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My job explained: Management consultant

Every business needs goals, and Sara Douglas is the woman that helps them get there. Read on to find out more.

Can you tell us a bit about your job?

I am a management consultant in the Finance Strategy service line at Deloitte. I have been privileged enough to work with fantastic, social-pioneering organisations such as Brightside, and on once in a lifetime projects like the London 2012 Olympics.  In any situation, the aim is always to support senior management in the pursuit and achievement of their organizational objectives.

What qualifications and training do you have?

I have:

10 GCSEs

Four A-levels

BA Hons in Law and Management Studies

MA in Accounting and Finance

ACA and membership to the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales

Deloitte invests heavily in the training of its staff. I take many training courses in new software applications, presentation skills and industry specific overviews etc.

What was the training like?

Pretty intensive!  I entered Deloitte after my MA.  I joined Enterprise Risk Services on a three year training contract.  Deloitte funded my ACA qualification, and I had to pass all my exams in return.  Working and studying at the same time can be pretty intense, but very rewarding in the end!

What other skills do you need?

I am always working with new people internally and new clients outside the office. It is very important to feel comfortable talking to people, and be confident when speaking in public or to large groups.

Why did you choose to go into consultancy?

In a word - variety. I like not really knowing what is coming next or where I will be placed.  Every project is challenging, but I always feel like I am learning something new and never get bored.

What’s a typical working day like?

There is no such thing as a typical day - each day and every client is different!  

What’s the best thing about your job?

The people!  Deloitte has hundreds of employees and you are never too far from meeting a real character.  I have made some of my closest friends through work and on projects. I think that’s a really valuable thing.

What’s the worst thing about your job?

Sometimes it can be draining when you are away from home for a long time.  For example, I have been working in Warwick for the last six weeks. Warwick is beautiful, but I miss my own bed!

What advice would you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

In my experience, if you express a desire to develop and take on responsibility you are generally supported, whether it is in work or outside of it.  Whether you are seeking further qualifications or striking out on your own, build a case for it and someone will listen!  Confidence and perseverance is always the key to get where you want to be, and never miss out on an opportunity that presents itself by not putting yourself forward for it.

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