There's no such thing as an average day for a consulting analyst. It's the phrase that's bounded out often, and has a lot of meaning behind it.
The variety in industry, roles and projects mean that an Analyst at Deloitte can expect to have their days filled with a plethora of contexts. Having joined Deloitte in Technology Consulting last year I have learnt a lot be that on dedicated training courses or learning the best practice methodologies for project work.
Over the year and few months I've been at Deloitte I've been fortunate enough to have worked on wide variety of really interesting projects some of which have been based abroad and some of which have been closer to home.
I'd be writing for ever if I were to go into detail as to how I helped create the Deloitte Digital site in Seattle or tried to explain the future of Content Management systems having attended Technology conferences in San Francisco so I will concentrate on trying to give you an idea of the few constants of a day, week and month.
Below I've created a break-down of what my typical day has consisted of whilst being on a development project developing an international news site and its accompanying offline tablet app during the year.
8.45 Get to Stonecutter Court, our London office.
9.00-9.15 Team standup. Every morning delivery projects have a meeting with all the team members for 15 minute. This involves everyone quickly saying what they did the day before and what they're moving onto today. This really helps me to spot any dependencies people have on me and raise any issues or problems I have.
13:00-16:30 As the majority of my projects have been agile engineering projects the afternoon would usually be taken up developing web functionality to meet the acceptance criteria defined in requirements tickets and discussing potential solutions with the functional lead.
Depending on the day of the week, this could also involve running demonstrations to the internal team or the client and planning and estimating further development work. Team sizes do vary per project and I have been lucky enough to be with a team of 4 or 5 where I have quickly gained responsibility for key project tasks.
This at times has been very challenging but one of the best things about Deloitte is the support you get from your Project Manager and senior colleagues and ultimately the work is very rewarding.
16:30-17:00 The end of the day usually results in a catch up meeting to review the day's progress and highlight any issues you came across.
Obviously the above is littered with getting to know the team you work with, the odd debate about when/how various technologies are going to take over the world and stocking up on stationary while you're in the office. From a working hours point of view, don't be surprised with a day long workshop or long evening when working on a bid, but I've been at Deloitte for a little over a year now and it's not that regular and never too long before you return to a normal schedule.
While my day generally has a similar format, the people I meet and the deliverables I'm producing are incredibly varied and to me that's part of what makes being an Analyst at Deloitte so exciting and different to other companies.
My first year in Technology consulting at Deloitte has been great. I've met some great new friends and yes, it's been a steep learning curve and some long nights at times but I've had a lot of fun and it's a place where I can already see opportunities for my career to grow into.
Nick Brown is an Analyst in the Consulting Technology Team (London) at Deloitte.