Working at Fathom
My first day at Fathom was a memorable one, setting the tone for what I now know to be the ‘Fathom’ way! It was the annual Away Day, and I joined the team at a stately home for an afternoon of intense debate, followed by food, drink and a shamelessly unskilled game of snooker. Other than the team’s questionable cue control, I recall being surprised by the intensity of debate — discussing openly both Fathom’s research offering and content. All views were welcome, mine included. That hasn’t changed. Since joining the industry in 2009, I consider myself fortunate enough to have only ever worked in companies that value differences of opinion and original thinking. At Fathom, providing you carry out the necessary (rigorous) analysis, the house view is yours for the making. This level of involvement, as well as the camaraderie of the team as a whole, eradicates the usual 9-to-5 tedium. Some might even say that Fathom is fun. Did I mention beer o’ clock…?
I arrived at Fathom with eight years’ experience in investment research. I had already developed sharp analytical skills, financial modelling expertise and a comprehensive understanding of economics and financial markets. At Fathom Consulting, I put these skills to good use by leading coverage of the US economy and contributing to a number of our research publications. I feel that my contributions really do make a difference: not only do they help shape our view on the global economy and financial markets, but I can see how they are used to inform clients about the issues that are important to them. I have frequent contact with clients and I get involved in bespoke consultancy projects from time to time, which adds an element of diversity to my job. Working with a wide range of clients and the team of economists at Fathom to understand and make sense of the complex economic issues of our time, is not only interesting, but it is helpful for my own personal development.
Placement students at Fathom
Every year Fathom takes placement students from UK universities who spend a year with the company working as Junior Economists. Here’s what the 2017-18 intake had to say about their time with us.