultancy

Be hard working, take advantage of the opportunities presented to you, share your ideas and opinions when working on a project, and ask plenty of questions!

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