What does a typical working day on client site look like for you?
It is difficult to describe a “typical” working day as each day is so varied, and it usually depends on the client’s needs and the deliverables at the time.
I’m working on a long-term regulatory change project for a global bank in a business analyst capacity which sees me working across several workstreams, carrying out different types of remediation activities. My mornings usually begin with reading through emails and flagging any that need to be addressed. I then like to plan for my day ahead and organize any materials required for meetings that day.
Twice a week, I usually have project team meetings to check in with my client and review progress. Armed with a thorough understanding of what’s going on across all the various workstreams, I’m then able to collate a wider project Working Group pack which is used for fortnightly meetings with the key stakeholders on the project.
Each day brings its own challenges, but my Engagement Manager’s always on hand if I want to discuss something or need support. My responsibilities have really increased since joining and, even though I’m comfortable working autonomously, it’s great to be able to bounce ideas off a fellow BCSer.
On top of my client work, I really enjoy getting involved with BCS internal activities. I lead the Brand Ambassador team at BCS, chairing monthly meeting attended by our internal Brand Ambassadors who help relay BCS news. I work with the Head of Brand & Comms on this, and we invite senior leaders from across BCS to be interviewed on our calls. It’s a fantastic opportunity to network with people across the firm, from Analyst to OpCo level.
I’m also active on our internal Yammer channels and participate in a wide range of internal clubs including BCS Foodies, which I started, as well as BCS Flix, BCS Arts and many more. It’s a great space to gain exposure to the wider firm as well as make new friends! Yammer and our virtual club events have been particularly helpful as I joined BCS during the pandemic, so haven’t had the chance to meet many of my colleagues in person yet.
How has your career developed at BCS?
After spending 2 years in Paris working as an Analyst for an investment bank, I joined BCS as an Associate Consultant in September 2020 and have since been promoted to Consultant. I’ve also completed my Charted Banker Professional Diploma qualification, and I am now a Certified Professional Banker. I’m extremely pleased with the progress I’ve made in such a short space of time and have felt hugely supported to achieve my goals by both my Engagement Manager and Career Coach. When I joined BCS, I had specific career objectives in mind and highlighted these at the very start of my client engagement with my managers. My Engagement Manager and I worked together towards my targets, with regular feedback meetings which were really useful in helping me understand my strengths and focus on my development areas. As a result, I’ve definitely become a more confident and well-rounded consultant.
Additionally, our New Joiner Rotation Programme and regular BCS Masterclasses have been useful for gaining a foundation level of knowledge across all our service lines, developing teamwork and presentation skills. I’ve been able to ask questions and participate in workshops and team activities which have helped develop my knowledge in an area that I had no previous experience in. These sessions have played a huge role in helping me to identify where my interests lie and understand what motivates other consultants.
What would you say to someone thinking of joining us?
BCS is an excellent and unique place to be for someone looking to push themselves beyond their comfort zone and truly understand what they’re capable of. BCS fosters a positive environment for development by providing a strong support system through Career Coaches, Engagement Managers and Buddies to name a few. It really helps that you’re surrounded by collaborative and committed people who are not only interested in delivering excellence in their work, but who are also keen to invest in building professional relationships and ensure that you’re fulfilled at work and that your opinions are heard.