Risk analysis is a critical field in the business world, and if you’re interested in working in it, there are a few things you need to know. In this ELTC guide, we’ll walk you through what risk analysis is, what kind of jobs are available in the field, and how to make a career in risk analysis. So whether you’re just starting out on your career journey or you’re thinking about making a shift to risk analysis, read on for everything you need to get started!
What do Risk Analysts do?
They examine the political climate and social conditions of a particular country, region, or market to determine the level of political risk. They provide information pertaining to government stability, crime levels, currency convertibility, land rights issues, as well as other factors that would affect return on investment. Typically, analysts gather information pertaining to the area of interest, determine the causes, sources, and level of risk, and forward their findings to decision-makers. This might include providing solutions or offer recommendations for overcoming these risks.
Work in political risk management can be quite varied. If you pursue this field, you may find yourself working for international organisations, financial companies, rating services, oil companies, consumer businesses or companies that sell political risk information. You can also work in the political risk divisions of large consulting and insurance companies or within Credit, Fixed Income, or Equities in large banks.
Accounting and financial skills as well as an understanding of political processes are great basis for entering the field. Internships are strongly recommended for a career in political risk analysis so try to arrange work shadowing and longer placements; these can help you to decide on your career choice and are a real advantage when applying for jobs. You can adopt a speculative approach in seeking these.
Many individuals interested in political risk analysis see the need to focus on a particular angle that will create a pathway to their career. If you’re interested in the Equity Department, take courses in Economics. If you would like to specialise in a particular region, work hard to become an expert on its politics, culture, and economy. If you know that your languages are rusty then think about experience that will help you brush up. You will probably need to be proactive and make speculative applications to organisations that you are interested in and network in order to get that first role.
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Obtaining a job in political risk analysis is by no means a straightforward undertaking. Whatever you choose, you will likely need to create the building blocks of your career through a careful mix of postgraduate training, experience, skills and networking.
Successful analysts are people who can apply their knowledge to understand new and complex situations. They come from all sorts of backgrounds. Analysts usually have degrees in business or international relations or have worked in intelligence, law, journalism or law enforcement. Furthermore, banking experience is useful to those seeking employment at a financial institution. All applicants must have strong research and analytical skills. They need to be good decision-makers and able to communicate well. Potential employers are looking for ‘intelligent risk takers’ who are well-informed and keep abreast of current events. They also want individuals who can write concise and coherent reports. Language skills are an asset but not a requirement in the field. Some positions may expect you to know a particular region in deep so you are able to decipher a balance sheet, understand a country’s economic workings or provide insight into its politics. However, other positions will focus on several areas of the world and therefore do not expect you to be a specialist.
How to get started – Leading organisations
As you begin your career in the industry, it is important to start building a network of contacts and exploring the various opportunities that are available. This list of organisations is a great place to start. By taking the time to explore each website, you will get a better sense of the different types of organisations that exist in the industry, what kinds of opportunities they offer, and what kinds of commercial awareness you can gain from them.. So take your time and explore each organisation on this list; it may just be the first step on your path to success in the industry!
Aegis (London-based with offices in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, and the UK) www.aegislink.com/
AES Corporation (Headquarters in Arlington) www.aes.com/careers/careers-overview/default.aspx.
AIG (Offices worldwide) www.aig.com/individual
AKE Group (London-based with offices in Hereford and Singapore) www.akegroup.com/
Aon Corporation (Offices worldwide) www.aon.com/unitedkingdom/default.jsp
AXA XL (Offices worldwide) https://axaxl.com/
BP (Offices worldwide) www.bp.com/
Business Monitor International (Offices worldwide) www.fitchsolutions.com/bmi-research
Morgan Stanley (Offices worldwide) www.morganstanley.com/
NewLink Group (Headquarters in Toronto) www.newlinkgroup.com/
Nexant (Offices worldwide) www.nexant.com/
NRG (Headquarters in Houston) www.nrg.com/home.html
NRG: Nuclear Research & Consultancy Group (Headquarters in Petten) www.nrg.eu/
OECD: The Organization For Economic Cooperation & Development (Headquarters in Paris) www.oecd.org/careers/
Oxford Analytica (Offices in New York, Paris and Oxford) www.oxan.com/
PwC (Offices worldwide) www.pwc.com/gx/en.html
Rand Corporation (Headquarters in Santa Monica) www.rand.org/
Risk.net (Offices in over 20 countries) www.risk.net/
Riskline (Headquarters in Copenhagen) www.riskline.com/
S&P Global Ratings (Offices in over 30 countries) www.spratings.com/en_US/home
Smith Brandon International (Headquarters in Washington) www.smithbrandon.com/
Stratfor (Headquarters in Austin) www.stratfor.com/
The PRS Group (Headquarters in Syracuse) www.prsgroup.com/
Verisk Maplecroft (Headquarters in Bath) www.maplecroft.com/
Zurich Insurance Group (Offices worldwide) www.zurich.com/en/
Making a career in risk analysis can be both challenging and rewarding. In this field, you will have the opportunity to work with businesses and organisations of all sizes to help them understand and mitigate risks. If you are looking for a leading organisation that can provide you with excellent training and mentorship, look no further than our team at The Euro-Libyan Trade Center.
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