What does a typical working day on client site look like for you?
A typical day varies depending on the client, the type of project and the deliverables for the week. When the office is open, I try and go in at least twice a week. I normally start my day by going through emails, looking at my calendar and going through my to-do list that I normally write the night before.
My previous two projects have been Climate Risk Projects, where we have been creating MI based on the banks’ client portfolios. We’ve then been using this data to support our client stakeholders in navigating the changes in regulations outlined by the PRA and TCFD on Climate Risk. Therefore, a normal day would usually involve speaking to various business stakeholders to ensure we have all the data we need, as well as spending time reading more about climate change and related policies, especially during COP26.
I’ll also work on my internal commitments which include being one of our GenCo (General Consulting) representatives, so will often spend some time planning out the agenda for our weekly Friday lunchtime calls or our socials. I’m also a Partner Council representative for Analysts, Associate Consultants and Consultants, and we’ve been working on supporting the Accenture acquisition which is really exciting.
How has your career developed at BCS?
In the year that I’ve been at BCS, my knowledge and confidence has grown exponentially. All the projects I’ve worked on so far have been in teams of two (myself and my manager) where we have worked with very senior stakeholders (often directly reporting to the C-suite). Being trusted immediately to work directly with senior clients and owning key deliverables enabled me to learn at a much faster pace and to really trust my consultant instincts.
Everyone at BCS has a solid support system made up of your Practice Lead, Career Coach, Engagement Manager and client team. Knowing that I have a network of intelligent, ambitious and kind mentors around me really allows me to push myself in all the challenging roles I’ve been given and has led to my promotion from Associate Consultant to Consultant.
The GenCo Community has initiatives like the Service Line Rotation Programme (SLRP) where everyone participates in workshops, learning about each of the four service lines. There is also the New Joiner Induction Programme (NJIP), where you are constantly learning about all the different areas of FS consulting and picking up the hard and soft skills that all consultants should have.
What would you say to someone thinking of joining us?
BCS understands that supporting and developing its people will create a ripple effect on the work that we are able to deliver to our clients. I’d wholeheartedly recommend BCS, especially to those who’ll join the company via the GenCo community which is just a great environment to have fun and make friends for life.