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Career Story: Consultant To The Federal Government

Consultant To The Federal Government

Job Title: Consultant

Education: BA in Econonmics, Kalamazoo College in Michigan •• MBA in Marketing, George Washington University in DC

Previous Experience: Legislative Assistant for third world countries doing legislative research Lobbying on international issues for Fortune 500 consumer products company Direct marketing for a Fortune 500 telecommunications company

Job Tasks: I help the government communications team develop and implement products, events, documents, ideas to educate the trade community and government employees on a new computer system. Each day is spent writing, organizing schedules, editing documents developed by team members, analyzing data to measure performance and lots of meetings. My background is marketing so I bring in a lot of marketing ideas and that is not always so welcomed in the government. The approach I must take is outreach and communications. Therefore I say I educate and reach out to the end users of this new computer system on behalf of the government. I prepare the end users for this change that is about to occur.

I only work part time so my days in the office are crazy. I have to fit it all in and do not have time to socialize with co-workers, which I think is an important part of the work life. My days in the office are at the computer for most of the day working in email, Excel, Powerpoint or Word to write documents. As with any government consultant job, I also attend a lot of meetings to discuss strategy and status of projects. I fortunately work with a lot of older and more experienced team members and therefore learn a lot from them about the job itself but also on management style.

I spend a little time here and there on socializing so that I can keep up with the water cooler talk. It is important to bond with co-workers and keep good relationships with your teammates and managers. It is okay to socialize a little if you do your work well and get the work done on time.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is the flexibility of schedule and autonomy of the job. I love my manager and the job itself. The worst parts are the commute and drama sometimes associated with co workers. The political game is a part of every job.

Job Tips:
1. Consultants need to have the willingness to go with the flow is important

2. Consultants need to have the willingness to do menial task and be a team player

3. It is helpful to have a graduate degree. It builds confidence, gets you experience in writing and dealing with "consultant" like people who worry about processes. A graduate degree also opens the door for you to change career paths without starting over.

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