Jensen Duy

Analyst, Boston

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.
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