- Why did you choose AG?
- I graduated from college with a degree in philosophy, political science, and economics, with quantitative skills in my tool belt and an interest in the law and public policy. Economic consulting seemed like a natural fit. I interviewed with several economic consulting firms, but AG was an obvious choice because of the people I interacted with during the recruiting process. They made me feel welcome and respected for my time and ideas in a way that I didn’t feel when interviewing at other places.
- What do you work on at AG?
- In health care, I work on epidemiology cases using claims data. In litigation, I have clocked a lot of hours working with big tech companies on issues ranging from antitrust to intellectual property. It’s really a mixed bag, which is perfect for someone with a “mixed-bag” background like myself. Outside of casework, I am also involved in the Analyst Recruiting Committee and AG Pride.
- What do you enjoy most about your work? What do you find most challenging?
- I really enjoy how different every day is. I go from interviewing doctors and patients about a disease on one day, to coding using enormous data sets on another, to reviewing blog posts and consumer reviews for a tech product on the next. I’ve learned so much about diseases I’d had no idea even existed before joining AG. Time management is definitely a challenge, as you can spend hours and hours trying to make sure everything is perfect. There’s always more to do.
- What new skills have you learned since joining AG?
- In terms of hard skills, I’ve picked up coding in SAS, Mathematica, and R. I’ve also gotten much more efficient with Excel (especially using the Index-Match-Match function). With regard to soft skills, I can confidently say that I’ve become a much better team player, communicator, and organizer. This includes feeling more comfortable with reaching out for help when stuck.
- What is it like to work on a case team?
- It really depends on the size of the cases. I’ve worked on cases with sizes ranging from three members to over thirty. It really boils down to open communication and having a shared vision, both of which are core to every team environment at AG.
- What do you do when you’re not working?
- I am trying to turn an idea for a board game into a startup. Also, since my background was in public policy, I try to stay updated on the news and contribute to social justice-oriented missions and organizations.