An Interview with Trisha Paul | Northpool
Trisha Paul has been working as a Senior Energy Analyst at Northpool for five years now. She started right after finishing her degree at TU Delft. “It was quite a shot in the dark from India, but I was 22 years old so why not? I did my masters in climate economics so moving into energy trading was a natural next step for me.”
What makes this work interesting?
“I’m here because I truly believe that energy trading is an important step in the energy transition. I care a lot about the energy transition, the energy market in general interests me. We are moving to the energy transition and this market is going to involve a lot. In the past we relied on gas, oil, and coal, but in the future, we will have alternatives such as renewables, batteries, and other storage technologies. Our company is actively trading in eight countries and the number is rapidly growing. Your hard work at Northpool has its visible payoffs both in the company’s growth and in your personal growth.”
What does an analyst’s work week look like?
“I am a senior analyst, so I work two days a week as side support on the trading floor. The trader executes the trades but there are a lot of factors that influence his or her decision to do that trade. The analysts make sure that the information received by the trader is correct. There are a lot of things we need to monitor while trading. I call them visualization tools. A big part of the job is building these tools. This means that we collect the data and visualise it graphically for the traders to see and quickly gain the that information, instead of sorting through a bunch of lines.”
“The other days I work on my own projects. In general, there are meetings, project prioritizing, and also discussing the overall strategy of the company. If you want to join us as an analyst it depends on what your preference is. If you are more of a data scientist, you would be working more on building the models that we require but it can also be forecasting solar or wind.”
What kind of education and character traits are needed for this job?
“You need to be a graduate of a quantitative type of study. That sounds very broad, and it is. So, it can be an engineering, an econometrics, economics, or data science degree. Also, if you work with energy, of course Northpool is a place for you. We have colleagues who have studied chemistry, astrophysics, energy science, we even have two former poker players and a pro chess player working with us. It’s very important for you to always want to improve and do better. If you are smart and really want to grow in your career, you should join Northpool.”
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