I joined CF in September 2019 immediately after studying maths at the University of Portsmouth. During my degree, I undertook a work placement year as a biostatistician at a global pharmaceutical company, though wanted to try something new when applying for grad jobs.
I joined CF with no consulting experience, and minimal understanding of what consultants actually do, just an interest in improving healthcare that was inspired by my mum working for the NHS throughout my childhood. For the first 4 months of my journey at CF, I worked with the data innovation team to build an internal analysis tool. This was a great experience to improve my coding skills and begin getting to grips with the world of consulting before entering project work.
Now working as a Consultant, the CF analyst programme really helped me to develop core consulting skills, gain NHS knowledge and learn how to establish and maintain good working relationships with clients and colleagues.
My favourite thing about working at CF has been the ability to get involved in anything that I am passionate about and find likeminded people that are willing to help. An example of this was establishing an internship in the summer of 2021. When it comes to projects at CF, there is a nice combination of variation so that you don’t get bored, but enough similarity that there is always someone in the company with experience that you can turn to for help.
The typical life of an analyst at CF includes gathering data, data analysis (mostly using Excel), attending meetings with clients, summarising information (either from research or attending interviews and workshops) and lots of collaborative working with your project team. There’s lots of variation based on what type of project you are on, but the basis of working together with internal and client teams and producing slide packs runs throughout each project.