A Day in the Life of Mike S.
Mike is from Connecticut and first joined Avascent’s DC HQ as a Summer Analyst before returning full-time after graduating. Prior to Avascent, Mike studied international relations with a focus on security. Mike’s work at Avascent focuses mainly on business strategy for defense platforms and systems, and he has worked with clients across a range of advanced technologies including radars, missiles, developmental aircraft, and command and control systems
Arrive at the office. I always eat half of a granola bar from the snack wall for breakfast, so if you want the other half, it’s in the Café. I typically spend the first half-hour or so at work reading the news—I typically go to WSJ, skim through the Defense News Early Bird Briefing, and hop over to the Atlantic for a thinkpiece (today: “Instagram’s Wannabe-Stars Are Driving Luxury Hotels Crazy”).
Call with another analyst in the London office to discuss a market model we are making for a M&A strategic diligence. We are sizing the market for aircraft engines, landing gear, actuators, pumps, accessories, avionics, and airframe component repair, replacement, and leasing for military, oil & gas, first responders, business, and commercial users of fixed-wing and rotary-wing platforms. So, you know, a typical Avascent segmentation. We decide on a path forward and agree to get back together once we have executed on our work.
Desperately scour the internet for information on how often helicopters used in the oil & gas sector require maintenance. Post findings in the project Chatter stream on Salesforce and double-check that there aren’t any off-the-shelf resources we can use to answer the question.
Re-convene with the international team to put final touches on the model and update on changes. Thank my international team member profusely for accommodating my lunch schedule.
Buddy lunch! We enjoy a day of great weather and a chance to catch up on each other’s work. I resolve to order the healthy vegetables and hummus plate but bail last-minute for the jerk chicken sandwich. I do not regret the decision at any point during the rest of the day.
My other project team and I depart for an in-person kick-off meeting with a client. In the car ride over, we review the deck we’ve prepared, do some last-minute research checks to see if there are any articles about the program we’re analyzing, and casually brush up on commercial jet engine design flaws from a Principal. He also corrects me when I call a barrel roll a “loopdy-loop,” so don’t make the same mistake I did.
Our client meeting is overwhelmingly dominated by video teleconferencing technical difficulties, but we manage to glean a number of important program details, as well as client preferences for our deliverables, which I take note of for team reference for later. The client insists we share in their snacks and I sheepishly select a small bag of pretzels.
Return to the Avascent DC office and roll up my sleeves to do some initial research! I usually start with simple, general Google searches and build up a picture of a program, including requirements, timeline, and history, taking notes in a Word doc or on Microsoft Teams to share with my colleagues. Particularly unique or urgent articles are typically posted on Salesforce Chatter, garnering a showering of likes from my grateful teammates.
I walk to the kitchen to refill my water bottle and see there is one fudge brownie triangle left in the Café from an in-office working lunch another team had. I longingly stare as the bottle slowly fills.
After a productive (and meeting-filled) day, I pack up my laptop, grab any paper notes I may want to work from, and head to the gym for a workout before dinner. I may casually do some extra research later in the evening before Jeopardy! comes on, and head to bed around midnight.