BY RICKY ARNOLD | ANALYST
This week, we are excited to share Ricky Arnold’s experiences as an Analyst.
Ricky joined Sendero as an Analyst nearly two years ago. During his time here, he has managed projects related to process improvement, IT security, and compliance. Ricky has also been closely involved with several of our non-profit partners through our Community Rocks program.
Ricky sat down with us to share his experiences at Sendero and what it means to be an Analyst.
Tell us about your evolution as a consultant during your time at Sendero.
Through working with many different people, I learned to adapt my preferred working style to match that of my team members and stakeholders, resulting in a more productive and efficient team. Sendero has given me opportunities to strengthen my skill set in leading and motivating others through client experiences, internal contributions, and recruiting.
How has Sendero helped facilitate your growth?
Working with other Senderoans has challenged me to work more efficiently and stretched my perception of what I thought I was capable of. There is always someone available to go to for expertise in a given functional area. Having access to more experienced consultants has provided me with the opportunity to tap into growth that I may not have been able to elsewhere.
Working with other Senderoans has challenged me to work more efficiently and stretched my perception of what I thought I was capable of.
What’s been your most impactful project so far?
On one of my first projects as a Sendero consultant, I was challenged to lead a team in a cyber security initiative. Almost immediately, I was required to steer my team in the right direction and had to come up with a plan quickly. While this was difficult for me, as I was new not only to Sendero but also to my client, this experience was by far the most impactful. It not only taught me the technical skills required for creating a strategy, but also that I had the grit to be a successful consultant. Truly believing in yourself is impactful, not only to yourself, but also to the teams you are a part of.
What do you find most challenging about being an Analyst?
As an Analyst, instead of being given clear and concrete tasks, you may be asked to formulate a plan and then lead a team in the execution of the plan. Analysts are expected to sort through the unknowns and provide structure, support, and organization so their teams can be successful. While this is challenging, it’s rewarding to be looked to as a Subject Matter Expert.
Describe your current role/project.
My current client is a healthcare provider who is integrating their IT systems as part of an acquisition. My role on the program is to manage the migration efforts to ensure the migration is completed on time and has little to no impact on the end users. This involves meeting with various IT Leaders throughout the organization to ensure tasks are completed on-time, identifying issues/roadblocks that are stopping progress, and reporting to management on the overall health of the migration. The client is much larger than I originally anticipated and has many other Sendero consultants working on similar efforts, which makes coming into work fun and something I look forward to.
Favorite Sendero memory?
I had the opportunity to work on a team where we were asked to put together an analytics dashboard for a local nonprofit who offers camp experiences for children with acute illnesses. The client was interested in visually showing metrics around donor funding and camper safety, so they engaged Sendero to partner with them. One of my favorite memories at Sendero was hearing from the client how appreciative they were and how impactful our delivery of an analytics dashboard was to their mission. It reminded me that you can always make a positive, meaningful impact on people near you and within your community.
What advice would you share with a college student considering a career in consulting?
A career in consulting provides you with a variety of experiences which can help you identify what you like and who you want to be as a professional. Once you have an idea of your interests, consulting provides a path to pursue and deepen these interests into passions, which can make you more holistically satisfied in your career. A career in consulting fosters an engaging and diverse workload each day.
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A career in consulting provides you with a variety of experiences which can help you identify what you like and who you want to be as a professional.