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  • Snapshot: The Life of an Associate Consultant

    Our Associate Consultant job description outlines what the job entails – on paper. To help bring it to life, Alisa, a Dartmouth College graduate who joined Clarion in 2009, gives us a glimpse of her typical day.

    Waking up and Working out
    I’m awake by 6:00 a.m., and I usually try to hit the gym for a morning run before getting in to work. Though I’ve never really been an early riser, I have an efficient routine and I’m out the door in a snap. I catch the T and head downtown, making it in the usual 15 minutes. 
I start my workout and, as I often do, run into other Clarion associates. We chat while enjoying the early morning exercise.

    Settling in
    The gym is just a block from our office, so the last leg of my commute is a short one. I arrive at work and prepare to start my day. Even when I don’t make it to the gym, I am usually at the office by 8:30 a.m.

    I take a few minutes to settle in, checking emails and reading through the daily firm newsletter for healthcare industry headlines. Then I start planning my day. I’ve been working on a change management project for one of our large pharmaceutical clients, helping define how its departments will interact after a major reorganization. We have a teleconference with this client later today, so I start by reviewing the recommendations we’ll discuss during the call.

    A Productive Morning
    There are a few slides to finish in preparation for the teleconference. I stop by my manager’s office to discuss some questions. We walk through the presentation and identify a few points that need development. Then we take the next few minutes to confirm the teleconference agenda.

    I head back to my desk and start making the changes that my manager and I had discussed. I double check the slides to make sure I haven’t missed anything before sending them back for final review.

    I’m now ready to transition to my other project: a business development assessment, helping a client identify opportunities in the diabetes space. I comb through a few research databases for more information about relevant companies and new products under development, which I’ll combine with other teammates’ findings shortly.  I’ve learned a lot about the urgent need to improve diabetes prevention and treatment since starting this project.

    Lunch Break
    I see it’s now lunch time, so I walk through the office, round up the lunch train and head over to Viga, around the corner. We get sandwiches and pasta to go so we can join the others in the lunch room at the office. I love this time of day. It’s a great opportunity to bounce ideas off others, hear how marathon training is going for several of my colleagues, or just catch up on each other’s weekend.

    Time to Give Back
    After lunch, I have a meeting for the Workplace Giving Committee. We have a few more volunteer events lined up for the end of the year – next up is a lunch service event at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans – before we start planning for next year’s activities. We decide to keep a similar mix of events and discuss new meal services events, clothing drives, youth service events and other community volunteer activities.

    Clients Are Calling
    I jump back into project work and check in with my manager before our 2:30 p.m. client call. I quickly make the edits he recommends to finalize the materials.

    Once we’re on with the client, my manager walks through our approach and our high-level recommendations. He then asks me to delve into the individual steps. I describe the process and outcome of our analysis, and share more specific recommendations. We field client questions before confirming action items to move the project forward. 

Pause to Refuel
It’s time for a coffee break and I head over to my peer advisor’s desk. As with each associate, I’ve been paired with a more experienced associate, who is there to provide support.  She gives me some guidance on a research-related question, and we chat more generally about how things are going for me at work.

    Diving into Research
    When I get back to my own desk, I switch back to my diabetes project. There’s a primary research interview later this afternoon, so I quickly meet with my team to verify the questions we’d developed. We’re on the same page, and ready to start the interview.
    We talk to a prominent endocrinologist for about an hour, using the time to better understand the diabetes market from the provider perspective. The conversation is informative – he has identified several unmet needs in the care of diabetics – and I start thinking about how this interview integrates with other findings.

    Wrapping Up
    After the interview, I check in with my manager and team on next steps for the project. We delegate action items; my part involves organizing key insights from the interview before integrating the information with other materials. 

After I finish that, I start sketching out the slides that will outline our final client recommendations. There are a few more that I want to complete before tomorrow morning, so I find a good stopping point; I’ll easily be able to orient myself later tonight when I finish them up from home.

    Social Hour
    Our Social Committee has scheduled a midweek social hour, one of the biweekly events hosted by the firm. We head down the street to Good Life, a Clarion favorite. I chat with my colleagues and we unwind with a round of appetizers and drinks – a great way to relax at the end of a long day.

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