My Education: BA in Finance
My Prior Experience: I worked at a private consulting firm for the past 7 years.
My Company: My company is a private partnership.
Job/Career Overview: My responsibilities are dependent on the project and the client for whom I work. I perform tasks that they assign to me to help them do their jobs better. The work involves visiting client companies and understanding their problems. We then create a plan and a timeline to complete the goals we set and agree on a price for the work.
I use laptops and Microsoft Office to perform my job. I create many spreadsheets. It is also very common to use third-party financial software. With these, I create financial output similar to spreadsheets except their automated and are able to produce millions of lines of data quickly.
My specialty is in financial modeling, so I often work for companies that need help with their model systems. These systems are vast computer programs that output numbers for financial statements and management reports. It is a large undertaking that often takes a full-time staff of 10-20 people to operate. At times, more people are needed, but it is not always easy to hire people. That is where they turn to consultants such as myself to help them on a temporary basis.
A lot of travel is involved in my job because I often need to visit the company headquarters. These can be anywhere in the country, so I have flown, driven, and taken trains to countless cities. It is exciting to never be in the same place when I work and to see so many new faces every day.
I rate this career 8 out of 10.
The work can be fulfilling. You will get out of it what you put into it. The people you work with will make it enjoyable. There is a great feeling of camaraderie with your colleagues.
The hours can be long and go late into the night. It is dependent on the season and the job type, but there will be overtime involved.
For some people, the travel can become too burdensome, especially those with families.
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