Our ‘A Day in the Life’ series highlights alumni in various fields and positions, offering a glimpse of what life after graduation is like. This post comes to us from M&T alumna Ashley, currently working at a consulting firm in New York City.
Please briefly describe what industry you’re in and what your particular position entails.
I am currently working at Bain & Company in the management consulting industry. We get to work side by side with our clients to solve some of the most interesting and important issues facing major U.S. and global firms today. My day-to-day involves the gathering, understanding, and analysis of key data to drive the team toward the answer to these complex business problems.
What time did you get up this morning before work?
What time did you start working, and what time were you done for the day?
On a typical day I start ~9AM and finish somewhere between ~8-10PM
What were some of the projects you worked on today?
Market sizing, analysis of client and survey data, thinking about how the analysis informs our answer to the particular business problem we are addressing.
Who specifically did you interact with today, besides coworkers (clients, interns, researchers, executives, founders, etc.)?
I typically interact with my case team and our client on a day-to-day basis.
Are you currently traveling or about to travel for work?
I am currently on a local case, so I just come into the Bain NYC office every day.
What was your favorite part of the work day?
Collaborating with my case team, sharing the results of my analysis with them, and discussing the implications.
What are some of the challenges within your position that you particularly enjoy?
Working on some of the most difficult and complex business challenges facing our clients today, Sifting through wide varieties of data and information and identifying the pieces and analysis that will drive us toward an answer.
How did you end up in your current position?
Equipped with both a Wharton and an Engineering degree, I had many options for career paths that I could pursue. I ended up choosing to start my career in management consulting because it is a fantastic way to gain exposure to multiple industries and have access to the types of problems c-suite executives are thinking about on a daily basis. Bain is a wonderful firm with a rich culture of mentorship and an exceptional cohort of thoughtful, intelligent, down to earth people – I could not have asked for a better place to launch my career!
How did M&T help prepare you for where you are today?
The M&T program, with the rigor of its academics and high caliber of its students, helped me develop the analytic problem-solving skills that I use today in my job on a day-to-day basis. Through the program, I was introduced to a select cohort of some of the most interesting, intelligent individuals I have ever had the pleasure of calling my peers, many of whom remain my life-long friends. They continue to challenge me to think critically about the world and what my contribution will be.
What advice do you have for those who might be interested in pursuing a similar path?
Set aside time regularly to self-reflect. Ask yourself: What kinds of problems excite you? What kinds of industries are they in? What kinds of skills do you want to develop and what kind of work and working environment motivates you most? Then do your best to structure your academic and professional career to keep getting you closer to a place that fits all of those dimensions!
Ashley is an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in New York City. She graduated from M&T in 2011 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Science from Penn Engineering as well as a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School with concentrations in Marketing and Health Care Management. In her free time, Ashley enjoys seeing musicals and plays, exploring NYC, scrapbooking, and discovering new restaurants. The last book she read for fun is The Perks of Being a Wallflower and she loves traveling in Latin America.