Degree/university: Managerial and administrative studies (1st), Aston University
Year of graduation: 2005
Occupation: Analyst at PA Consulting Group
What do you do in your job?
I am an analyst within the business operations and performance practice. We work with clients to ensure that business processes become the mechanism for delivering the strategic intent of their business. Since starting at PA in September 2006, I have worked on three key assignments. The first one was for a leading IT software provider, the second for a news agency, and my current assignment is for the Scottish Executive. I support the project team in research and analysis relevant to the project. More specifically, on all three assignments my role has been centred on analysing business processes through stakeholder interviews and mapping the processes using PA’s chosen tool. We communicate current business processes to the organisation and identify improvement recommendations that contribute to delivering the clients’ operational and strategic objectives.
What was your motivation in applying?
I enjoy change and variety in the workplace; with consulting I can work for a range of clients in a variety of industries without needing to change employer. I am very motivated and driven and thrive on being challenged, so I thought consulting would be my ideal career choice. The reason I chose to apply to PA over other management consultancies was my desire to work for an ethical and reputable consulting firm, so naturally they were my favoured employer.
What did the application process involve?
An online application form, followed by an interview and psychometric tests. Next was an assessment centre – a second interview, group exercise, individual case study and role-play. The final stage was an interview with a partner from my chosen practice.
What do you enjoy about your job?
No days, clients or assignments are the same. Being part of a very small team has allowed me to take on a great deal of responsibility quickly. I am constantly learning and adding value to my client, while expanding my skills set and laying foundations for the rest of my career.
Most challenging part of your job?
The speed with which I have had to learn and put my consulting skills into practice. I had four weeks’ training and went straight on to my first assignment, so this was very demanding, but I wouldn’t have applied to such a career if I didn’t want to be challenged!
Advice to readers considering a career in your field:
It would be a shame to put in time and effort to apply for consulting if you are interested in a nine-to-five job in one location. Make sure you have a genuine interest and passion for consulting and hard work.