What does a typical day in the life of a consultant look like?
A typical day starts with a sync with my teammates to make sure everyone level sets on current actions and goals. Most days also involve multiple stakeholder meetings and interviews. A significant part of my job involves data analytics and cost modeling and it is very important to engage with stakeholders to make sure that all sources and assumptions are being incorporated correctly in the analyses. Another significant part of my day is spent doing research – on market prices, financial policy, technologies. When I am compiling an analysis for a stakeholder, all these parameters come into play and impact my final recommendations.
What three skills do you think are essential to fulfil your role?
- Quantitative and analytical skills
- Stakeholder management
What do you like best about working at WBD?
The best part of working at WBD are my coworkers. WBD goes out of its way to hire people who bring diverse ideas and a lot of passion to everything they do.
How do you think current teleworking will impact the future of work?
Widespread teleworking has already impacted work by demonstrating how people could leverage technology to get more work done with less travel. I have adapted over the last year to be able to make meaningful connections with people over Slack or Teams, and to work collaboratively with people miles away. The lessons learned from a year of teleworking are important, and I’m sure will continue to influence how work gets done.
Describe WBD in three words.
What’s been your most memorable moment at WBD so far?
My most memorable event was volunteering with co-workers at the VA Winterhaven Homeless Veterans Stand Down. As an employee at a SDVOSB, I am very aware how much we all owe Veterans and the chance to dedicate my time to directly helping in a small way was very meaningful for me.
What motivates you?
What motivates me is knowing that I have made something (a process, a transition, a project) easier for the client.
How do you see your career path developing in the future?
Technology is developing at an accelerating pace, meaning that there are an increasing number of products that can be easily adopted by organizations throughout the government. I want to guide federal clients towards investing in and operationalizing cutting edge systems.