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A day in the life at Cognolink

By: Aris, Senior Research Associate, NYU Alumnus 2012

Aris graduated from New York University in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Economics. During his time at NYU, he interned at several financial services companies, including, Merrill Lynch. Upon graduating Aris was looking for a dynamic opportunity for recent graduates and decided to join Cognolink, which is a Primary Research firm. Aris has worked at Cognolink for two years and is now a Senior Research Associate.

Upon graduating from NYU, I was looking for a dynamic position that would offer me exposure to a variety of industries including Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) industrials, healthcare, defense and financial services. I was also looking for a company that had tremendous growth opportunities, a lean management structure and a collegial, cultural environment. Cognolink embodies and epitomizes all these qualities. I started with Cognolink two years ago when the New York office was still in its initial start-up phase.  Immediately after joining the Firm, I realized that this is a company that encourages its employees to actively contribute and have a direct impact on the business- both in client services and firm development. Throughout all levels of the organization employees are expected to be heavily engaged and grow the enterprise.

To give you a brief overview of Cognolink- our clients are typically buy-side companies, such as hedge funds and private equity firms, but we also work with management consultancies. As a Research Analyst, a typical day starts with a scan of overnight communication from our clients – we are always looking out for urgent project requests. A client will typically approach the Firm with a project when they are interested in learning more about a niche topic in a specific industry.

For example, a client may be interested in learning more about the railcar manufacturing industry – companies that build tank cars for crude by rail. First, it is important for the Research Analyst to execute background macro research on the topic in order to develop an understanding of why the client is looking at this particular sector.  After extensively reviewing research reports, news highlights, and company presentations, the Analyst discovers that there have been some high profile derailments over the last year; as a result, Canadian and US regulators have heavily focused on the growth of the industry and are considering introducing new tank car design regulations. This will in turn negatively impact a railcar manufacturer’s bottom line. Once the Analyst understands the context for a project, the major players in the space and the unique structure of the value chain, he/she will begin to source and recruit industry experts who are best suited to comment on the topic at hand. A pivotal responsibility for an Analyst is to speak with industry experts over the phone, investigate and gain a clear understanding of their background and experience, while ultimately determining if the expert can provide the right insight and knowledge that will assist the client. After a thorough review, the Analyst coordinates a consultation appointment between our client and the industry expert.

As Research Analyst at Cognolink, recent graduates will have many opportunities to speak with CEOs, CFOs and Board Executives across a variety of industries and time zones every day. This unique experience enables an Analyst to develop a holistic view of all industries across the globe. From Day 1 you will realize that Cognolink believes their employees are their strongest asset.   To learn more about the Research Analyst position visit: http://careers.cognolink.com/usa

Want to Learn more about Cognolink? They will be taking over the employer twitter account on October 9th! IF you’d like to meet them in person, they will be a panelist in the What’s Next Economics event on Sept 23rd. RSvp here!

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Sound like a place you’d like to intern? Make sure to stop by their table at the NYU Fall Job & Internship Fair on September 4th!

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Summer Spotlight Series with Opportunity Finance Network

Recently, Caroline Deng, Stern ’17, shared her day working with @OppFinance. Click the logo below for a recap.

Keep tuning into our blog throughout the next few months for more spotlights on summer jobs and internships.

Insights into the Brooklyn Naval Yard and Ecologic Solutions Site Visit

Shauna Sexsmith, a Public Relations & Corporate Communication graduate student and Wasserman@SCPS Program Assistant, attended last week’s site visit to The Brooklyn Naval Yard. Below is her account of the visit to one of the largest sustainable industrial parks in the United States.

As part of NYU Spring at the Square, the NYU Wasserman Center hosted a visit to the Brooklyn Naval Yard, a national model for sustainable urban industrial parks and home to modern manufacturers that are tech-driven and socially responsible.

Our first stop was BLDG 92, a building with LEED Platinum certification, that is also a public space that showcases the history and innovation of The Brooklyn Navy Yard – from the Revolutionary War to the transformation in jobs and industry happening in New York City right now. For over 15 years, much to my surprise, the Navy Yard Development Corporation has operated an on-site Employment Center, and is dedicated to connecting local residents to employment opportunities with any of its 330 tenants or local retailers. To give you a little context,  for 150 years the Yard churned out America’s most famous fighting ships, from the USS Maine to the USS Missouri. Today, the Yard houses 300+ designers and manufactures working towards increasing a greener way of life.

At the center, they specialize in placements for job seekers of all skill levels, with emphasis on local residents (including NYCHA residents), Veterans, and individuals with experience in the following sectors: industrial/manufacturing, tech, sustainability, green design, hospitality, and warehouse/distribution to name a few. They also provide: placements both inside and outside of the Yard, assistance with interviewing & other “soft” skills, training and education classes and support services post-placement. For further information about the Employment Center please email/call at: ecenter@brooklynnavyyard.org | 718-907-5996.

Back on the tour, our second stop was EcoLogic Solutions (ELS), a sustainable corporation specializing in manufacturing and distributing environmentally friendly cleaning products. The mission of ELS to provide their products to an array of industries — food service, hotels, and educational institutions. By providing sustainable products, EcoLogic Solutions helps businesses green their operations, while keeping costs low. We learned how their products are made and had insightful and inspiring Q&A session with the company’s CEO, Anselm Doering.

At the end of the tour, I got to thinking: since the days of the Industrial Revolution, we’ve tied manufacturing to smoke stacks and polluting factories. But today’s generation of manufacturers — with a keen eye on environmental impact — are cleaning up the sector’s reputation through use of cutting-edge technology, highly efficient processes and a broad array of natural materials that are both high quality and eco-friendly. More than a few of these companies are housed in the revitalized Brooklyn Naval Yard. Our ability to choose, to decide for ourselves the type of world we want to help create and live in, has never been so readily available, as it is at The Yard.

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Did you miss Justin’s day as a Senior Software Engineer with @AYIDating? If so,click on the logo below.

Sound like a place you’d like to work? Apply on NYU CareerNet, Job IDs are: Android Developer 917889 & 917891, Data Analyst 917882, iOS Engineer 917880, Product Manager 917887, Web Developer 917885.

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Sound like a place you’d like to work? Apply now on NYU CareerNet, job IDs: 911950 & 874575.

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If the awesome organization seems like a good fit for you, make sure you apply to their Marketing Strategy intern position at NYU CareerNet Job ID 909430
Also, don’t miss out on the NYU Startup Expo on 11/21. Register today for more information!

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Does this sound like a place you’d like to work? Check out these open positions on Career Net:

Infrastructure Engineering-Rotational Associate Program

Software Development-Rotational Associate Program

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Did you miss Stern Class of 2012 Alum, Vinh’s, day working as an Analyst at Nielsen’s Chicago office? If so, click on the logo below.

Does @Nielsen sound like an appealing place to work? Interested and eligible students can apply through OCR on the Career Net by Septmeber 22nd.