Meet the consultant…
Jack Considine, Business Analyst
Put simply, what does business analysis involve?
Using problem-solving skills to help take a business from point A to point B. We take an in-depth look at the company to understand its issues and requirements, allowing us to develop solutions and facilitate change.
What first drew you to this role?
I’ve always had a passion for problem-solving. Being a business analyst allows me to combine this with my knowledge of business strategy, which I studied at university. I also enjoy thinking creatively to help businesses overcome their challenges, which is something I get to do on a daily basis.
Your top tips for becoming the best possible business analyst?
It’s essential to have a keen eye for detail but at the same time be able to take a step back and appreciate the bigger business picture. This allows you to understand why change is needed and how to make it work. Since business analysis can be applied to many fields, knowing what drives you about the role will help you become the best you can be.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to make mistakes; they’re an inevitable part of the process. Every decision should be viewed as a learning experience.
Any advice for those with their sights set on a consultancy career?
Graduate schemes can be a great way of securing experience, as an analyst or consultant. However, if this isn’t possible, reaching out to your network can help get you to get a foot in the door. This was how I managed to get in front of a hiring manager.
Before you start in the field, knowing your USPs compared to other candidates is also very important and will help you to shine in the eyes of a potential employer.
Your unique selling points as a member of the Entec Si team?
What sets me apart is my varied sector experience, covering manufacturing, finance, supply chain and consultancy. I am continually questioning how business challenges have arisen in the first place and why improvements are needed. Keeping this in mind helps to guide my decisions throughout a project.
What cause are you passionate about, and why?
I’m passionate about considering the ‘why’ of things and try to apply this to all areas of my work. Having a questioning mind means that I’m always looking at ways to make businesses better and there’s always a strong purpose for putting business improvements in place.
How do you plan to make the most out of 2021?
2020 was a year that made many of us change our priorities. In 2021, I want to continue focusing on my personal development but having moved into my first house, there are lots of home improvement projects that I need to get started on too! I’m also hoping that before too long, it’ll be possible to spend more time with my family and friends.
Published: Feb 5, 2021
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