I work for a consulting firm and am based out of the office in New York City. A little over a year in, I have worked in five states and been challenged in a variety of ways. I wrote a blog post about what it’s like to be a consultant and what consultants do (click here for blog post), but this one is a deeper dive into what I actually do during the day. Since I am on a project in Washington DC now, it requires me to travel on Monday mornings. I will be focusing on a typical Monday and at the end I will talk a bit about the rest of the week. Let’s begin!
5:00am – Wake up and get ready for the day. Since I did not flex travel over the weekend, I have to catch my flight from the LaGuardia Airport. It is too early to put my work clothes on, so I slip into something comfy and put on my sneakers.
5:30am – Catch an Uber (company paid, of course) to the airport. I usually leave for the airport before the sun rises, so it is still dark out and I get to beat the morning rush.
6:00am – Arrive at the airport. I always fly Delta, and there is a Delta shuttle flight from NYC to DC every hour on Monday mornings. I go through security via the fancy (not really) TSA pre-check line and don’t have to take out my three laptops and shoes. The Marine Terminal only has six gates, so the line is always pretty short, and there is free coffee! While I’m waiting to board the flight, I edit photos for the blog or my Instagram.
7:00am – Flight leaves. It is only a 45-minute flight from take-off to touchdown, super fast! I will either read a book during the flight (currently reading this book) or work on blog posts.
8:00am – Land in Washington, DC and catch an Uber to the hotel. I check into my hotel and change into work clothes. Sometimes if the flight is delayed, I will head straight to the client site. Since I had some time to kill, I ate at the breakfast buffet for a bit. Never say no to free food! I then catch an Uber to the client site.
9:30am – Arrive at the client site. Time to sift through all the emails from over the weekend and see my schedule for the week. Sometimes I will do a bit of this on Sunday night to see what my week will be like, but I try to not do that too often to have a better work-life balance. Since I am a data scientist, a good portion of my Monday morning is spent on data and coding to get reports ready for the afternoon. My team also catches up with each other on what we did over the weekend.
1:00pm – Time for my team’s daily meeting. This is the time for my manager to assign us tasks and check up on how we are doing with previous tasks. We also use this time to prepare for meetings with the client. Since I am on a government project, I’m not allowed to talk too much about it here. The meeting ended a bit early, so we had time to grab lunch. I know this is really unhealthy, but most of the time my team barely has time to eat lunch sigh.
2:00pm – Meeting with client. Again, not allowed to talk about it, sorry!
3:00pm – Meeting with client again, but a different group of people.
4:00pm – Back at my desk to work on things that were mentioned during the meetings. I work on data merging in Qlikview and coding in R to produce forecasting models. My team has pretty bad hours, but we stick through it together and listen to each other’s rumbling bellies.
8:00pm – Time to head back to the hotel. I pretty much always tell the Uber driver to take a pit stop at a restaurant nearby (Panera, Chipotle, Sweetgreen, Cava…) so I can grab dinner to-go and head back to the hotel.
8:30pm – Finally back at the hotel! I eat my dinner while watching Baby Daddy on Netflix. It is my second time watching the show, definitely recommend. I also watch a lot of vloggers on YouTube!
9:30pm – Time to shower and unwind. If you saw on my Instagram earlier this week, I use this facial cleansing brush to cleanse and exfoliate my face. I also have a blog post about what I bring in my travel makeup bag (click here for blog post). After I’m clean and comfy in my pajamas, I hop into the amazingly comfy hotel bed and continue watching vlogs.
11:00pm – Bed time. I am tired from waking up at 5 in the morning, so it’s pretty natural for me to go to bed early on Mondays.
And that wraps up my Mondays! For the rest of the week, I wake up at 6:45/7:00 and arrive at the client site at 8:00. I continue to work on data modeling and forecasting, and my team continues to work late (and we don’t get overtime pay because the client is on a tight budget, unfortunately). On Thursday, my manager, a team member, and I head to the airport at 2:30/3:00 to catch our 5:00pm flights to wherever we are heading for the weekend.
A day in the life of a consultant really differs, which is an upside and downside of consulting. Consultants are always working on something different, whether it’s a different project, different client, different people, or different problem. Of course, not all projects require travel, but I like the perks of being on a traveling project. I mean, I don’t have to pay for food during the week and I get to rack up the hotel points and miles. If you want to know more about consulting, click here for the blog post.
I hope this was an interesting read and I’m sorry that I was not able to get nice photos. Travel days are especially hectic! People often ask me who takes my photos, well, sometimes I will ask my coworkers to take OOTDs haha (click here for five office-appropriate outfits). Do you think I should do a blog post about a week in the life of a consultant when I am at a different client site and I can talk more about the specifics? Let me know in the comments below! Thank you so much for stopping by!