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Name: Christopher Spaly

Title: Summer Analyst

Year: 2017

Education: Ross B.BA., University of Michigan

Why were you initially drawn to the Summer Analyst Program at T&Co?

"I was initially drawn to the summer analyst program at T&Co because of the experiences that some of my friends who were previous summer analysts had. Talking to them about the projects they got to work on, company activities they were a part of and their passion for the firm got me excited to potentially work as a summer analyst."

How would you describe your work as a Summer Analyst at T&Co?

"As a summer analyst at T&Co, my work was both analytical and collaborative. I had two main projects, one which was a competitive market landscape outline for our client, and the other which was data-driven to help our client determine areas to improve sales. Because the firm treats summer analysts the same as full-time analyst, the work is indicative of what you would do full-time, allowing you to know what to expect if you come on as an analyst."

What was a particularly memorable moment from your Summer Analyst experience? 

"The most memorable experience from my summer was having a slide deck that I worked on for five weeks being sent to our client's CEO. By seeing first-hand the value that my work added, and knowing that the CEO was using my work as a summer analyst was extremely rewarding."

What are you passionate about outside of work?

"Outside of work I'm passionate about basketball as well as volunteering. I'm an avid Michigan basketball fan and love playing whenever there's a chance. At school, I was the vice president of an organization that tutored local high-schoolers on financial education, and am hoping to get involved with similar organizations in Chicago."

What advice would you give to prospective candidates for the Summer Analyst Program?

"For prospective summer analysts, it's important to effectively communicate in interviews with the firm and as a summer analyst. During interviews, the firm wants to see your personality and how you would work on a team and if you communicate this you'll set yourself up well. Also, as a summer analyst, it's important to be transparent with your managers, ask effective questions and be coachable"