Keeping up with KETS: Oliver
Oliver joined us at KETS’ Business Analyst in July last year. Ed spoke to him about his time at KETS, what he learned, and some of the challenges he faced.
‘I thought quantum was a cool word, but I didn’t know what it meant’ begins Oliver.
Coming from a background of being an Economics and Management student at the University of Bristol, surprisingly, quantum physics didn’t feature in his lectures…
Oliver’s lack of a physics background was exactly the reason he was valued by KETS at an early stage. ‘I was able to add a fresh perspective being a non-scientist which was valued’ he explains.
From an early stage Oliver was ‘getting stuck in with the tech team’ having many conversations to get a grasp on the technology and the quantum industry in general.
Right from the start there were challenges he had to overcome. ‘Getting over the initial intimidating quantum language’ was the first step and from there others presented themselves.
Given the relative youth of the quantum industry, ‘there was a limited amount of reports and market analysis to learn from – most information comes from the companies themselves.’ But with time and patience, he found his way.
‘Working at KETS’ really advanced my adaptability. My proudest achievement was getting to grips with a new industry and feeling I could contribute to the Commercial team.’
By drawing on his studies at university and previous work experience, Oliver supported KETS in keeping up to date with market developments, strengthened the company’s knowledge of different sectors, and benchmarked KETS against competitors in the market.
Before our Business Development Manager Tom joined in October of last year, Oliver worked closely with Chris. ‘I cherished the fact I was able to work closely with Chris as it’s not common that you’d be able to do so with the CEO of a company.
‘It was a unique aspect of working at KETS – the company structure is so flat.’
And even better, the whole team offered a ‘familial vibe’…
‘Everyone is passionate about what they are doing and are super open to hear what you have to say. The team is small but closely bonded – it feels like a bit of a family.’
As well as learning ‘plenty about quantum,’ one of the key things Oliver learnt was ‘the value of having a great ethos.
‘It’s much easier to be motivated and feel less pressure. People are open and show gratitude for what you’re doing which makes the day-to-day a lot more enjoyable.’
I asked Oliver what advice he would give to someone starting in a Business Analyst role at KETS. He said: ‘Overcome the initial discomfort. There will be lots of new information but it’s important to work through that, be tenacious, and understand KETS wouldn’t have brought you in if you can’t add value.’
And most importantly, ‘talk to as many people as you can! The team make working at KETS feel like more than work.’
For his next steps, Oliver is staying in Bristol and joining PwC in a graduate audit role. We’re looking forward to hearing how he gets on and keeping in touch!