Credentials: Huron Consulting Group
Position title: Consulting Associate
Major: Life Sciences Communication
Certificates: Digital Studies
Graduation Date: May 2018
How did you end up working at Huron Consulting Group?
I was working for a healthcare non-profit right out of college and realized I didn’t love marketing. I had a friend that worked at Huron and explained to me that consultants come from all sorts of different backgrounds with different skill sets. Now I specialize in change management helping support and prepare organizations for process changes.
What does a typical day in the office look like for you?
Every day is completely different as a consultant. I work with higher education institutions to deploy the cloud Enterprise Resource Planning system Workday, so I work with clients on a daily basis consulting on readiness and training strategy for all of the changes that come with launching a cloud solution.
I am typically staffed on 1-2 clients at a time and sometimes travel to client sites in order to have face-to-face time with our counterparts. Each project is organized into functional teams, a technical team, and a change management team. Depending on what your specialization is, your daily activities will vary. With functional consulting, we work with client counterparts to understand how they perform daily functions such as processing payroll and employee onboarding (to name a few) and make recommendations on how to improve the efficiency of those processes in Workday. We then configure those business processes and test them in the system.
I am currently focused on change management where I work with a team to determine how to train campus on the upcoming changes, host webinars to communicate these changes, and work with change champions on campus to help advocate for the positive impacts this project will have.
How has Digital Studies influenced your career path?
Digital Studies was unique in that we did a lot of collaborating with other students and expanding our minds to think about the huge influence technology has on our day to day lives. These experiences had a huge impact on preparing me to work in the tech world.
Do you have any advice for current students?
My advice would be to take the time to take courses outside of your comfort zone and try new things. Digital Studies offers such a variety that you can truly build your own path for post-graduation and even when you don’t think the course will apply to you, you’ll be surprised how much those lessons help guide you in the future.
What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career thus far?
I am really proud of my career as a consultant overall and being able to help large institutions embrace new technologies that have a positive impact on their day to day lives. It is the best feeling when we go live with a new client!