NAME: Jamilla Adeline Ekedi-Tanenang
EDUCATION: Politics And International Studies BA Hons, University of Warwick
JOB TITLE: Management Consultant in Banking and Wealth & Asset Management
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Driven. Vivacious. Ambitious
You’re a Management Consultant at a boutique consulting firm. What’s the story behind your career choice and the choice of firm?
If I am being honest. It was a case of trying something new. I had a few friends that were working in consulting and some others that I had done some experience. After some research and determining where I felt would be the best fit I applied to my firm during my 2nd year of university. I already had friends working there and I had heard only positive things about the culture and the ability to truly get involved. I applied and got onto their Summer Internship Programme and I was subsequently given an offer for a full time Analyst role upon graduation.
What does your job entail on a day to day basis?
Each day is completely varied. For example on a Monday I spend most of the time in meetings to gather information that I shall need for the working week. I also spend time pulling together a pack an liaising with people from various workstreams. Another day, I may spend the majority of the day doing internal work for my company. The benefits of my job is that no two days are the same and there is the flexibility to manage my workload in the way that works best for me – this is especially beneficial as I get to use my free time to effectively focus on my other endeavours.
What do you like the most about what you do?
The best part of what I do is the people. Not simply working with other consultants but the clients themselves. Relationship management and development is the highlight of each day on a project. Whilst it is great to build your network whilst you are still junior and connect with the leaders of the future – that is not why I love this part of my job. Being a junior is consulting can be difficult as many clients bring us in as Subject Matter Experts, and initially it seemed like my impact would be minimal. However once I began engaging with clients and building relationships I realised that my passion was also my greatest strength and contribution.
What was your ever first work experience?
The first work experience was working as a waitress at Lord’s Cricket Ground for a catering company. 12 hours a day on my feet certainly prepared me for hard work!
A Consultant by Day and a Social Entrepreneur by Night. What is Project XX and how do you see it developing in the future.
Project XX is a gender based career initiative focused on young women for young women. Young women in the early years of their careers have the benefit of seeming relatable to even younger women. We are focused on girls between the ages of 14-18 and aim to inspire through aspiration.
I try to take it one step, day, school and girl at a time. We are currently approaching more schools in an attempt to reach as many girls are possible across a range of backgrounds. All of the current mentors and speakers have signed up to do as many schools as possible but the more the merrier. Project XX can only truly work if the young women involved want to make difference thus we spend as much time engaging with the mentors as we do engaging with potential new schools and youth centres.
What are you most passionate about?
I love to help. That has manifested itself in my job as well as my life – Project XX included. I love to help others through friendship and advice but also through presence.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself being happy with all aspects of my life. I am a strong believer in relying on yourself and your own decisions for your own happiness.
What’s your proudest moment?
Graduating from university was my proudest moment. Especially seeing how proud my family were of me.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
‘In the dark don’t panic and lose your way, just remember that you have a plan that will take you to your desired destination’
What message/tips would you like to give to young women with similar aspirations?
Grasp and consider every opportunity that come your way – there is nothing negative about willingness and eagerness. Also, something that I didn’t really learn myself until recently – treat everything as a learning curve. As a consultant you are the product and it is important to self assess and learn constantly.