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Method, madness, coffee, actionable results: A day in the life of an analyst

May 14, 2015

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I love my job. It’s fast-paced, challenging and fun. It can also, however, be difficult to explain to people.

In order to allay any future confusion, or maybe to propagate it, I present a chronology of an average workday in the life of a ShiftCentral analyst.

  • 5:00 am – Up and at ‘em. Check search tools for any important news that might have come in overnight. Ah ha, Q1 results came in for five of a client’s competitors – I round up what earnings calls transcripts are available, queue them up for writing.
  • 6:00 am – Pick through results and transcripts, find tidbits of interest to the clients, and pack everything into 100-word abstracts, which I add to the briefing due to be sent to the client at 8 am.
  • 7:15 am – Arrive at the office. Search tools turn up two important product launches, two more companies of interest have issued Q1 results, and a 2,000-word financial analysis on the client. Enlist other analysts to help get it all in the briefing before 8:00 am deadline.
  • 8:00 am to 12 pm – More deadlines met, more briefings sent. Client calls with new products to track and more people to add to briefing distribution list. Copy edit 50-page report on the intersection of life sciences industry and consumer demand for luxury furniture. Lunch happens in here somewhere.
  • 1: 00 pm – Client calls to say he has a TV interview tomorrow on his company’s position on recent price fluctuations for bauxite distension transceivers in the Sardinian marketplace. He has been asked to step in because the firm’s bauxite distension transceiver specialist is out of the country on business. He is not 100% sure what bauxite distension transceivers are. He is, as we say in the MI business, “freaking out.” We tell him not to worry, and get to work.
  • 3:00 pm – A rapidly-assembled five-analyst team pulls together a 20-slide presentation on Sardinia’s bauxite distension transceiver market, including an overview of the industry from 2001-2015, key market drivers, possible disruptive factors and more. Send report to client and keep searching, writing and editing.
  • 4:00 pm – Done for the day. Reach out to pack up the computer and … two product launches, a drug approval and federal guidance on whether seatbelts for fish are a federal or municipal responsibility arrive. Write ‘em up, get ‘em reviewed, and head home.

While there may be no such thing as bauxite distension transceivers, this is a fairly accurate representation of a typical day for a ShiftCentral analyst. Algorithms, dashboards and widgets can’t do what we do – provide an ever-present, flexible and hard-working source of precisely the information a client needs delivered exactly when the client needs it.


This article was originally published on ShiftCentral, now part of LAC Group.

Mario Thériault

Mario Thériault

Mario Thériault is Chief Business Development Officer and oversees all aspects of LAC Group’s growth strategy, partnership and alliance programs. Prior to LAC’s acquisition of ShiftCentral, Mario served as CEO and continuously evolved the company to emphasize the importance of strategic, curated intelligence to solve clients validated business needs.
Mario Thériault
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