A Day in the Life of Clara
Clara is an Analyst in Avascent’s London office where she supports growth strategy development for clients in government-driven markets. Clara’s work includes existing and emerging market opportunities, evaluation potential M&A targets, Price-To-Win analyses, and due diligences. Prior to Avascent, Clara worked as a Strategy Analyst in a fast-growing technology startup in Paris. She has a Bachelors in Business Administration from ESSEC Business School and a Masters in Management from London Business School.
I wake up, take a quick shower, dress up casually since I have no client meeting today, and jump on the tube. The London office operates a flexible hybrid work model, but I like coming in at least 3 times a week. I have a 20 min. commute to the office during which I usually read a book or listen to a podcast.
I usually grab a quick breakfast and take advantage of the quiet morning at the office to organize my day. I read through my research notes and assess potential gaps I might find, I’ll set some time aside later today to dig deeper into specific markets.
I jump on a bi-weekly team check-in. Since the team is split between Paris and London, we do most of our meetings on Teams. I’m currently working on a project for a large UK defense player and have been spending most of my time doing research this week. It’s a great opportunity to share my findings with the team and get a path forward from the project manager.
I have a primary call with a former army officer as I am trying to get insights on the land turret market in Europe. The guy was very chatty, and the call ended up taking more time than I had planned, but I got interesting insights which I will share on the Teams page as it might be useful for other analysts on the project.
It’s lunch time! My favorite place around the office is a Greek take-out place that prepares fresh food every day! We step outside to grab food and gather in the conference room to eat together. It’s a great time to get together, talk about our weekend plans, recent trips we’ve done or the best pubs in London.
Back to work, I’m still missing some data on the French and Italian market. I look for people to reach out to on LinkedIn and shoot a couple of invites. They are usually very responsive, and I manage to schedule a few calls for later this week.
I get a staffing e-mail for a new project. It’s not starting right away but I’m a very curious person and read through the statement of work I just received to know what the project is about. It’s a 2-week due diligence for a private equity firm, this one might be a little intense but really interesting!
I jump on a call with my project manager (PM) who is in Paris to walk him through the Excel model I’ve been working on. He shows me a few tricks to gain in efficiency but seems satisfied with the progress I’ve made so far.
Even if my research is not fully done, I’ve gathered a good amount of data and I can start working on slides. My goal is to have the first section done by tonight, to fully focus on the remaining sections during the rest of the week.
I’m starving! Thankfully, our office manager always has a ton of healthy snacks stocked up for us. I grab a granola bar and a coffee with coworkers and get back to my slides.
I’m done, I send a Teams message to my PM to tell him that I have slides ready to review.
Workout time! I’m really into Barry’s Bootcamp’s intense workouts these days. I try hitting the gym at least 3 times a week, it clears my mind and helps me stay healthy, and it’s needed after 10+ hours seating at a desk (even though we have the coolest standing desks at the office).
I’m home, I open my laptop to check if I have received some feedback from my PM but he’s been busy on another project and won’t have time to review my slides tonight. When project deadlines are coming up, I sometimes order a Deliveroo and get a little more work done.
I have a nice setup at home thanks to months of lockdown we’ve be through here, and I don’t like being in the office late, especially when the sun sets at 3:30 PM in December. This time, we’re still early-on in the project and I’ll pick-up where I left off tomorrow. My best friend calls me and asks me if I want to grab dinner in Shoreditch, and I head out!