Alfa - Macarena Blanco

Name: Macarena Blanco
Job Title: Consultant
Company: Alfa
Sectors: Computing & IT, Consultancy

How did you find the application and interview process for your job?

It consisted of two interviews which enabled you to get a very good feel of the culture of the company and the type of work you would be doing. You were also given the chance to show how you think and how you respond to pressure. Yougot the opportunity to speak to a very senior person in the company. This showed the emphasis set on recruiting the right person for the job and even if you did not get the job you got good inside knowledge on how the industry works from the interviews.

Why did you decide to work in this industry?

I like the combination of consultancy and technical ability. You have the opportunity to learnhow businesses really work and how change is implemented.

What do you enjoy most about working in this industry?

What I enjoy most is that it allows you to make an impact across a whole organisation and see the results of your work in a relatively short time.

What have you struggled most with since starting you career, and do you have any advice on how to overcome it?

The industry moves on at a staggering speed – you have to make a continuous effort to keep updated with the new tools and methodologies available to you.

Do you feel diversity is an issue in the Industry you work in?

I think diversity is an advantage in this industry. A significant proportion of our clients are overseas. Having a diverse workplace ensures that we are best prepared towork with people fromdifferent cultures and backgrounds.

What's the best career advice you've ever received?

Do not only listen carefully to what the client wants, also make an effort to understand what the client really needs.

What advice would you give to other aspiring graduates looking to work in your field?

Love detail and strive to finish what you start.

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