A Day in the Life of Alexia
Alexia conducts research and analysis to support clients operating in federal and international government-driven markets.
Prior to joining Avascent, Alexia worked as Junior Consultant Intern at Advention Business Partners Consulting Firm conducting market research and strategy analysis. She received a Masters’ in international development with a specialization in project management from Sciences Po Paris.
Get used to getting up a bit earlier now that we’re back at the office, scroll through the news, take a quick breakfast before grabbing my new bike to head to the office, riding along the Seine, the Eiffel Tower and arriving place de la Concorde.
Take advantage of the time difference with the London office to read and answer mails, organizing my day and sharing interesting news articles on Teams.
It’s great to be able to catch up once more with the Paris team around a cup of coffee in the kitchen, keeping in mind social distancing! Check up on new interns, make sure that everything is clear and answer questions that come up.
Join the team for a quick daily check-in meeting online on my project A for a European client, discussing potential roadblocks and setting up further tasks and deadlines.
Do more research on project A, organizing outputs and filling in slides. Add stickies to be further discussed with the PM and set up calls in the afternoon, as necessary.
Lunch time break is sacred in French culture! We go grab take-out lunch from open restaurants in the neighborhood and eat together in our big conference room; somehow ending up talking again about the difficulties of setting up joint European Defense projects, tank pgrms., along with Nabil’s food habits…
Prepare for the afternoon client brief on Project A, trying to anticipate questions and align story.
Weekly one-hour update call with the European client, briefing module updates, taking notes of follow up questions and potential edits.
Check-in meeting with the American team on project B, at the start of their day.
Send out invites on Linkedin, mails or try calling directly people for primaries on project B; as this is the time of the day that aligns with most time zones.
Small break: grab a snack and cup of tea.
Finish completing updates, and slides to send final version for the COB deadline on project B.
Schedule a call with PMs if needed, to align research and objectives for the end of the day.
In this case, the project is running a bit overtime, I order Deliveroo to eat at the office and spend my time further organizing research and tasks. Otherwise, I head out to take a drink during the last summer days on the riverbanks.
Check out mails and feedback from the PM/PD to get an idea of priorities for the next day. Also check the calendar with next day’s meetings.
Find a 30min online Yoga class to stretch out and relax after the day, read or watch a Netflix show before going to bed.