A Day In The Life

 

 

Ask any consultant and they will tell you – there’s no "typical day" in this industry! However, to help you get an idea of what to expect, we asked two of our team members to let us know what they did on a particular day during a project – here's what they told us.

 

 

  MORNING
9 AM  

Come into the office, make myself a cup of coffee and have a chat with some other members of the TMC team. Then to work – we’re in the middle of the project and it’s pretty hectic!

 
10 AM  

My focus is currently on carrying out primary research with important stakeholders in the industry and analyzing this information to develop some of the slides that will later be presented to the client as part of our overall presentation.

 
11 AM  

I start by reading through some of the edits that my manager made to the slides I wrote yesterday, and make the appropriate changes. I then spend some time analyzing the results of my research yesterday. This helps me to understand a bit better certain aspects of the client's problem, but I definitely need to do more research to understand the issues better.

 
12 AM  

Just before lunch, we have a team meeting to update on our progress. We also use the time to consider what we’re discovering, and what it might mean for the client. These “insights” will form part of the document, and the meeting we have planned with the client at the end of this week. It’s exciting to be able to see how the data we’re collecting is already enabling us to reach some conclusions, although there are lots of questions still unanswered.

  AFTERNOON
2 PM  

I spend the afternoon carrying out primary research. Although in some cases I have to re-schedule appointments for later that week as the person I want to talk to is busy, I have two really good, hour-long conversations that help me to progress in my understanding.

 
4 PM  

I then spend some time talking with my manager about what I've found out, and what it might mean for the client. I use this, with the analysis I carried out earlier today, to start to generate some new slides to cover the findings.

 
5 PM  

Mid afternoon I take a break, and go out for coffee with my mentor. We talk a bit about how I'm progressing in the project, and I share with him how I've been trying to work on my development needs. We generate a list of next steps for me, and will meet again next month.

  EVENING
6 PM  

I try one last time to reach one of the stakeholders I missed earlier. This time I'm lucky, and I get through – we end up talking for an hour.

Before leaving the office I debrief my manager on the call, and based on that, we do some re-planning of my day tomorrow – this job is certainly never dull!

 
7 PM  

The TMC social committee has planned an event for the whole team this evening – we're going bowling. Unfortunately I do very badly, but it's a great night, and gives me the chance to recharge my batteries for tomorrow!

  MORNING
9 AM  

After an essential cup of coffee I read through the documents sent by my team the day before.

 
10 AM  

Subsequently I meet with the team, to review in detail the progress they’ve been making in their research and analysis. We identify a potential impactful insight for the client & therefore readjust accordingly the priorities for the day to focus on understanding the situation better.

  LUNCHTIME
1 PM  

Have my lunch in the office with other TMC team members – our conversations cover politics, football, and where to find Indian food in Buenos Aires.

  AFTERNOON
2 PM  

A team member has just had a fantastic conversation with a stakeholder in the industry that we’re researching and after spending time debriefing the call independently we meet up as a team to discuss the implications. After we feel that we understand the insight & the implications of this we spend half an hour brainstorming on how to best communicate the message to the client. Once we’ve decided, we break out to start working on the document.

 
4 PM  

Receive an email from the client asking some follow-up questions concerning the update we had a couple of days ago, and we arrange to have a brief conversation the same day. During the conversation I answer his questions and we agree to include his concerns and feedback in the document. On top of this I start to introduce the key insight gained by the team the same day, to give him a heads up prior to the meeting we will have next week and also to get his take on things.

 
6 PM  

As part of my role on the recruiting committee, before leaving for the day I carry out a brainteaser interview on Skype with a potential candidate in the US. Luckily it goes very well – I’m going to suggest she goes through to the next round!

 
7 PM  

I end the day by revising the material I’m going to be presenting in a training event for junior consultants tomorrow. I’m going to be delivering a session on how to improve slide writing, and although I’ve given the training before, I go through the presentation one more time to remind myself.

 
7:30 PM  

Leave the office for a spell at the gym before heading home.