Meet the consultant… Amarpreet Assi
In a nutshell, what does a junior consultant do?
As a junior consultant, I manage small scale projects from start to finish. This involves carefully planning resources to ensure every stage goes smoothly and delegating to other team members to make the most of their expertise.
As with any type of management role, being highly organised and setting goals that are clear and achievable is crucial to the project’s success.
What does a typical day in your role look like?
Much of my day-to-day involves keeping tabs on how the different parts of my projects are going and keeping them ticking along. This means that my day often starts with updating project documentation such as action and risk logs, to ensure everyone is on the same page. However, I also spend a lot of time working closely with clients and key stakeholders.
How did you decide consultancy was for you?
It’s something that I sort of fell into. I had been interested in project management for some time, so when I saw a project support role being advertised at Entec Si I seized the opportunity and worked my way up.
The thing I love most about working in consultancy is the scope for progression and growth. There’s always something to learn, whether that’s from your colleagues or clients, and there are plenty of opportunities to push yourself out of your comfort zone.
Any tips for aspiring project managers?
Organisation is a key ingredient of a great project manager. We have to be skilled at coordinating several different tasks and people within a project. However, it’s important to remember that one person can’t do everything and to trust in your team.
It’s important to be aware that projects can be unpredictable. However every challenge offers the opportunity to learn and develop new skills, which I find exciting.
What makes Entec Si such a great place to work?
The unique company culture. Entec Si truly puts its people at the heart of everything it does and this is reflected in its recruitment approach. The team live and breathe the business’ values. This means we’re well placed to support and learn from each other.
Although it goes without saying that everyone is talented at what they do, Entec Si always makes sure that new recruits are the right fit for the team. This is something that can’t be taught!
Something people might not know about you?
I’m a bit of a thrill seeker. I love rollercoasters and my biggest goal is to someday go skydiving abroad.
I also really enjoy reading and lockdown has allowed me to rekindle my love for it. I’ve even set up a local book club where we read and discuss young adult fiction. At the moment we’re purely virtual, but we‘re looking forward to meeting in real life as soon as it’s safe.
Who inspires you, and why?
It sounds a bit cliché, but my parents have always inspired me. My mum is practically Superwoman. I don’t know how she manages to do everything, from having cared for my elderly grandparents to looking after four children and six grandchildren.
My dad is where I get my energy from. He’s very driven and entrepreneurial. Having come to the UK from India as a young man, he built his company from scratch and his business knowledge is all self-taught. His ability to successfully balance his career and family life is something I really look up to.
Published: Apr 8, 2021
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