A day in the life of an analyst consultant
How would you describe a typical day?
Every day is a little different. I work in the Air Quality Modelling team, so a lot of my projects involve looking at data, air quality reports and mapping in GIS. However, there are always other interesting projects going on around me, so I'll be working on several at a time. This includes policy research, data analysis or report writing within the climate change, policy and transport teams. I've found that I can follow my interests to decide the projects I'm involved in, which is great.
What is the best bit about your day?
My favourite part of the day is talking with so many different experts from a range of backgrounds. I'm always impressed with the creativity and innovation within the office, which is made so much easier to see and appreciate because everyone has been so friendly and open. I feel like I learn something new every time I get into a discussion, whether that's in a conference call or over a cup of tea in the break room.
What is the biggest challenge?
Although I love the learning aspect of this role, it also poses a challenge. During the first few months of the job, I was involved in a lot of technical training as well as figuring out the office dynamics. Now that I am more settled, I still learn a lot every time I start a new project, whilst trying to master the art of managing my workload and timetable.
Why did you decide to become an Analyst Consultant?
I came straight out of studies into this role, having completed a BSc Environmental Science and then an MSc Climate Change. These provided me with a lot of background knowledge, but also made me realise that there was still a lot to learn about the things I care about during my career. My goal throughout my studies was to be able to work in a position where I can continue to learn whilst finding solutions to environmental concerns.
What do you love about the job?
It feels good to use skills from my degrees every day. I was afraid that I would have been studying for so long without much practical use at the end of it, but consultancy uses all of my skills- research, report writing, creativity, communication, and working on new computer programmes. It's hard to see how much you're learning whilst you're still at university, but now I look back I can see how my hard work has paid off!
What do you love about the company?
I have been really impressed with the way that Ricardo treats its employees. The key values; respect, integrity, innovation and passion can all be seen around the office, from flexible working to the promotion of open communication. Even the open layout of the office promotes conversation- there is no separate office for managers, I sit right next to senior colleagues who I can ask for advice anytime.
What makes a good analyst consultant?
On paper, an analyst environmental consultant needs excellent analytical, written and communication skills. Although these skills are required, they can be built over time. I think when you're just starting out, the most valuable attribute is the willingness to jump in and try new things. This way, you challenge yourself, learn quickly, find the most interesting projects and make invaluable connections.