Describing the role of a business consultant is challenging – the working environment changes week on week. My primary objective is to solve the problems of my clients; this can take me all over the world, and time spent with an individual client can be anything from one week, to two years. In my first six months I have worked with three different organisations on locations in Wales, Leeds and London. Every project is different, but in general I first have to investigate into what the problem is, then develop a solution, and finally implement this solution.
I chose this role, as an analytics business consultant, as it involved a lot of the mathematical skills I developed at university; so far I have been working with large data sets which span a variety of contexts. When looking for a role, it was important to me to find something that utilised the skills I had gained at university – I wanted something that was business focused, client facing, and would require mathematical skill. Once I knew what Iwas looking for it made finding a position easier. I found the company by attending a recruitment event organised by Target Jobs, where I met female graduates and senior managers who provided great detail into what it was like to work for the company.
I used the Careers and Employability Service to gain insight into my areas of strength and weakness, which helped me prepare for assessments and interviews. My degree definitely prepared me for the technical aspects of my job – it provided me with knowledge on subjects such as project management, lean methodology and mathematical modelling, all of which are beneficial in the variety of projects I face within my job.
During my time at university, I was a member of MathSoc, a representative on the MathSoc ExecCommittee, and a Student Ambassador for the school, which gave me great experience to take into my career. I remember never being stuck for things to do on campus and around the school. There was always an event to go to, from a bar crawl around town to an informative session from a company or lecturer. My four years at The University of Nottingham were challenging, very busy and so much fun; I wouldn’t change any of it.
In the future I hope to complete my graduate scheme at my current company, and would plan to stay within consulting for another few years, before specialising in one specific area, within one company.