Working at Coherent: Q&A with Senior Analyst Ian Day

 “One thing that stands out about Coherent is the opportunity for Research Analysts to gain exposure and mentorship from senior team members.” — Ian Day, Senior Analyst at Coherent Economics

“One thing that stands out about Coherent is the opportunity for Research Analysts to gain exposure and mentorship from senior team members.” — Ian Day, Senior Analyst at Coherent Economics

What is something interesting you researched or learned about that you never expected to encounter?

As an incoming analyst, I really enjoyed learning about the various methodologies for applying economic and financial theory to real-world situations. In my first year as an analyst, I had the opportunity to value a multi-billion dollar company, use regression analysis to isolate the effect of fraud on a company’s share price, and analyze the accuracy and sensitivity of models created by Wall Street analysts.

What traits do you think are most important for a new analyst to succeed at Coherent?

An exceptionally detailed and process-oriented work style is one important trait for new Research Analysts to be successful at Coherent.  It enables analysts to provide their supervisors with professional quality work product, document and communicate the logic and processes underlying their analyses, and stay organized when working in a team setting.

What skills do you think you have improved the most since joining Coherent?

I have improved my written and verbal communication the most since joining Coherent. Communicating clearly and concisely is critical when working with case managers, experts, and clients, as even the highest quality analysis is only successful when communicated effectively.

How have senior employees helped to mentor you during your time as an analyst?

One thing that stands out about Coherent is the opportunity for Research Analysts to gain exposure and mentorship from senior team members. Throughout my time at Coherent, my mentors have taught me concrete skills to be successful in this industry, provided actionable feedback so I can grow, and helped me design a path to achieve my short and long-term professional and personal goals.

What team building experiences have you enjoyed the most since starting at Coherent?

One team building event that stands out for me is attending a concert at Ravinia with Coherent just after I had started in the summer of 2016. The outdoor summer evening was a great setting to learn more about my new colleagues at both the junior and senior level. Sporting events, happy hours, cooking class, and the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge are other examples of team building events I have participated in during the last two years. Coherent has recently relocated to The Loop in downtown Chicago, which creates amazing potential for our quarterly team building events in the future!