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University of New South Wales
Senior Business Analyst
Johanna studied Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Engineering at University of New South Wales
What's your job about?
I work at A.T. Kearney as a Senior Business Analyst. I help clients in a range of industries to develop strategy, improve their business performance and maximise growth. There is no typical day in management consulting! I’ve worked across many different industries such as food and beverage, financial services, telecommunications and government across many different functions such as strategy, procurement and project management. We usually work at the client site Monday through to Thursday and then spend Friday in the A.T. Kearney office. At the moment, I am working with a telecommunications client in Kuala Lumpur on a strategy project. A typical day on my current project involves walking from the hotel to the client site, answering emails, requesting data from the client, completing data analysis, attending meetings, going for lunch with the team (we love this particular Indian place and go there nearly every day), drinking coffee, collating my findings into PowerPoint slides and going for dinner with the team.
What's your background?
I grew up on the Central Coast of NSW. After high school I went to UNSW to study Photovoltaics & Solar Energy Engineering. While I was at uni I did a few internships, worked as a uni ambassador and did solar energy research work. I found my degree, internships and work experience equipped me with key skills in data analysis & communication. After finishing uni I wanted to apply those skills to new problems in a range of industries. So, I decided to join consulting as this is the perfect job to give you a range of interesting experiences and broader knowledge. I have been working as a consultant for one year now and find it to be a super interesting job.
Could someone with a different background do your job?
Someone with a completely different background could easily do my job – at A.T. Kearney we have people who have studied law, commerce, engineering, arts and many other degrees! It makes for very interesting intersection of skill sets. When you are working on a project that requires a range of skills, this diversity can really help a lot. The most skills for a consultant are problem solving, analytics, communication and team work skills.
What's the coolest thing about your job?
The coolest thing about my job is probably the people. Everyone at A.T. Kearney is super smart, interesting and funny. I enjoy working with the team, solving difficult problems in new topic areas, and learning from the people around me. A great thing about management consulting is the variety of learning experiences – you really can’t get bored!
What are the limitations of your job?
The limitations of my job are probably the hours, pressure and the unpredictability. The hours can be long – consulting is not your typical 9-5. The responsibility can stack up pretty quickly: even when you are a new joiner you will be working on challenging tasks. The unpredictability of the job is a funny one – you can find out that you are working in a different state or country and, within a few days, find yourself in that state or country! With each new project you will have a new team, time schedule, routine, location and a new problem to solve.
3 pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...
ENJOY! Uni is so much fun – make the most of the time with your friends and appreciate it. Also use your spare time to develop your hobbies and skills outside of your studies. Do things like volunteering, finding out what you love and figuring out what you are passionate about.