Day in the Life – Alice Gray, Communications Consultant
How did you get into consulting?
I sort of got into change by accident. I previously worked for an organisation going through a period of transformation and found that those were the projects I most enjoyed working on. So, when it came time to look for my next role, I decided to look for positions that were part of change programmes.
I spent some time contracting and had the opportunity to work on some great change projects. In August 2019 I returned to England after a year in Australia and decided to look into consultancy. Afiniti is my first role as a consultant and, for me, the best thing about it is I can continue to work on a variety of interesting projects, but now it is as part of a team of knowledgeable and passionate people.
One of my favourite things about working at Afiniti is that you don’t really have an ‘average day’. There is a lot of variety to how I spend my time, depending on the project I’m working on and where it is based.
Afiniti is great for flexible working and it’s great knowing I can work from home whenever suits me. I like working with others, so I tend to head into the London office most days. On this day, I go to the gym for a class to wake me up before I head into the office. Living in London means I’ve got a short commute and it only takes me about half an hour to get in.
I’m currently working on two projects for the same client which means it’s important for me to balance priorities for each. The first thing I do in the morning is look at my to-do list for the week to check where I am with my tasks for both projects and what my priorities are for the day.
I’m a real morning person so I try to keep my mornings free to really get my head down and focus on what I need to do. Today that means working on some updates to a client’s intranet site to make sure we’re giving staff the latest information about the project and what we’re asking them to do.
As my team is based all over the UK, we have a daily catch-up via Teams to update each other with our progress and make sure everyone has what they need. It’s a great way of making sure that even though we aren’t all in the same room, we all keep connected about what is going on. The catch-up gives me a chance to confirm a few details in the intranet changes with the team and then send it over to the Comms Lead for feedback.
I spend the rest of the afternoon working with our creative team on some new posters for a series of upcoming events. I enjoy the creative part of my job, but I’m not the most artistic person so it’s great to be able to work closely with the creative team and use their expertise to bring my ideas to life.
Because my client is a global organisation, I sometimes have meetings outside of the standard 9-5. Tonight I have a quick 5-6 pm call to discuss next steps for the next stage of a new system rollout. After the meeting, I finish up a few final bits and then head home.