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What our Graduates say…

Joe Moore, Graduate

Starting working life in the midst of a pandemic can be daunting, however joining QMPF has been a seamless experience thanks to the virtual support, range of training and the friendly team atmosphere at the company. Everyone made an effort to introduce themselves in person despite never having had a full working day in the office.

I have expanded my financial knowledge through my level 1 CFA studies which has become more and more relevant to my work as I progress. The projects I am working on have been interesting too, including helping advise on, and providing financial modelling for, an equity raise for a build to rent developer and financial modelling for a student accommodation development project. Other positives to QMPF include the opportunity to develop professionally and work across multiple sectors and projects within a few months of joining. Despite predominantly being limited to zoom socials so far, the benefits of working for a small, sociable team should make the experience even better in the not-so-distant future once we can do more in person.

 

Caoimhe McCusker – Analyst

Joining QMPF as a graduate gave me the opportunity to gain hands-on financial experience right from the beginning of my career. Our small size, a friendly team atmosphere and open-plan office meant I was able to work alongside everyone in the QMPF team from day one, from fellow analysts to QMPF’s founding partners.

Since joining QMPF I have finished my CFA studies, developed my financial modelling skills and worked on a wide range of projects across the UK including district heating networks, student accommodation developments, anaerobic digestion plants and healthcare facilities. In addition to offering great opportunities to develop professionally, QMPF is a friendly, supportive and sociable team which makes all the difference. The fact that I get to live in Edinburgh is also a massive bonus!

 

Hannah Watt, Graduate Analyst

The transition from University to working professionally has felt seamless thanks to the ongoing support and regular training provided by QMPF. This has allowed me to build a strong foundation of financial knowledge which I am expanding further through the CFA programme. I have had the opportunity to help advise on projects such as the fund raising of a £120m private placement for the University of York and the portfolio valuation for an equity investor interested in PFI, NPD and hub assets.

Another positive to QMPF is the social element. We have “Friday beers” every week, alongside monthly socials which have ranged from escape rooms to wine tasting. We also tried samba drumming on our last strategy day (with video evidence soon to be burned!). I also value our continued efforts to celebrate successes within the team, such as passing an exam or closing a project.

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