Life On The Job

Management consultant - Dave


I was always interested in numbers, so that was where I started in my career. My parents' jobs were not really relevant to what I did and now do.


Always take an opportunity.

Mine included taking up an offer to be a computer programmer (1963!), taking up a job offer in Australia (from the UK), and leaving the public service 10 years ago to become a consultant.


Teachers (in the 1950s and 1960s) were of no help. I focussed on numerate subjects, as these were my interest. My teachers would certainly be surprised by my current career. Having a degree was very helpful.


Computer training was provided by the Commonwealth Government (doesn't happen anymore). Subsequent training was mainly on the job, plus self-directed training.


I reckon I get paid for the level of work that I contribute - if I was self employed I would earn a lot more BUT I would be working from home and would not have the intellectual and social stimulation I get from working in a large firm. I (now) really enjoy working with other people and helping them solve their problems.


The company I worked for encourages professional development - at least 5 days per year. The company pays for relevant tertiary study, provided it is successful!



Conducting a Survey - How could School Assemblies be improved? What does the community think?

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"Management consultants are primarily concerned with the strategy, structure, management and operations of an organisation. They will identify options for the organisation and suggest recommendations for change, as well as helping with additional resources to implement solutions.

Typical tasks, particularly for new graduate recruits, involve:

  • carrying out research and data collection to understand the organisation;

  • conducting analysis;

  • interviewing client's employees, management team and other stakeholders;

  • running focus groups and facilitating workshops;
    preparing business proposals/presentations."
    (Source: Prospects)

1. In groups of 4 - 5 students, you are to conduct a survey at your school about School Assemblies and how they could be improved.

2. Develop up the questions that you think will allow all people involved with school assemblies have a say on how they should be conducted. You might divide up your target audiences for each of your groups into:

a. Teachers
b. Students - younger (3 classes)
c. Students - older (3 classes)
d. Executive

3. Using Survey Monkey, design your survey

Survey Monkey

4. Conduct the survey - asking each group to complete your survey.

5. Analyse the results and show them to the Principal. Ask if these results can be shown at a school assembly.

6. Present the results at a school assembly.

7. Reflection. Did your results make any changes to the school assemblies? Why? Why not?


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