The clichéd response to “what will I be doing?” is that as a consultant, no two days are the same. As a graduate at Alpha, you could be working on bids and proposals for our directors, working as PMO on one of our large implementation projects, mastering data analysis with our benchmarking team, doing research into the latest technologies, helping our subject experts write thought leadership on hot industry topics, or developing new software for our charity of the year. Whatever you’ll be working on, we can promise it’ll be varied, challenging, and interesting.
Following 4 weeks of Alpha Analyst Training and gaining the IMC, I was bright eyed and fresh faced, ready to start my internal role on the Bid Team. This involved responding to requests for proposal (RFPs) and creating high-quality sales material to win potential new clients. The role was a fantastic spring board to working at Alpha as it gave me the opportunity to build an internal network, something which is important throughout a career in consulting. The process of creating a proposal required rigorous project management and planning, both of which are essential skills as a consultant. These were great skills to take with me as I progressed onto client site.
Following 6 months on (my much beloved) Bid Team, I moved into a dual PMO (Project Management Officer)- BA (Business Analyst) role. Having both a workstream and programme level view has been important in my learning process because it has allowed a greater understanding of the mechanics of any project. As PMO, there are a core set of responsibilities which form the project governance, making it superbly important to ensure the smooth running of a project. This structure and cadence can take time to adjust to but there is always someone on hand to help. As a BA, I worked with an Alpha Project Manager and SME to help the client select an outsourcing provider and guide them through the process. This area of the role gave me the most client exposure and as a BA, you can really take on as much responsibility as you are willing to.
Whilst being at Alpha, I have also been involved in Business Management areas such as Cultural & Social Mobility and Training, attended numerous Lunch&Learns and acted as PMO for the Alternatives Practice, all alongside the fantastic social calendar that Alpha has to offer. This added dimension to working life at Alpha is what keeps it fresh and gives you a true sense of ‘Alpha Identity’ wherever you’re working.