Inside Management Analyst Careers

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Biggest Surprises

"On The Job Training...
I was surprised by how little my education helped me with my current job. Most of the knowledge and skills I've learned and developed were from on the job training. I was also surprised by how little some people care about the work they have to do and how much they slacked." (Supply Systems Analyst; 2013)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in Maryland, male
School: Studied Economics at Rutgers University in New Jersey; completed Bachelor degree in 2008

"Able To Make An Impact...
I was surprised by the meaningful impact I am able to have on organizations. Utilizing the latest data modeling techniques, I can implement change and observe it on the macro-scale of an organization." (Industrial/Organizational Psychology; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Texas, male
School: Studied Organizational Psychology at University Of Houston in Texas; completed Master degree in 2009

Best & Worst Things About This Career

Research Consultant: "The very best part of my career is getting (or being forced) to learn new things. It is important that people in my position not only know how to do many things, but can convey to a client that my organization will be able to meet their needs. The worst thing about my career is the headaches that go along with dealing with clients. We often have to communicate very complex things to people that do not have training in our field." (2011)

Professional Speaker And Author: "The best part of my job is having people compliment the speech I've just given and say I did my homework. I love getting to work with audiences a second time. The worst part is the travel." (2010)

YMCA Program Consultant: "The best part of my job is having the opportunity to meet new people and spend most of day socializing with staff and members. By "socializing" I mean having causal conversations about the YMCA and its programs. The other part of my job that I really love is that I can become a mentor to younger program directors. These directors do not see me as a "supervisor" and tend to tell me what they really think and what they really need. The worst part of my job is recommending to an Executive Director that a program director should be fired." (2010)

Supply Chain Analyst: "The best part of the job is I never know what I will be working on each day as there are new questions and problems each day which people need help with. It feels good to help others be successful at their jobs. The worst part comes when you do not know the solution to a problem and you're not able to help someone right away and they're forced to wait while you find the solution." (2010)

Director Consulting: "I love solving problems: to make things easier, simpler, cheaper or more profitable. I am a change agent, and it's really cool to fix companies and help to make them more profitable for shareholders. What is hard is working with people who do not want to change the way they've done things years... Change is hard for people to deal with and they feel threatened by it." (2010)

Senior Quality Improvement Consultant: "I am a real people person. I like interacting with others and working on projects to achieve goals. I meet new people frequently as I travel to different practices in southeastern Massachusetts. That's another best: getting out of the office to work on initiatives with people in each practice. The worst part would be running across a person who is resistant to working on QI Initiatives." (2010)

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Career Tips

"Experience Needed...
Acquire as much quantitative experience as you can in graduate school. Try to find a related internship at a consulting firm." (Industrial/Organizational Psychology; 2014)

"Work Environment Harmony...
No matter what job you go into, make sure you like the job and you treat your coworkers well. You may have an amazing job but if you dislike your coworkers, you will have a miserable time." (Supply Systems Analyst; 2013)

"Find A Niche To Excel At...
Although they can be tough for some, take as many statistics classes as possible. Even knowing regression very well will put you ahead of most people Find your niche. You need to find one thing that you can do better than anyone else. You must pursue a graduate degree in a related field. Unfortunately, clients will not hire someone who does not any initials at the end of their name (e.g. MA or PhD)." (Research Consultant; 2011)

"Acquire Presentation Skills...
Make yourself comfortable with making presentations. Get over your fear and look for opportunities. Then give some speeches for free to get started and get experience. Become an expert on a certain topic area and stick to it. Network and join associations with people in similar fields. Your network will help you get smarter a lot faster. Tape yourself on a regular basis. Then listen to the tape and critique yourself. Consider how you could improve what you say. Keep the tape for potential clients, so you have video to show them. Samples of your speaking are crucial for success." (Professional Speaker And Author; 2010)

"Cross-Train And Volunteer...
Take advantage of any training and certification that are offered. It is important to have a diverse portfolio. Try to gain experience in several departments. Volunteer! If there is a special event, offer to help. The YMCA has such a wide variety of activities; get involved with what you love. I love swimming and young children. I took the lifeguard certification and then asked how I could teach swimming. The Y paid for all my certifications. The Y is a large network. You never know who knows who. But your reputation will follow you!" (YMCA Program Consultant; 2010)

"Get Industry Specific Training And Certs...
Obtain specific training from supply chain professionals and certifications such as those from APICS (Association for Operations Management). Supply chain professionals can work with buyers, planners or inventory managers, so taking a position in each of these areas would set a good foundation for being an analyst who helps them. Look to see if there are mentor programs in the local area or if there are volunteer work positions with any of the supply chain professional organizations and join up!" (Supply Chain Analyst; 2010)

"Keep It Simple...
1. Being able to keep things simple is very important. 2. Focus on the facts; ensure you understand how what you do affects how the company profits. 3. Have fun; you're much more likely to be successful doing something you enjoy. 4. Understand people and what motivates them, and try to make your own goals, or your company's goals, more relevant to them." (Director Consulting; 2010)

"Know Your Apps...
A working knowledge of computer applications for data analysis is essential. Pay attention to the public events affecting healthcare policy." (Senior Quality Improvement Consultant; 2010)